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10 Hole Chromatic Harmonica in 'C',
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I am a beginner so don't expect an in depth review. The one thing I did notice when I first tried to extract a tune was that it sounded just like the harmonica that Larry Adler used in the film 'Genevieve'. I bought it for my grandson and although not a Hohner its sound and build quality are excellent. He will be pleased I'm sure.
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Initial post: 7 Apr 2013 14:24:16 BDT
Last edited by the author on 14 Apr 2013 15:10:15 BDT
A. J. Sturgess says:
Maybe not an in-depth review, but your reference to '...it sounded just like the harmonica that Larry Adler used in the film 'Genevieve'...' provides newbies like me with a perfect idea of the sound this instrument is capable of making.
It's also worth scouring Youtube as well. Bearing in mind your comment about the Genevieve sound, I'm wondering if the instrument you reviewed is the one featured on Youtube in the upload 'Swan Chromatic Harmonica' by nicomsupply. If so, I see EXACTLY what you mean.
If you're unsure about whether to go for a chromatic or diatonic harp, try searching Youtube for 'Swan 10 Hole Diatonic Review'.
For those who realise that most of the smaller chromatics are 12-hole instruments, and thus wonder about the note range of a 10-hole instrument, I lifted this explanation from the 'Harp on' website ....
"... There are but a few solo layout 10 hole chroms on the market. They have a 2 1/2 octave range. They are the same as 12 chromatic harmonicas however their note layout finishes at different point due to the incomplete octave at the top. They are small and appealingly portable, and the note range is musically practical for a wide range of songs. The Saxophone's natural range is 2 1/2 octaves after all ..."
To shorten an attendant description "... 10 hole chromatic harmonicas start on the usual note expected but finish half way through the top octave effectively missing the top two holes. ..."
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