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Lee Oskar Harmonica 5-Pack with Case   

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Includes 5 Lee Oskar Major Diatonic Harmonicas (keys of G, A, C, D, and F - lowest to highest) and a hardshell harmonica case to carry them. The Majo...Read More

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A sweet deal on these premium harps and carrying case.

Includes 5 Lee Oskar Major Diatonic Harmonicas (keys of G, A, C, D, and F - lowest to highest) and a hardshell harmonica case to carry them.

The Major Diatonic Harmonicas are more airtight, easier to bend, and better sounding than most other harps.

The hardshell harmonica case features a black Tolex cover, imitation leather accents with creme piping, a plush interior, and a locking latch under the handle. Holds 20 diatonic and 2 chromatic harmonicas. Removable tray, plenty of room for cables, microphone, and accessories.

Built in Japan to his exacting standards and incorporating new techniques and materials, it was in 1983 that Lee Oskar introduced his new harmonica. The radically different harp design grew out of Lee's frustration with the lack of quality and consistency in the mouth harps of the day. The design also benefited from Oskar's insights as a seasoned recording and touring pro.

The Dane's Design
Central to Oskar's design is a smooth plastic comb that doesn't swell like traditional wood combs. Aside from being easier to keep clean, the plastic comb is impervious to the swelling of conventional harmonica wood combs that can tear up the player's lips. By making affordable replacement reed plates available, Oskar's harps can be easily refurbished. You no longer need to toss out a harmonica because a reed or two has gone south. Replacement reed plates are available for every model in the Lee Oskar harmonica lineup and installation is easy since they mount to the comb with just three self-tapping screws. The reed plates have wide chambers and narrow dividers for faster, easier playing. A precision-molded, recessed bed holds the reed plate securely to prevent air leakage and project a bigger sound. The corrosion-proof, stainless steel cover plates are also engineered for excellent projection and tone. (Replacement cover plates are also available.) Lee Oskar harmonicas are tuned to 441-plus hertz for a brighter sound. With equal tuning by octaves, Lee Oskar harps have excellent intonation for blowing highly articulate, single-note leads.

More Keys and Modes
Lee's innovation didn't stop with a better-designed harp. Recognizing the need for harmonicas tuned in other than the major and natural minor diatonic scales, he introduced the Melody Maker and Harmonic Minor series that make it easier to play melodies difficult if not impossible to play with a standard diatonic harmonica. Another indication of Oskar's hard-won knowledge as a touring pro: Each harp is clearly marked in bright white on both ends with its first- and second-position (straight and cross-harp) keys. Each harmonica box is color-coded according to its series and also displays its key prominently. If you've ever struggled to find the right harp on a darkened stage, you will appreciate this simple yet essential touch.

About Lee Oskar
Even if you don't recognize Lee Oskar by name, if you've listened to pop radio much, you've probably heard his highly personal mouth harp style on War hits like "The Cisco Kid," "Low Rider," and "Why Can't We Be Friends." Oskar's staccato phrasing and uncanny tone”put to great use blowing horn-like unison riffs with saxman Charles Miller”gave War's funky stew of Latino, Caribbean, African, jazz, rock, and R&B elements a distinctive lead voice. This was especially true after the departure of vocalist Eric Burdon. The former Animals singer had been a focal point for War on early hits like "Spill The Wine." The band's eclectic and fluent mix of genres proved a rich fount leading to a string of '70s and '80s hits, usually with Oskar's distinctive harp riffs providing the signature sound.

FEATURES
  • Harmonica Features
  • Airtight
  • Easier second-position bending
  • All key components are replaceable
  • Durable and longer-lasting than other harps
  • Case:
  • 15"W x 4"H x 10-1/2"D exterior dimensions
  • 2 removable trays
  • Holds 20 diatonics, 2 chromatics, mic, and cable

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Lee OskarHarmonica 5-Pack with Case
 
4.1

(based on 17 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

71%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to play (6)
  • Consistent (5)
  • Good audio (5)
  • Quality craftsmanship (4)
  • Warm tone (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Small venues (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Five LO Harps AND a case? A Great Deal and a Great Price!!

