Chromatic harmonica

I have diatonic special 20 and rockets.now I want a chromatic for beginning .What do you recommend me? And which key ?
Greetings from Belgium.

The Discovery 48 in the key of C is a great point to start, which I recommend for you.

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Hi Twan,
I would definitely agree with Harmonicat. The Hohner Discovery in C offers excellent value for money, as the reeds and reed plates are the same as on considerably more expensive models, and the plastic body means that it is impervious to moisture. You can’t really go wrong with this one. I hope you enjoy playing it :smiley:

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Despite all the recommendations I received a year ago on which beginner’s chromatic harmonica to buy, I went with the Hohner 64 Chromatic Harmonica. My reasoning was that I wanted a harmonica I could grow into and not spend more money buying more harmonicas.
the slide on my “Chromonica” enables me to play music in any key – once I learn how. You won’t have to buy different harmonicas to play in any key.
I’ve had a rough time learning the Chromonica, but 8 months into learning it I’m happy with the decision I made. It’s my one and only musical instrument. During the first 6 months, I was less than happy with its tone, but now that I’ve learned better how to play it, I’m delighted with its mellow sound. It’s exactly what I was looking for!
Good luck to you!
P.S. Prior to picking up the Chronomica, I studied music for 20 years – clarinet, piano, and guitar.

Hi Carol,
the Hohner 64 Chromonica is a sound choice and it’s great that you’ve stuck with it through the initial period. As you no doubt know from previous experience, it can be frustrating getting to grips with any musical instrument at first. Persistence is definitely rewarded and the 4 octave range of the 64 chrom opens up possibilities not available with 3 octave instruments. I wish you much joy with it!

Steve

I can’t make a choice yet

Which of the 2 harmonicas would you recommend to me ?

The Hohner Discovery 48 of the CX 12

I want one with a plastic comb.

But i like the sound of the Toots mellow tone

After a few years playing on Hohner specials 20 and rockets,

What plays the simplest, round or square holes in the chromatic

Greets Twan

George

I can’t make a choice yet

Which of the 2 harmonicas would you recommend to me ?

The Hohner Discovery 48 of the CX 12

I want one with a plastic comb.

But i like the sound of the Toots mellow tone

After a few years playing on Hohner specials 20 and rockets,

What plays the simplest, round or square holes in the chromatic

Greets Twan

Hi Twan,

good question. If you like the sound of the Toots Mellowtone but want a plastic comb, the Discovery 48 sounds more like the Mellowtone than the CX-12 does. For me, the hole form on both of these models is comfortable to play (Discovery: square holes but with rounded corners, CX-12: round holes) in comparison to the old style square holes on the 270 Chromonica, for example. A significant difference is that the Discovery has smaller channel openings in the slide itself (up&down hole placement) in comparison to the CX-12 (diagonal hole placement). That’s one reason why the CX-12 is louder. I also find that despite the longer slide traverse, the CX-12 has a faster slide action and is more airtight. So personally I’d probably go for the CX-12.

Hope that helps,
Steve

thanks Steve
For this info.
I’m going to buy a hohner CX 12.
too bad that the Jazz is so much more expensive.

Glad if it helped. I know what you mean about the Jazz. The narrower mouthpiece is much closer to the prototypes we originally tested in the early 1990s and I prefer it myself. But the standard version is a great harmonica, I hope you enjoy it :smiley:

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