Suzuki Manji Diatonic Harmonica (M20)
List Price: $84.95 You Save: $17.00
Advanced technology and functional beauty are combined in this stunning 10 hole diatonic harmonica, the all-new Suzuki Manji Harmonica. This revolutionary new diatonic harmonica is named after Mr. Manji Suzuki, the company's founder, has built Suzuki up into one of the world's premier harmonica manufacturers. Comes with stainless steel cover plates, Phosphor Bronze Reeds, and Wood/Resin Composite Comb. Comes complete with it's own hard plastic protective case.
Dave Gage Thoughts:Easily, my favorite Suzuki diatonic harmonica. This is a great harmonica for diatonic players of all levels and music styles and worth the extra money for the increased quality and playability. In fact, it's similar in quality and playability to the bamboo-combed Hohner Marine Band Crossover. The draw bending has a slightly different feel than on a Lee Oskar or Hohner diatonic, but this is not necessarily a good or bad thing, just different. The overall sound is bright, but not too bright. It plays as well as many expensive, customized harmonicas.
Due to the "Compromise tuning", the chord playing is smooth and full and the single notes also play nicely in tune, so playing in positions other than 1st and 2nd is not a problem for intonation. Because of the air-tight construction (sealed wood-resin composite comb and screws instead of nails to attach the reedplates), bending and overblows and overdraws are much easier than on most other diatonics. This is great news for beginners learning to bend and those speedsters and over-blowers out there looking for an air-tight harmonica that can keep up with their playing. The factory setup includes lowered reed gapping for ease of overblows and overdraws. If you are an advanced player, but not an overblow player, you may want to slightly raise the reed gaps to avoid notes "sticking" when attacked quickly.