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« Reply #30 on: April 20, 2008, 10:17:19 PM »
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« Reply #31 on: April 21, 2008, 11:31:16 PM »
Hi, everyone! My name is Bob Kolin and I live in Virginia Beach, VA. I started playing the harmonica two years ago by joining a local beginners club, the SouthSide Harmonica Club. I had just moved here from Richmond, VA and was looking for a hobby that was fairly inexpensive and that I could do pretty much anywhere. So, here I am.

I started playing on a diatonic, but have since moved to the chromatic. My first purchase was a Hohner Chrometta, but I had lots of issues with the reeds sticking, so I bought a Seydel Deluxe about 8 months ago. I've been very happy with it until last Monday when the slide broke down. Fortunately, I contacted Rupert Oysler from Seydel USA, and he offered to repair it for me.

I'm seriously looking to purchase a 16-hole chromatic now, but need some advice. Because of the Hohner price increase, I've been looking at the Suzuki Chromatix 64. But I've also read some posts about others that might be better options to consider, i.e., Hering or the never-before-heard-of-until-yesterday Thoman. http://www.thomann.de/gr/thomann_chromatic_64_mundharmonika.htm

I've pretty much gone sour on Hohner because of my experience and that of another club member who had issues with a brand new Super 64X (reeds sticking; poor customer service). Does anyone have any feedback for me on any of these options other than a Hohner?

Okay...I can't speak about Suzuki (never owned one), but have heard  anecdotally that their customer service is excellent.

 However, I did buy (after owning only Hohner chromatics  - 260's, 270's, Super 64's and 280's) ...one Antique Gold Hering 16 2 years ago, much to my regret.  If you think Hohner's customer service is bad (which it isn't), Hering's is practically nonexistent.  The windsavers curl for no apparent reason (whether the chromatic is warmed up or not).  I'd bought it to have a 'fallback' 16 for Robert Bonfiglio's 2006 Seminar at the Grand  Canyon...and couldn't keep it warm enough to stop every single valve from curling immediately and staying curled.  It was impossible to play, therefore completely useless for my needs.

I had separate problems with a horrible odor and taste from the chromatic from the moment of purchase (discussed here on SlideMeister).  Some of the conclusions came to were that these harps (shipped probably by boat from South America)..might be exposed to insecticide in the ships' holds...causing this vile taste and smell.  Eventually one can rid the harp and case of the odor (baking soda, exposure to sun and air, various other methods were discussed), but it took me a long time.  I wouldn't play it during that time in case it was toxic.

  It's a nice looking instrument, and once I finally replace all the windsavers and possibly have it worked on by someone who knows what they're doing, it might end up proving to be one I'll eventually like, but so far I feel I threw away $140+. 

 Every other chromatic I own but one is a Hohner..and they're uniformly excellent out of the box.  Any fixing is easy, Hohner's reps are always present at the Conventions I attend and usually take care of minor reed misalignments or valve replacements with no hassles.  I can't say enough about Sissy Jones of Hohner, who spent hours working on instruments (including mine) at every convention with very little time for herself..a thankless job. 

I've learned to open them up myself and clean thoroughly, and even gap a wee bit. Haven't yet tuned a chrom...but I do have Rupert Oysler's DVD...so it's on my list of things to learn (as soon as I can make time).

They have a fuller, richer sound (the Super 64) than the 'tinnier', reedier sound of the Hering.  To some people, this sharper sound of the Hering is a bonus...that's what they're looking for.  It just isn't what I want at this time.  But I'll hold onto the one I own in case I want that sound down the road. 

I did buy one 12 hole Seydel chromatic last year from Ruper Oysler. It was the first 12 hole which came close to replicating the full, rich vibrato I get from the Super 64, but in a Bb (not available in any 16). I love playing different keyed chromatics. 

I also now play several CX-12's (Hohners) in various keys: C, Bb, A, F and will probably buy even more. I get a big kick out of them...like their tone very much, the ease of dismantling and cleaning, and the short throw...but they're missing the low end keys I need. 

