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Swan 16 Hole 64 Tone Chromatic Harmonica

by Swan
4.1 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews
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Product Description

Swan 16 Hole 64 Tone Chromatic Harmonica

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B0047V9MIE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,814 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

Customer Reviews

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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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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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Finally I decided to definitely write a review for this Chromatic, Else it would be injustice. I have at least like 20 Chromatic(All of them the top class ones like Hohner,Suzuki,Hering and so on.).Chromatics are Very expensive and sensitive Babes.If You are into some serious aggressive practice/learning/Experiments and would not like to wear off your Expensive ones, Swan is the best choice.I always practice on the Swan ones and then when it comes to have some high quality recording/performance switch to the more expensive ones. For a beginner/learner you may not even see the difference at all.This is definitely a very good Chromatic, You can DEFINITELY do what ever you could on other ones. The Best thing is ,it is 1/3 the Price of the others.I was impressed.Shape and Size was exactly the same as Hohner Super 64, Which is again a BIG BONUS .Finally would say go for it , if you want to practice daily on this one. Not for Performances though. Thanks to the Makers of Swan. I will always use this one going ahead. Who doesn't love to save money ?
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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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