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Harp all you want - Harmonica Players do.


Harp all you want - Harmonica Players do.

The harmonica, also known as a pocket piano, a harp, a french harp, a blues harp and a tin sandwich is very popular for being used as an accompaniment with the guitar and other stringed instruments. It's also popular because of it's portability and unique sound.


This unique little instrument originated in the early 1800s. There are a multitude of types of harmonicas today in various keys and hole configurations.


This group is for those that play the harmonica with their guitars or other instruments or play the harmonica by itself.


All are welcome from beginners to advance and those wanting to learn. Let's talk harmonicas, accessories, songs and share tips and information.


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Neil Young's harp rig 3 Replies

Does anyone use a wireless set-up like Neil Young's to sing/blow harp through? If so, how well does it work on balancing your voice's volume to that of the harmonics's?Continue

Started by Terry Allan Hall. Last reply by GNuck Jan 19, 2013.

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Comment by Jim Yates on Tuesday

I just re-read my post from January 25, 2015.  The significance of the recording in question is that it was Bob Dylan's recording debut, backing Harry Belafonte on mouth harp.

Comment by Jim Yates on Tuesday

Wow, I was just noticing the price of Marine Band harps and it seems they (and all Hohners) have really gone up in price.  Over $60.  They're now more expensive than Lee Oskars.
I recall buying my brother and his friend mouth harps when they went overseas in 1967.  Two Marine Bands set me back $5.00.
I used to get one in my stocking every year.

Comment by Jim Yates on September 6, 2015 at 2:51pm

To Tell The Truth     Remember this old TV show? 

Comment by Jim Yates on January 25, 2015 at 9:49am
Can you guess what significance this recording has?

Comment by Jim Yates on April 16, 2014 at 11:11pm

Here's the late, great Willie P Bennett, my favourite diatonic harp player.  His mom gave me a few of his harps when he passed and I'm hoping they still possess his mojo.  He was a lot of fun to play with and was a good friend and mentor to both of my sons.

Comment by Jim Yates on July 14, 2013 at 9:20pm

I have a plastic box that I bought at Canadian Tire (a Canuck hardware store that used to deal in automotive parts and smelled like tires, but now deals in everything and smells like potpourri).  It was meant for storing nuts and bolts, but happens to hold 6 harps and fits in a guitar or banjo case.
This old Elton rack has been bent so that it hits my mouth at a right angle.  My other Elton rack has been bent the same way and has had lock washers added, plus an elastic band from a brocolli bunch that I use to hold an ACME siren whistle that I use to kick off solos.  I got this idea from multi-instrumentalist Roland Kirk.

Comment by Terry Allan Hall on July 14, 2013 at 7:53pm

've been using a Lee Oskar rack for several years, started out with an Elton 45+ years between, I've used both Hohner models and whatever else was available.

Modification: Turns out that everybody's neck isn't the same length! Also, I put star between the moving parts and carry extras (washers, wingnuts and bolts), for "at gig" .

Also, I added this, for holding a Hohner kazoo:

For the last couple decades, I've used Big River Harps...prior to that, Special 20s, Marine Bands, Blues Harps, but find the BRHs suit me well, and last longer than the more expensive model (which is kinda weird!).

Did use a set (A, C, D, E and G, which cover all my songs nicely) of Lee Oskars until I wore 'em out, but for most of my harmonica-toodling life, I've been a Hohner man.

Comment by Jim Yates on July 14, 2013 at 6:58am

What type of harp rack do you use?

Do you modify it in any way?  If so, how?

Comment by Rory Maloney on July 13, 2013 at 10:44pm

Thank you, l, ll look at those models.

Comment by Jim Yates on July 1, 2013 at 8:02am

Hi Roy,

    You'll get a lot of different opinions here.  I have a mixture of Hohner Special 20s, Lee Oskar Tombos and a couple of Big Rivers for the keys I play less often.

I carry a C, D, lowD, lowF, G and A harp in my guitar case.  I wish I could fit the rack in the case too.  I use an old Elton rack that I bought in the early '60s.


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