Thanks Le and Marcy.
I am here and met an amazing player named Carl. www.dropbox.com/s/n2o202s01gzir3e/TRIM_20160809_212811.mp4?dl=0
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Sorry if this is on the wrong place. Old Cape Cod, my favorite song.
I'm missing something. This song was in second place? What's in first place and are we playing that one as well? Thanks.
The certified Seydel technical rep in America is Greg Jones, and his shop is right down the road from you in the San Antone area, I'm pretty sure. You might write to him at the contact page on the website below and give him your thoughts and ask for suggestions. Tell he we are friends and that I referred you. He may recommend you start on diatonic depending on a few things, though he sells and services chromatics, of course. You'll see ....
I suggest you think about service first, and there are pros who play all the brands you describe, so none are "bad"; if you are a tongue blocker, as opposed to a puckered, you are going to be generating a lot of saliva, and this will muck up your valves, delicate little strips of material that merit a separate thread. I personally favor Seydel because they have excellent customer service. The factory rep is here in Texas and offers fast turnaround at reasonable rates.
If you are on such a budget that you won't be able to afford technical maintenance, think about that Hohner CX12, which is easy to clean.
And I have to agree with Sarge that the Swan may be more than decent enough, and is much less pricey than the ones you are looking at. Our moderator and chief admin at the other chrome site, AJ Fedor, plays a swan and makes it sound absolutely beautiful.
What kind of music will you be playing? Blues and country IMO lend themselves better to diatonic, and advanced diatonic players can play chromatically anyway. It's much harder for a beginner to bend notes on a chrome, and if you are only playing blues and country, I don't see any good reason to get a chromatic. Micky Rafael, Willie's harp player, only plays diatonic and sounds fabulous.
Hello again, gang. This is my 3rd effort after 5 months of playing. I know I'm getting better, if slowly, thanks to lots of scales, but have miles...Hello again, gang. This is my 3rd effort after 5 months of playing. I know I'm getting better, if slowly, thanks to lots of scales, but have miles to go before I sleep! Me on guitar too.
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Sorry to be harsh, Swap. I have modified my post. As for the slide assembly, I find it very easy to take apart and very difficult to put back together. You don't notice the same thing? How often do you disassemble the slide on your Saxony?
Thanks Tootler, yes I should have said "I don't like" my Saxony. I "hate" it like I hate black olives, not hate as in wanting to track them all down and smelt them down and make paper clips out of them, though come to think of it ... no, that's a joke.
Yeah, the sales guy convinced me to go for it, making it sound like I'd be much happier with the Saxony. Obviously he had a conflict of interest, but I happened to have the extra money.
I think a top performer would sound marginally better on a saxony than on a De Luxe; It's just not an appropriate instrument for a beginner IMO, plus I would never take it out at my local club, as I sound like what I am, a beginner. If you get a top of the line anything you feel this pressure to play better than you are really capable.
I wonder if there are top of the line Hohners that I would similarly dislike due to their refinement and corresponding delicateness/fussiness.
I don't get the appeal of the steel reeds, though I am one to talk since I bought them. Honestly the Deluxe on one of my good days sounds better than the Saxony on a bad day.
It's not the end of the world. I am getting better and will give it another try in a few months.
Funny thing about the new mouthpiece for the Deluxe steel. I am guessing you mean those round holes? I was initially averse to the square holed Deluxe because I assumed -- wrongly -- that it would be less comfortable. How could it possibly be as comfortable as round holes?
Well, the answer to that is that if you use a puckering technique, no part of your mouth or tongue makes much contact with the edges of the holes anyway! And even when I have tongue blocked on the deluxe, it was not at all uncomfortable, as Seydel obviously had the presence of mind to smooth and polish the edges.
When you refer to the mouthpiece being difficult to mess with, I'm not sure what you mean. I'm familiar with the issue of 3 hands when totally disassembling the slide and putting it back together. Is this what you refer to?
And by the way, I haven't attempted any deep cleaning of the slide on the deluxe. The procedure was so unpleasant with the Saxony that I have vowed to just send it to my tech for thorough cleaning and valve replacement every 3 months. That's not cheap to do, but I'm just no longer going there.
I think I am going to get a Suzuki for my next harp, as the reviews for them are mostly positive. However, I will thoroughly investigate the difficulty level of deep cleaning the slide mechanism before I ever buy another chromatic
And yeah, "hate" is too strong. Heh .... I fixed it, and thanks for your input. I appreciate you,
I have been playing two harmonicas since I started in November 2015. In 5 years I will no doubt look back at these rookie posts and laugh, but for now, I much prefer the less expensive of the two that I own: a Seydel Saxony ($$$) and a Seydel Deluxe ($$). Weird, right?
1) The pricier Saxony is harder to play accurately in that it is very unforgiving if you aren't right dead on the nose with mouth placement over the hole.
2) The other thing is that the 2-hole draw with slide in makes no sound or a fuzzy sound. This is usually a problem of technique, I do know that; but I do not have this problem on the less expensive deluxe;
3) And third, the slide is NOISY! It's not the bumpers. You merely LOOK at that slide and it starts squeaking and squawking. If you actually move it in and out, it shakes, whines, protests, groans, wheezes and rattles. (In addition to squeaking and squawking.)
I tried taking the thing apart 2 months ago to clean the slide but it is a MOTHER to reassemble. In fact I had to send it ti a pro to get the bumpers seated correctly. So I ain't doing that again.
Live and learn. My first thought when I bought the pricier one was, "you know you'll eventually want to move up to an excellent model as opposed to a merely good one." But it's to the point now where I dread even picking up the stupid thing.
And that, as we say in America, is my beef.
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