Seydel Blues Solist Pro Diatonic Harmonica (11301-)
List Price: $53.48 You Save: $8.53
The Solist Pro is a new development with unique features: The wooden body is ground in two planes around the mouthpiece, so that the hole openings have an oval shape. At the same time, the front fits better to the lips, so that air loss becomes less. With careful rounding of the dividers at the hole entrances, the kind of lip care is achieved that is usually only possible with plastic. This is additionally supported by the full sealing of the comb. The surface left naturally after the grinding process provides a very self-contained design, distinctive and identically with the region our harmonicas are made.
The Solist Pro has the following features:
- Brass reedplates optimized for loudness and extreme airtightness
- Reeds specially set for best response
- Half-flat covers for brilliant sound
- Wooden body, multiple coats of sealant for a resistant finish
Dave Gage Review: These are nice harmonicas, but for many, the advantage of the Seydel line are the models that use the longer-lasting stainless steel reeds like the 1847 Models (see the "You Might Also Like" links). If you can afford the price difference, take a good look at the wood-combed Seydel 1847 Classic and it's siblings the Noble and Silver (metal and plastic combs).
Please note that some players find these brass reeds as long-lasting as the stainless steel reeds. For the price savings, you may find this model to be an excellent choice. If you like the Hohner wood-combed models like the Marine Band and/or Blues Harp, give one a try. They are about the same price.