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    Quote Originally Posted by Catapaw View Post
    Down Up Dick - I believe the Hohner Big River Harps are still made in Germany. My next Hohner will probably be a Special 20 just cause I'm curious about what I've heard about them. Or the Golden Melody, the design looks cool, hear they play pretty good,too.
    I have quite a few Special 20s and like ‘em a lot, but my favorite harp, as I said before, is the Golden Mel. I don’t play much any more, but, when I do, it’s usually the GM. I wish they came a part so one could mess with the tuning things.

    I had a great deal of enjoyment from my harps, but I’m a bit less windy than I usta be.
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    Flea "Red" concert - Hi-G CEA - Wall hanger
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    Quote Originally Posted by Catapaw View Post
    Down Up Dick - I believe the Hohner Big River Harps are still made in Germany. My next Hohner will probably be a Special 20 just cause I'm curious about what I've heard about them. Or the Golden Melody, the design looks cool, hear they play pretty good,too.
    Carlos likes Golden Melodies as well Dick. I leave my harps in the box when Carlos sits in with us.

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    Canada? I sorta thought he was from somewhere in South America.

    I only have one of his CDs. I can’t locate it right now, but, anyway, I looked for others but never found one.
    Kala "Spalted" baritone - Lo D GBE - Finger style
    Gold Tone “Mini” Travel banjo - Steel GCEA - Noodling
    Luna “Peace” concert - CGBD Plectrum music

    Kala tenor eight string - gGcCEEAA Strum ‘n Sing

    Flea "Red" concert - Hi-G CEA - Wall hanger
    Kala "Exotic Mahogany" soprano - Hi-A DF#B Wall hanger
    Mahalo yellow "Smiley" soprano - Wall hanger
    Ka-Lai Pineapple soprano (old) gift - Bookshelf

    God gave us old age so we wouldn't mind dying so much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Catapaw View Post
    Down Up Dick - I believe the Hohner Big River Harps are still made in Germany. My next Hohner will probably be a Special 20 just cause I'm curious about what I've heard about them. Or the Golden Melody, the design looks cool, hear they play pretty good,too.
    Yes, Catapaw, you’re correct. I was wro . . . wron . . . wrooon —whew!— well, I was not . . .
    Kala "Spalted" baritone - Lo D GBE - Finger style
    Gold Tone “Mini” Travel banjo - Steel GCEA - Noodling
    Luna “Peace” concert - CGBD Plectrum music

    Kala tenor eight string - gGcCEEAA Strum ‘n Sing

    Flea "Red" concert - Hi-G CEA - Wall hanger
    Kala "Exotic Mahogany" soprano - Hi-A DF#B Wall hanger
    Mahalo yellow "Smiley" soprano - Wall hanger
    Ka-Lai Pineapple soprano (old) gift - Bookshelf

    God gave us old age so we wouldn't mind dying so much.

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    For diatonics, I like Seydel Steels, both Richter & Orchestra tuned; & they're supposed to last 10 times longer than normal brass/phospher bronze reeds.
    Trying to do justice to various musical instruments.

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    I got my first harmonica after seeing Herb Shriner play one on his TV show. I liked the long harmonicas with the sharp/flat slider. I got a big Hohner when I was a kid, and it cost $16, from what I recall. Now, they're over $200.

    https://smile.amazon.com/Hohner-64-C...uments&sr=1-16
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    Chromatics are my main players, orchestra tuned, & again, my preference is for Seydel steel reeds.
    Trying to do justice to various musical instruments.

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    I’m a wet player, and those chromatic harmonica, plastic flaps stick and drive me crazy. I even pulled a couple off which was probably a mistake. I think it messed up the tone a bit.

    It was so long ago that I don’t really remember. I rarely even take ‘em out to look at ‘em, let alone play em.
    Kala "Spalted" baritone - Lo D GBE - Finger style
    Gold Tone “Mini” Travel banjo - Steel GCEA - Noodling
    Luna “Peace” concert - CGBD Plectrum music

    Kala tenor eight string - gGcCEEAA Strum ‘n Sing

    Flea "Red" concert - Hi-G CEA - Wall hanger
    Kala "Exotic Mahogany" soprano - Hi-A DF#B Wall hanger
    Mahalo yellow "Smiley" soprano - Wall hanger
    Ka-Lai Pineapple soprano (old) gift - Bookshelf

    God gave us old age so we wouldn't mind dying so much.

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    Yeah, sticking valves, the bain of a chromatic player, but you can reduce the amount they stick by simply pre warming it to around body temperature, before playing.

    Plus, nowadays, you can get some really playable valveless chromatics quite cheaply, (Swan/Kmise).


    P.S. If you remove the valves, you need to re gap it, I converted a Hohner CX12 to valveless.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Down Up Dick View Post
    Canada? I sorta thought he was from somewhere in South America.

    I only have one of his CDs. I can’t locate it right now, but, anyway, I looked for others but never found one.
    He's playing at the Ganaraska Hotel tonight with my son's band, The Quickshifters. Come on down if you're not too busy.

    Carlos was born in Cuba, but has spent most of his life in Canada. No accent, unless you consider Canucks to have an accent.

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