The Super 64 is still my 'main axe'.  I have three of them and wouldn't trade you for any other 16 at this point in time.  For me, the silverplated mouthpiece is just right and the sound of this chromatic, beautiful.   If Seydel eventually makes a 16 in different keys, they could possibly lure me away from Hohner...unless Hohner comes out with a CX-16, but for a C...the 64 will always be my favourite.   


My .02 cents.

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« Reply #32 on: April 29, 2008, 12:03:31 PM »
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Hello SlideMeisters!

This is George Miklas, bass harmonicist of The HARPbeats.  I'm posting to let everyone know that we have just established a webpresence for our trio including this userid on SlideMeister, an email address HARPbeats@gmail.com and our own channel on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/user/HARPbeats

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« Reply #33 on: April 29, 2008, 08:17:33 PM »
Thanx Guys!
Good idea to have a separate HARPbeats account. :)
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« Reply #34 on: May 03, 2008, 12:06:13 AM »
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« Reply #35 on: May 03, 2008, 11:39:58 AM »
Howdy, I'm Don from Pensacola, FL.  I'm pretty new to chromatics and harmonicas in general.  I just got my Hohner 270 (C) five days ago and I've been playing a diatonic for about 3 weeks.  I'm not new to music, however.  I've been playing guitar for over 30 years and clawhammer banjo for about 5 years.  I can play a few other instruments as well (fiddle, mandolin, flute, saxophone, etc.), but I mainly play the guitar and banjo, mostly old time gospel and bluegrass.

I picked up the harmonica because I was going on travel and didn't have anything to play!  I stopped by a Cracker Barrel and picked a $5 Hohner Bluesband.  It actually sounds and plays pretty well.  I hated not having all the notes at my disposal so chromatic was the only way to go.  Besides, what's the point in buying twelve relatively inexpensive diatonic harmonicas when you can spend ten times the amount and get some nice chromatic ones? 

Anyway, I'm enjoying the chromatic harmonica.  It's by far the most portable instrument I've ever played which means it's with me pretty much wherever I go (in an insulated bag).  That translates into more practice time which hopefully means I can actually jam with it someday.  It also fits in very well with the kind of music I usually play. 

I've picked up quite a bit of info from this forum and hopefully I'll be able to contribute something worthwhile someday.  Thanks for all the shared knowledge.

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« Reply #36 on: May 03, 2008, 12:23:13 PM »
Don,

Cool! Gospel music! That makes up 90% of what I play too.

Again, Welcome aboard! We don't like to brag (at least maybe some of us don't  :)) but I think you'll soon agree that you've found your way on to the best harmonica forum in the world. (of course I have to say that!)

Last I heard, though slipping a bit in the last year or so, the 270 was still the most popular Chromatic on the planet, so you made a good choice. (but be assured; like the old Lay's potato chip commercial: "Nobody eats just one,"  nobody buys just one Chromatic!  :)

Whenever you're ready start a thread in one of the boards.

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« Reply #38 on: May 08, 2008, 08:20:18 PM »
  Hi folks. My name is Mike Melton and I live in Illinois about 30 min. from down town St. Louis. I have been
playing music professionally since 1968, mostly as a singer. I took up diatonic one day when Whammer Jammer came out and the guitar player insisted we learn it. I have been playing harmonica ever since. I tried chromatic shortly in the late 70s but just couldn't get a handle on it and was overwhelmed with the maintenance. I could find NO information on the subject in those days. So as any good flower child would do, I quit and chased women thinking there would be less maintenance. HA!
 Today I am much older and maybe a little wiser. I started playing with a jazz pianist about 3 yr ago and have really enjoyed it but found covering with a diatonic was daunting so I decided to give the chrom another try. I WAS HOOKED! I started by destroying a Hard Bopper before I realized what I was doing, but
learned a lot about care of the chromatic and am in the process of rebuilding it. Now I am playing a CX12 and I love it. So forgiving. I can actually practice without the stress and I love the sound, plastic comb and all.
 Enough about me. How about you wonderful people. I have never come across a group of musicians so willing to share there secrets and knowledge with others. (although I still don't know the New York secret of slide lubrication)  You all seem to be close even though you may be separated by an ocean. That is truely special in the world today. Peace. mikeboy.

