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Trophy 3490 Snoopy Jaw Harp
|Price:||$4.57 + $2.20 shipping|
- The Juice Harp is played by holding the instrument between the teeth and or lips
- This simple instrument gives you an amazing range of tones and pitches
- suits industry standards
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My harp was nearly silent no matter how hard I tried to get a nice sound out of it. I played one as a kid so I knew how it was supposed to work and sound.
It turns out that the gap between the prongs was way too wide. I put the harp in a vice and squeezed it down so that the tongue (twanger) had just enough room to vibrate without hitting the arms/prongs (rougly a 1mm gap on either side). Now it sounds really great. If yours is quiet, maybe give this a try before throwing it away - good luck!
If you're new to harping, buy one of these as your first harp, but once you get familiar with it, consider one of the hand-made ones by Bill Gohring [...] they come pre-tuned to whatever you request, and I've had mine now for almost 10 years and it's never broken. Even the Snoopy harp gave up the ghost after 2-3 (but, hey, $6!). Also, ask him if he still has the bamboo harps -- they're a definite challenge to play, but what fun!
I got my jaw harp several years ago as a Christmas present and just gave my mom a look like "What is this supposed to do?" Of course, neither of us, or my brother and dad, could play it, but we could hear the vibrations of the jaw harp resonating in our heads. So for about 3 maybe 4 months I practiced and practiced and still couldn't get any audible sound out of it. So I put it somewhere for later, probably a box and soon lost it.
About a year later going through old belongings and deciding what to throw away I came across my jaw harp and decided to give it another go. And that time it sounded different. So I run into the other room and get someone to confirm that it is making actual noise instead of me just hearing things in my head. And it really was making sound! After that I would carry it around everywhere both as something to do when bored and as an ice-breaker when I'm meeting people (this has been very useful in college).
During high school I finally decided that there has to be more to do with a jaw harp than just these basic sounds I can produce. So I looked up the jaw harp online and tried to find something else to do. I then discovered that you can say the vowels a-e-i-o-u, this IS NOT just talking out the vowels while playing. I don't know exactly how it works but if you can play the jaw harp already it is the easiest thing to learn, just don't talk! From there you can start to talk, just watch out for words that make your tongue move toward the metal reed (words with "s" in them especially).Read more ›
Very nice, especially at this price!
Cons: the part you flick with your forefinger is pretty heavy and it feels heavy on your teeth. I played it a little throughout the day and front teeth feel weird today, like I am pressing on them. I'll not play this instrument often. It's sort of scary to play. I'm not talking about my teeth being hit by the vibration mechanism, I'm talking about how my teeth feel after having played the instrument according to the direction. I can't imagine this one being professional grade.Hard on the teeth: the vibration apparatus is thick and makes for playing "heavy" and might damage your teeth with chronic playing.
Next time: Next time I'll but Note to producer: It'd be neat if the box it came in was a tin one. That's be good for holding coins, bandages or making a portable sewing kit or even a survial kit [all thought it wouldn't be water proof]
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The tongue is soldered to the frame and is way too heavy. Can't get any sound. It's a paperweight.Published 1 month ago by Mr. Lee
A very stiff and durable jaw harp, but maybe a bit too much. It's hard to get a lot of sound out of it. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Travis Drury
Bigger then expected but seems built well. Gives a good tone. Great buyPublished 4 months ago by Deanna Howard
Didn't seem to resonate well. Pretty sure I was using it correctly.Published 11 months ago by Chip Douglas
I wanted to try something new so I gave this Jaw Harp a chance. It is pretty cool I will have to say. I have a lot of learning to do though. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Chris McCormick
Sounds good, except I had to stop. I kept messing up and it was chipping away at my teeth! Yikes. Fun to play around with though.Published 11 months ago by Craig Cowden
Could not get harp to work. Thought it was me and ordered a different one. Come to find out the harp is a piace of junk. Do not waste your money on this item.Published 11 months ago by garry b.