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Swan 16 Hole 64 Tone Chromatic Harmonica

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Swan 16 Hole 64 Tone Chromatic Harmonica

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B0047V9MIE
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,002 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 19, 2010

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Customer Reviews

A great site for help on technique is MASTERSOFHARMONICA.
musicgalaxyman
The only thing wrong with the instrument itself is that the second octave is out of tune and has a slow draw response.
PREMIERE
I have at least like 20 Chromatic(All of them the top class ones like Hohner,Suzuki,Hering and so on.).
Vivek(CV)

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62 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Paul Wyszkowski on December 20, 2010
After my Hohner Super Chromonica 64 was stolen I bought a Hurricane Harp 1664 harmonica as a cheap replacement but I was never happy with it even after working on the reeds to improve response. Recently I bought a Swan SW1664 chromatic harmonica purely on spec (there were no user reviews). I figured it couldn't be worse and possibly might be a little better than the Hurricane Harp. At least it was a brand I had heard of.

Well, I lucked out. Actually, the Swan is a much better instrument than the Hurricane Harp, even though it is cheaper (maybe because it comes in a practical black plastic case instead of an oversize faux cherrywood box with brass hinges). The one I have has good response over the whole four octave range except for one reed: the sharpened draw reed on the top hole (16) is unuseable but I think easily fixable. (The Hurricane Harp has several reeds with chronic problems that have resisted attempts to fix them.)

I have the impression that the Swan 1664 is generally built to a higher quality standard than the Hurricane Harp 1664. It is certainly easier to play and tuning of the reeds, especially in lowest octave, seems more accurate. The slide became a little sticky after playing for a while. I dabbed on just a little WD 40 using a toothpick and that took care of the stickiness.

The Swan 1664 is actually better adjusted right out of the box than my Hohner Super Chromonica was (I had to fiddle with the reeds to make it playable). The tone is comparable. The professional 1664 chromatics like Suzuki, Hering, and Hohner selling for three to four times the price are presumably better than my Swan but I suspect only marginally so (certainly not three to four times better). For me as an amateur player Swan 1664 is perfectly adequate. I enjoy playing it.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 20, 2012
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For the price, I really didn't expect too much. Chromatic harmonicas are pretty expensive and cheap ones are usually pretty poor. I wanted to try a 16-hole chromatic though, and I saw some previous favorable reviews, so I thought I'd try the Swan.

Now, this is not a Hohner Super64x. It's not a Suzuki SCX-64. But it's in tune, pretty well made and it's held up to some aggressive playing.

Considering this harmonica is about 1/3 of the price of a similar Hohner or Suzuki, you really can't go wrong as a beginner or someone who wants a 16-hole to play around with without spending much.

If you are game for opening up the harp and maintaining your own harp, you can really make this a playable instrument for any level player. It leaks air like crazy, so if you've been playing a Suzuki or a Hohner CX-12, you'll be very dissapointed. But after I added a small bead of beeswax (from a local beekeeper) above the inside of the slide mechanism, it was fantastic. I'm more used to the 12-hole chromatics, and being able to dip down into the range of a tenor sax is great fun. The build quality of the Swan is pretty decent so it can hold up to a little customization.

What I would recommend, if you're a chromatic player and you buy one of these (or for any chromatic player) is find the Hohner YouTube channel and watch their series of videos on chromatic harmonica maintenance and repair. When you can keep your own axes in tune and working right, and make the slides quieter and the valves more responsive, it makes playing the chromatic harmonica much more enjoyable and effective.

One big complaint is that the plastic insert in the case that holds the chromatic is so cheap that it didn't survive delivery. It just fell apart the first time I removed the harp from the case.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By PREMIERE on July 29, 2011
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I Ordered this about a month ago and at first I hated it. However I kept in mind that I didn't exactly know how to play it so I kept it around. Once I learned how to breathe while through the instrument, I became better. The only thing wrong with the instrument itself is that the second octave is out of tune and has a slow draw response. The first isnt as apparent when playing alone but the later can be frustrating. Also the highest octave's draw isn't always responsive either. When you draw, you'll probably get an extremely high tone and then the real note. But I haven't had a harmonica that hasn't done that before. Overall, considering you paid less than 1/5 of the Super 64, it's not a bad harmonica. If you plan to use it in concert, though, I would suggest a beter quality harmonica
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By musicgalaxyman on April 27, 2014
I review high end professional chromatic harmonicas, and have just about every premium chromatic harmonica out there.

The only reason I had this Swan to play was someone lent it to me to test.

First off...it needed a bit of work on the slide to increase the smoothness of operation, which was simple enough.
The slide had not been polished out well at factory and had little scores or scratches in it. It did slide in and out, but felt a bit hesitant. I was not going to play it in that condition. Description of repair: This work should be done by someone knowledgeable about harmonicas...I just unscrewed the mouthpiece, took the slide out of the blank sleeve (the part that wraps around the slide, sitting between the comb and the mouthpiece itself) laid the slide flat on a kitchen counter with the button hanging off the counter so the slide is totally flat, then took a small piece of T-shirt cloth wrapped around my index finger soaked in a small amount of very fine polishing grit compound on it (the type used for final buffing of automotive finishes, called swirl) and rubbed both sides of the slide for a few minutes. I wiped off the slide, being very careful not to bend it in any way or pull it out of shape...it's delicate. Then I used a toothbrush with soap to clean the slide off, doing the cleaning with the slide back on the kitchen counter with the button hanging over the edge so the slide could lay flat. Do not bend the slide...it will be ruined. Then I rinsed the slide, and carefully dried it with a no-lint (old) towel, and put a very small drop of sax lubricant (Hetman's Light Bearing & Linkage lubricant 13 available at musical instrument stores which sell trumpets and saxes...
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