PS: Almost changed my mind when a saw Age's new pic. scary. LOL   

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« Reply #39 on: May 08, 2008, 10:03:07 PM »
  Hi folks. My name is Mike Melton and I live in Illinois about 30 min. from down town St. Louis. I have been
playing music professionally since 1968, mostly as a singer. I took up diatonic one day when Whammer Jammer came out and the guitar player insisted we learn it. I have been playing harmonica ever since. I tried chromatic shortly in the late 70s but just couldn't get a handle on it and was overwhelmed with the maintenance. I could find NO information on the subject in those days. So as any good flower child would do, I quit and chased women thinking there would be less maintenance. HA!
 Today I am much older and maybe a little wiser. I started playing with a jazz pianist about 3 yr ago and have really enjoyed it but found covering with a diatonic was daunting so I decided to give the chrom another try. I WAS HOOKED! I started by destroying a Hard Bopper before I realized what I was doing, but
learned a lot about care of the chromatic and am in the process of rebuilding it. Now I am playing a CX12 and I love it. So forgiving. I can actually practice without the stress and I love the sound, plastic comb and all.
 Enough about me. How about you wonderful people. I have never come across a group of musicians so willing to share there secrets and knowledge with others. (although I still don't know the New York secret of slide lubrication)  You all seem to be close even though you may be separated by an ocean. That is truely special in the world today. Peace. mikeboy.

PS: Almost changed my mind when a saw Age's new pic. scary. LOL   
Hi Mike:  Lots of good info there.  Where you gave up chromatic to 'chase women'...I gave up playing harmonica altogether as a kid when I discovered boys (hadn't previously met a single other player, so had no knowledge about the tremolos or chromatics I was muddling along with back then either).  I didn't want to be the geeky girl from Scotland who also played harmonica.  They had sufficient things to tease me about...my accent, my height, my being so shy, my awkwardness.  ::)

Thank goodness I've overcome most of those...  the boys eventually caught up with my height... I'm not 'quite' as shy although I still have terrible stage fright (a holdover from those days, I'm sure) and I rediscovered chromatic playing a few years ago...play a Super 64, and am now playing the Jazz I love on different keyed CX-12's as well..I like them as much as you do.

The "New York secret slide lubrication" is actually a Florida one...owned by SmoJoe (that's where he lives, now), although he's originally from Pa and NY.  Many of us who post here have gotten to know each other in person, now...by writing to each other when we enjoy a particular post (both here and on harp-l), and then meeting up with each other at the various conventions we attend:  SPAH, Buckeye, GSHC (the ones I've attended), Virginia, Birmingham, etc.  For many of us it's wonderful getting to put the faces with the names and then to meet up with the friends we've made through this harmonica community 2 - 3 times a year sometimes. 

Danny G (for instance) also hosts a summer party for those friends he's made through harmonica playing.  How incredible is that?  If I could just get to Ohio this year, I'd be thrilled to attend. People are coming from as far away as Canada to be there and to play their harmonicas. 

It is a great 'community'...one I feel privileged to have been accepted into these last 4 years.  The friends I've made in this world are forever friends...we have so much in common, and many of us have finally found our niche.  I hope this is just the beginning of as wonderful a journey for you too.  Welcome.

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« Reply #40 on: May 08, 2008, 10:57:33 PM »
PS: Almost changed my mind when a saw Age's new pic. scary. LOL 

What? 
Oh, Scotty made me do that!
   