Great value, great price, fast shipping.
Ive been blowing harp for 40 years. Formerly a Hohner player, Lee Oskar harps are my favorite since Hohners quality went south in the mid...Read complete review

Great value, great price, fast shipping.
Ive been blowing harp for 40 years. Formerly a Hohner player, Lee Oskar harps are my favorite since Hohners quality went south in the mid 80s. They play like the original Spec 20s did when they first came out in the 70s (I still have some of those orig 70s Spec 20s in flat keys that I haven't use much). Of all the harps I've used Hohner (Marine Band, Blues Harp, MM, Spec 20), Huang, Suzuki, Lee Oskar - the Lee Oskars have proven to be consistent and high quality. The standard to which I compare all harps is an old - almost 40 years - Hohner Blues Harp, (F), that I soak in water (trimmed the comb with an X-acto knife) and OMG, it plays SO sweet. If a harp plays with the feel I get from a nice tight water-soaked old wooden combed Hohner, it suits me! Lee Oskar harps consistently do that. The non-rusting SS covers and replaceable reed plates are a real innovation. The difference in responsiveness between a Lee and the last Spec 20 I bought in the mid 80's (my last Hohner ever) is like the difference between a Maserati and a dump truck. Every one of the LO harps played perfectly first time out. The case is great, It carries 22 diatonics, 1-12 hole Marine Band and a Chromonica (it's so old I only paid $16.95 for it at a music store on Fillmore St in San Francisco in 73), Madcat mic, two cords and my harp pedalboard with a delay and 7 band EQ. And spare batteries. Now if I could just ftt my hot-rodded Epiphone Valve Jr. in it...
Top quality all the way around.
Most bang for the buck! I needed to buy some new LO so, at this price, The case was basically free. An offer I couldn't refuse! BTW, the price of harps always goes up when there's a war on because of the amount of brass the military uses drives the cost of manufacturing up. I first noticed that after the first Gulf war.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Nearly Total Bust

How ironic is it that the best thing in this package deal is the cheaply made case (which I actually sound kind of nice)? 4 of the harmonicas were blown after the VERY...Read complete review

How ironic is it that the best thing in this package deal is the cheaply made case (which I actually sound kind of nice)? 4 of the harmonicas were blown after the VERY FIRST GIG! And no, I don't overblow, I've had Golden Melodies for years and they actually sound better after years of use than these Lee's did brand new. Some of the keys remained tight and sounded good, but overall, if all of the harps aren't perfect then this can hardly be a worthwhile package. And the worst part of course--you can't get your money back! I will be sticking to Hohners from here on out.

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3.0

Nice harmonicas except they only gave me 4 out of 5

By Ben

from West Kingston RI

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Easy To Play

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Lee Oskar Harmonica 5-Pack with Case:

      The G harmonica was missing and the case was locked with the keys inside of it. Tried to call but no one ever got back to me or I was disconnected... Not cool

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      5.0

      I would highly recommend this product

      By Joshg

      from Houston, TX

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Play
      • Rich Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Small Venues

        Comments about Lee Oskar Harmonica 5-Pack with Case:

        I absolutely love playing the Blues on these harps!!

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        5.0

        Great Sound

        By x

        from x

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Easy To Play
        • Quality Craftsmanship
        • Rich Sound
        • Warm Tone

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Lee Oskar Harmonica 5-Pack with Case:

            fun

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            2.0

            harmonicas are ok but the case looks cheap

            By Eric

            from Phoenix, AZ

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Comments about Lee Oskar Harmonica 5-Pack with Case:

            case is cheap looking and interior not suitable for my needs

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Awesome case and Harps

            By Drummer

            from Baltimore, MD

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Easy To Play
            • Quality Craftsmanship
            • Rich Sound
            • Warm Tone

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Small Venues

              Comments about Lee Oskar Harmonica 5-Pack with Case:

              It was a present for a friend and he LOVES it

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              lee oskar harmonica

              By par64s

              from portsmouth.va.

