Why You Don’t Buy Cheap Harmonicas

Jake recommends playing Hohner Special 20 harmonicas.
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Jake recommends playing the Hohner Special 20 harmonica
Hohner Special 20 Harmonicas can be bought here:
Key of C: http://amzn.to/2pkqvVR
Key of A: http://amzn.to/2pkcbN9
Key of G: http://amzn.to/2o9rJmU
Key of Bb: http://amzn.to/2oW5mhO
Key of F: http://amzn.to/2o9Ch5r
Key of E: http://amzn.to/2orEBkx
Key of D: http://amzn.to/2oPMDGp
Set of 5 with case: http://amzn.to/2orJn1o
Set of 3: http://amzn.to/2o9AD3P

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Monkey says:

how much do you ‘Cost’ then? ;^)

joe blow says:

Just bought a set of 7 Hohners for $35. Kicking myself. Thanks for the info Jake

David HK says:

I USE cheap harps or re tuned for my accustic practicing or busking and expensive or quality tone harps for mic ed up bar and clubs.as you said in one of your previous vids play with the best gear..right time right place.

T Rea says:

he’s not doing anything “wrong”, and his videos are informative for beginners. He plays well, in his style.

Matt! says:

I found a $9 harmonica on amazon and people are giving it mostly 5 star ratings

Muddy Poppins says:

To see only those 2 in your hands!! :D..GM & Seydel SS are all I play too…having fun with a Hohner SBS extended #D at present though…If only the Golden Melody’s open blow was like the SS’s!!…it would be unbeatable.

Shockey Pan says:

Just threw my cheap ass swan away and bought a new one. Thanks for the informatic video!

deltafour1212 says:

Can’t go wrong with the Suzuki Promaster MR350

Paul TheSkeptic says:

There are some very cheap harmonicas. You could’ve bought a $5 one just for this video, just for contrast. Anyway, great video all the same.

Haley Jessup says:

do you think cheaper harmonicas are okay for beginners?

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Dave C says:

Much thanks for the review. Very informative.

David HK says:

If you are a beginner there are a lot of good cheap harmonicas out there. if they are Chinese make sure you buy export quality bought from a music shop and not a toy shop test all the notes, you may well find Chinese harmonicas do need to be tweaked up and you do need to set the reeds but I have had huang that have lasted me over 5 years playing 1 hour a day I have had lark hero swan some are good some bad ,but the same goes with expensive.harps..Chinese are useuall lighter to blow depend on how reeds set and useually more squeeky but this can be fiddled with microphone.. for mid range endurance and price would recommend Suzuki band master and tombo for tones. BUT depending how and what you play on your harp and how you work it also has a bearing on how quick it goes out of tune ,then cost is involved
Of course as you said Jake the finnishings are diffrent also cones make a diffrence On sound

Rob B S says:

Hi Jake, do you have any opinion on, or have you reviewed, any of the Lee Oskar Major diatonics?

Ella Prackert says:

Liar I have one

Michael Guthrie says:

Thanks Jake. I just subscribed to your channel and I appreciate your honesty. Keep up the good work!

chuckHart70 says:

Wow. alot of douche wagon responses. I appreciate the video… getting some harps soon, and dont want junk… Thanks! Jake!

chris sumner says:

Are the cheaper ones not for beginners? As in they dont want to spend loads on something that they dont like in the end..?? I agree that to sound professional you need a good one… But not for beginners…i bought a Swan one like the one in your vid… Im a beginner and its just fine for me to learn on.. For the moment..! You must obviously work for a big harmonica company…haha..! Its like everything in life … Quality is expensive no matter what your buying… And if your into trying something new , whats the problem with starting small…?

Jon Luci says:

I own lee oskars but I prefer to use my El cheapie Chicago blues harp for simple folk music and not for the blues with all the bends and what not. If you want to play the blues which most Harmonica fans want to , get a really nice harp to start with like a lee oskar or hohner special 20

Pastor Kelly J. Ferrell says:

Great video. I purchased the harmonica set with the Swan harmonica and noticed it was hard to use and put it away. I’ll be getting a Hohner Special 20 as soon as I can. I’m just starting to learn harmonica to play at church. What key do you suggest starting out with for beginners?

Scott M says:

I don’t like the Sharp edges on the Hohners, why can’t they smooth those off? Great sound sore lips

N. S. PanchaL says:

thnx Jake – for the Valuable Guidance !!!

spyralspyder says:

funny thing is that we are talking about a 40 dollar instrument for the best in class for the key you are playing.

jaicee bright says:


Justin Robinson says:

Jake I’ve had the blues band set for a good while now made in China
I recently purchased 2 Honer special 20 I like these much better
I was wondering can I replace the reeds in the bluesband with new ones for the special 20 or am I barking up the wrong tree

Iggy says:

he was playing the cheap one wrong on purpose it seems

lord thick nipples says:

I played harmonica with a homeless person and he tried to sell me this $2 piece of shit plastic harmonica that I couldn’t even get a single bend on. He was a pretty good harp player tho

Justin Helms says:

My 1st harmonica was a 2 dollar harmonica (which was actually given to me for free XD) & it was awful, I actually _did_ think I was awful, as he was saying, then I was given a Golden Melody for Christmas & I loved it so much.

Norwood BayBridge says:

“The more money you spend, the better the friend.”

SteampunkBoy says:

I have a harmonica a cheap one and sounds horrible I want to buy a good one but I do not know where

Gewglesux says:

Let this be a lesson to everybody…
dont buy Cheap ANYTHING…Nice video man!

Bert Scrogshaw says:

Got myself a Hohner Special 20……and I luv it! Playing for a couple of weeks and can play single notes pretty well but draw on hole one is ropey.

Smeghead says:

Hopefully getting a suzuki manji pretty soon

Mike Dench says:

It aint necessarily so Jake. I bought a Chinese echo harmonica a Qi Mei 24 hole model $12 from Amazon and it has a beautiful finish, a powerful sound, very responsive. I knew it might be a dud but for 12 bucks what the heck. I reasoned that China is a vast market and they’d not last long over there if they got a bad rap, too much competition as harmonica playing is very big in China. So it was worth trying and I’m glad I did, I ought to get some more. Compared to my Hohner Echo it requires more wind to play and the tremolo effect isnt as pronounced but all the notes play equally easily which isnt true for the Hohner where the top end can be tricky and the bottom notes tend to squawk.

Underwater Adventures. says:

hello Jake.and by the way..you play just fine! I had a bad experience with Swan Chromatic..thinking it was cheap and a bargain..well, what I received through the post was…a nice box containing a pretty harmonica..results? enough air leaks to blow up the kids paddling pool..off keys..vibrating wind savers..and some packed up permanently.. and others unsticking completely and egecting out the back to land on the table! to top that..the button fell off!
I moved up from there to..Honer..then Suzuki..finally ending up at Seydel..which is now my best baby.
so you’re correct in everything you just said.

SankyP says:

Rite . I bought a $8, 24 hole harmonica from ebay. I have never played before but I cud easily tell that this one was a drag on my lungs. Plus it was out of tune and the higher notes wer not audible at all.

J6 texas whiskey says:

be nice to know what these harmonicas are running for and a good price range to be in to get a good decent harmonica

Brad Hintz says:

i bought a harmonica from the dollar store once. Worked great blowing into it, but the draw was so out of tune

BoBu says:

How much is that “bad” one. Also I bet I could play that fine. Are you by any chance sponsored by the harmonica stores?

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