Wait till ya see my buddy, Zoldie!  :)

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« Reply #41 on: May 08, 2008, 11:37:53 PM »
PS: Almost changed my mind when a saw Age's new pic. scary. LOL 

What? 
Oh, Scotty made me do that!
   

Wait till ya see my buddy, Zoldie!  :)

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lol...yeah, this is the 'Mr. Clean' pic....SO much better than the disembodied head one...which made you look ailing and in need of a body transplant  :o  (j/k)

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« Reply #42 on: May 09, 2008, 06:35:17 AM »
Hello new members! Welcome to SlideMeister! Here is a good place to say hello and maybe tell us a little something about yourself. Don't fret, we really are a pretty friendly mob.  ;D

My name is Francois, I am from South Africa, have played the Chromatic since I was 12 when it was introduced to me by George Galanos, a friend of the family which I listend to for hours alongside the campfire.  Never took music lessons but the last few years have studied it myself a bit by getting a keyboard, learning midi and lately aquired BIAB which really open the doors for me. Suddendly I have someone to play with any time of the day  ;D Somewhere along the line, think I was 19, I got a guitar and started playing along with the harmonica. Now at 43 I really have a huge craving to learn more, learn to play in all the keys and to learn to play the Chromatic much better.    I play mostly on the Chrometta 12 and have tried a few others like the Super Chrommica which now has a false note. I don't think they fix them here in Africa :-) The next one will probaly be a Chrometta 14 for the extra low notes. At the moment I think I will end playing jazz and classical.

Hopefully I can learn a lot from the Chromatic global community out there.  ;D

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« Reply #45 on: May 15, 2008, 03:52:52 PM »
Its strange how life can take a turn in another direction from the most insignificant events. I was taking my dog for her morning walk a couple of months ago and I found a harmonica lying in the road. I didnt know it at the time but it was a 10 hole diatonic. I carried it home and it started a chain of events that has brought me here. I am retired and was looking for a new hobby and I took this as a sign from God that he thought I should learn to play the harmonica as He is always looking for ways to keep me out of trouble which I tend to get into when left with idle hands. I was a little leery of playing the thing so I sent for a Marine Band 20 and as I am a big You Tube fan I started looking at harmonica videos. It didnt take me long to figure out that I needed a chromatic as the songs I really like are the old classics. Blues are cool but I know I would never be able to play like some of those guys do but I figure I could learn to do a few songs note by note even at my age. The 39 in my handle is the year I was born. I am divorced twice living in the South in a small farming town with my dog. I have a lot of relatives close by and am pretty content with my lot in life. I like forums and you seem to have a really nice one going here. Kudos to all involved.

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« Reply #49 on: May 22, 2008, 04:23:23 PM »
Hey all!! New membrer here! a bit about me...

I am married, 31, live in San Diego and have a 1 year old baby boy....

I started playing the OTHER kind of harmonica, th D*&^^onic when I was 13 or so, played pretty steady till college then got into hip hop and became an MC in a Reggae/hip hop band (mystic roots) for years...

When baby came recently, forced me to not tour anymore, so after a few months, I started jonesing to play music...Didnt have a lot of money to put towards it, nor the time to learn somethin gbrand new, like guitar or Bass, so...... I picked up a couple more of those OTHER harps, and a small amp and mic... started playing... but it just wasnt hitting the spot like it used to... so I found a Chrometta 8 used on EBAY.  I know it is nowhere near the best chrom out there....and I would not buy one brand new for 60-70 bucks, but I got this puppy for 16 dollars, including shipping that is a deal!  .. I cleaned it well when I got it, the covers had some very light surface rust, but the reedplates were rust free, as was the slide.  After cleaning and reassembling, I then tested it out, and every hole was dead on!  I love its small size, fits in a pocket and I bring it with me in  my car and wail away all the miles I drive.  The tone is sweet to my ears, although obviously my ears are not yet capable of noticing the difference a better harmonica would make.