              About Me Novice

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Easy To Play
              • Quality Craftsmanship
              • Rich Sound
              • Warm Tone

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Accompaniment
                • Small Venues
                • Soundtracks

                Comments about Lee Oskar Harmonica 5-Pack with Case:

                learning by ear is easy. Wish the guitar was this easy.

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                5.0

                Worth the price to up-grade.

                By Back Stool

                from Saukville, WI

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Easy To Play
                • Quality Craftsmanship
                • Rich Sound
                • Warm Tone

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Lee Oskar Harmonica 5-Pack with Case:

                    The products were worth the wait for the back order to get filled. Eight weeks is a long time.

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                    (14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Five LO Harps AND a case? A Great Deal and a Great Price!!

                    By Walter Johnson

                    from Pennsylvania

                    Comments about Lee Oskar Harmonica 5-Pack with Case:

                    Great value, great price, fast shipping.
                    Ive been blowing harp for 40 years. Formerly a Hohner player, Lee Oskar harps are my favorite since Hohners quality went south in the mid 80s. They play like the original Spec 20s did when they first came out in the 70s (I still have some of those orig 70s Spec 20s in flat keys that I haven't use much). Of all the harps I've used Hohner (Marine Band, Blues Harp, MM, Spec 20), Huang, Suzuki, Lee Oskar - the Lee Oskars have proven to be consistent and high quality. The standard to which I compare all harps is an old - almost 40 years - Hohner Blues Harp, (F), that I soak in water (trimmed the comb with an X-acto knife) and OMG, it plays SO sweet. If a harp plays with the feel I get from a nice tight water-soaked old wooden combed Hohner, it suits me! Lee Oskar harps consistently do that. The non-rusting SS covers and replaceable reed plates are a real innovation. The difference in responsiveness between a Lee and the last Spec 20 I bought in the mid 80's (my last Hohner ever) is like the difference between a Maserati and a dump truck. Every one of the LO harps played perfectly first time out. The case is great, It carries 22 diatonics, 1-12 hole Marine Band and a Chromonica (it's so old I only paid $16.95 for it at a music store on Fillmore St in San Francisco in 73), Madcat mic, two cords and my harp pedalboard with a delay and 7 band EQ. And spare batteries. Now if I could just ftt my hot-rodded Epiphone Valve Jr. in it...
                    Top quality all the way around.
                    Most bang for the buck! I needed to buy some new LO so, at this price, The case was basically free. An offer I couldn't refuse! BTW, the price of harps always goes up when there's a war on because of the amount of brass the military uses drives the cost of manufacturing up. I first noticed that after the first Gulf war.

                    Comment on this reviewHelp Icon

                    (2 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    1.0

                    Lee Oskar Harmonica 5-Pack with Case

                    By Joe Searles

                    from Virginia

                    Comments about Lee Oskar Harmonica 5-Pack with Case:

                    This was a great buy. I paid for the harmonica's only, the case was free. They are easy to play and sound great. I'm a novice and haven't learned the art of bending, yet, but without trying very hard, I have bent some notes accidently, so I'm sure, once I learn the bending technique, they will be easy to bend. Another great feature of these harmonica's, is the availability of purchasing new reed plates, that will allow me to fix my harmonica's, instead of replacing them. Shipping time from MusiciansFriend was normal, not exceptional.

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                    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    2.0

                    Nearly Total Bust

                    By NoMOBadHarps

                    from Missouri

                    Comments about Lee Oskar Harmonica 5-Pack with Case:

                    How ironic is it that the best thing in this package deal is the cheaply made case (which I actually sound kind of nice)? 4 of the harmonicas were blown after the VERY FIRST GIG! And no, I don't overblow, I've had Golden Melodies for years and they actually sound better after years of use than these Lee's did brand new. Some of the keys remained tight and sounded good, but overall, if all of the harps aren't perfect then this can hardly be a worthwhile package. And the worst part of course--you can't get your money back! I will be sticking to Hohners from here on out.

                    Comment on this reviewHelp Icon

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