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Lee Oskar Harmonica, Key of C, Major Diatonic

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  • The Blues/Rock Harmonica
  • Plastic Comb with large holes for easier playing
  • Air Tight Design, Responsive Reeds, Louder Sound
  • Replaceable Reed Plates at Half the Cost
  • Orange Label, Major Diatonic 1910-C
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 3 x 1 inches ; 0.3 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B000Q87DAQ
  • Item model number: Lee Oskar 1910-C Harmonica
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (166 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,197 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 13, 2004

Product Description

The Major Diatonic harmonica is the most commonly used tuning for playing Blues, Rock, Country Folk & Jazz. Major Diatonic harps are produced by several manufacturers using various names such as Blues Harp, Marine Band, Golden Melody, Big River, Special 20, Pro Harp, Folk Master, Star Performer, etc. Although the cover plates are stamped with a variety of different names for marketing purposes, all of these harmonicas have the exact same notation layout as the Lee Oskar Major Diatonic. The most important difference is in the quality of materials, construction, design and sound. Lee Oskars are the best harmonicas in the world, and that's not just our opinion. All over the world, professional players prefer Lee Oskar Harps over any other brand.

Customer Reviews

This is a the best harmonica I have ever played.
N. Langston
Then you can bend notes on any of the others, but it is harder and does not sound as good.
Richard O. Hillery
This is a great sounding harmonica and is very comfortable to play.
JP

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

151 of 153 people found the following review helpful By L. Nguyen on October 23, 2005
I bought this harmonica as an absolute beginner, and I loved it from the beginning. It sounds warm & vibrating.

Since then, I bought more expensive harmonicas. Still, this is the harmonica I love to play with the most because of its warmth, its sonic stability,and its simplicity(size, structure)-->makes it easier for you to show off techniques.

I highly recommend it, especially for beginners.
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148 of 154 people found the following review helpful By Richard O. Hillery on September 8, 2006
I have owned about 30 different harps, including 5 Lee Oskars. The Lee Oskar is the best. Sounds good too. It bends easily when you want it to, and does not bend when you don't want it to. If you don't know how to bend the notes, get a Lee Oskar and learn how. Then you can bend notes on any of the others, but it is harder and does not sound as good. If you pay attention to the videos, most of the professionals use this brand. If you are a beginner, buy this because it make you sound better.
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119 of 124 people found the following review helpful By N. Langston on November 12, 2004
Don't be put off by the price. This is a the best harmonica I have ever played. It's comfortable to play and you can get amazing bends out of it. Plus I have been playing it for over a year and it's still going strong. It will save you money in the long run.
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54 of 54 people found the following review helpful By M. M. Jackson VINE VOICE on May 21, 2009
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I bought this and a Hohner Special 20 key of C harp to test them both out. This harp is a great harp, pretty much the exact same as the Hohner Special 20 in overall quality. "Feels" a little more airtight, brighter and louder than the hohner, but in side-by-side testing the effect is diminished.

The Hohner Special 20 just seems to have this little extra...expression to it. More life or something.

Both harps very bendable, etc. Real high quality.

As for the replaceable reed plates...Amazon has this harp marked down to about the $25 level. Reed plate replacements are about $19. Now I realize that at retail that's half the price of a RETAIL harp, but only $6 less than a "whole new harp" otherwise.

With this in mind, I would generally recommend beginners start with the Hohner Special 20. Just a slightly better or at least more fun-sounding and fun to play harp with a little more animation and expression available "free", in my opinion.
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76 of 79 people found the following review helpful By Peddlersroost on November 3, 2006
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I am a grandmother of nine!!! I heard a man playing harmonica in a furniture store while his wife shopped and it was wonderful! Instead of being annoyed, everyone within earshot was all smiles and a small crowd formed. I wanted to be able to do that also as I love music. I had tried piano and was all thumbs- but this Lee Oscar Major C Diatonic Harmonica is just the berries. It took me some time to figure out the breathing but there are lots of sources for good instruction. I would practice in the evening while my husband read. I kept saying "Honey, do you know what I'm playing?" He would say no. After about a week of this routine, my husband started to play "name that tune"! I have been so thrilled. This is a great harmonica with beautiful tones and the best price around. You won't regret this purchase if you love harmonica. I especially like the fact that the reeds can be replaced, if necessary, by unscrewing the case. This Lee Oskar harmonica is great- but the bottom line is practise. At some point I know I will feel comfortable enough to play in the hardware store while my husband shops!
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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Russell Branch on December 14, 2008
I have been playing Diatonic (Blues) harmonica for more than 10 years now - started off with a couple of Hohner as gifts, caught the bug, added more to the collection, then one day needed a Bb harp and my local music shop had only a Lee Oskar. It was more expensive, but necessary, so I took the plunge... and now I have 10 of them (8 different keys, plus backup spares in the keys of A and D (the commonest blues keys) just in case...)
I could not believe the difference, both in tonal quality and the "tightness" of the build allowing less wind leakage through the reeds, and meaning it takes less effort to play and, especially, to bend the notes.
Someone has written in the reviews that it has a limited amount of notes. Let me tell you there are a lot of notes hidden within this small exterior just waiting to be extracted after some practise - and it is the ability to bend down to notes that gives this ultimate blues instrument the maudlin sound necessary for layin' back in a rocking chair and mourning the death of yer best dog!!
Best examples of maestros are Absolutely the Best Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee or Little Walter. (Stevie Wonder and Larry Adler play a different type of harmonica, the Chromatic, which has a button that slides a plate across to open a second set of reeds that gives all the notes, but also has a less bluesy feel and less ability to bend a note.
If you want the heavy, hard rocking, raw blues sound you will need a Shure Green Bullet 520DX Dynamic Harmonica Microphone microphone, or to play more pure blues a simple Shure SM58 will suffice.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By James D. Miller on December 5, 2005
Simply put...For the price...This is THE harmonica for any beginner. The tones from this harp are warm and sweet. I find it very easy to bend notes and play hard core blues then turn around and play more melodic pieces. Don't be afraid, go for it, this is the one!
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