I also puchased a Huang Cadet soloist for 12 dollars (12 holes solo tuned, but no slide, no semitones, but also bends really well and has no windsavers) and then more recently, found a Golden Butterfly WH12 on Ebay for 35.  Never played a CX12 to compare with, but this thing rocks! I love the smooth action and being able to take it apart so easily!  My next purchase will be a cx12 tenor, somewhere down the road, after I am good enough to deserve it!

I am mostly practicing scales still, working on 3rd position d minor blues, and learning some melodies, but man am I having fun doing it...

So I feel lucky to have gotten such great deals to get my feet wet with the wonderful chromatic sound....Being a new parent, the wife would not have understood or condoned a 100+ dollar chromatic purchase.

So, I am here to learn as much as I can, and meet some like minded individuals..

Anyone recommend a good chromatic book? or books?

Thanks in advance!

 

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« Reply #50 on: May 22, 2008, 04:59:19 PM »
All right! A fellow Diegan!
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« Reply #51 on: May 22, 2008, 05:09:52 PM »
"Anyone recommend a good chromatic book? or books?"

They are few and far between my friend. I have purchased the two most prominent ones and I think there is a great opportunity out there for someone to come along and do something better. The tricky part of chromatics for me is the sharps and flats.The harmonica is a little different, imho, than most instruments and it can get quite confusing when trying to read music which is why reading tabs is a bit easier for me. On sheet music I just convert an A flat to a G sharp so that Im only dealing with sharps. I hope that makes sense.
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« Reply #52 on: May 22, 2008, 05:46:39 PM »
Well, I always recommend Band in a Box as an aid to musical development (band-aid?) and the chromatic harmonica is much easier to practice with accompaniment.
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« Reply #53 on: May 23, 2008, 12:24:52 AM »
Thanks for the welcome Gnarly and RGN...

To clear up, I should have been more specific, I am up in North County in Oceanside, but yeah, we should do that some time Gnarly..

What are the 2 most prominent books? or do we need to pick up that convo in another forum? (dont want to get off on the wrong foot here)

I got Instant Chromatic Harmonica, just cause it was on EBAY for like 2 dollars... that is where I have been learning basics, scales, etc...

I also got a lot of chromatic tabs from harptabs.com

Only song I got down really tight is Bill Wither's Aint No Sunshine.  My reggae band used to perform a version of that, (our lead singer had a very R&B vibe) and I truly love that melody... Maybe a few more practices, then I can record that one and post it...

Thanks to you both...

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« Reply #54 on: May 23, 2008, 01:41:48 AM »
You are still closer than many here--lotsa chrom players in the East Coast and Midwest--
I'm down by Balboa Park--
I'll give a shout out next time business takes me that way!
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« Reply #55 on: May 23, 2008, 06:47:58 AM »
Sent you a PM with the titles.

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« Reply #56 on: May 23, 2008, 12:02:39 PM »
Hi everybody ! I'm a french diatonic harmonica player !
And i want to try Chromatic ! actually i play on a CX12 Jazz and i'm looking for another harp. I want to customize my harp in order to be able to bend the note. I've already try this operation on the CX and it's pretty cool. You can listen here :

I'm looking for a Chromatic very airtight with a different sound than the CX.

Well i've also My Space : http://www.myspace.com/nicolasmoreau

thanks !
Nicolas

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Re: New Members - Introduce yourselves!
« Reply #57 on: May 23, 2008, 12:31:45 PM »
You're not DOCTOR Nicholas Moreau are you.. The guy with the island?
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Re : New Members - Introduce yourselves!
« Reply #58 on: May 23, 2008, 01:00:07 PM »
No i'm sorry i'm not the Doctor  ;D

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Re: New Members - Introduce yourselves!
« Reply #59 on: May 23, 2008, 01:17:53 PM »
Very nice stuff Nicolas. Love your playing and the people on your friends list are monsters. Gotta get me some of that.
Welcome to another Zappa fan.

mike