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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...Click To Read More About This Product

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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 19 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (13)

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78%

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:
    • Experienced (4), 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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(16 of 16 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.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best Harp

By harper-YIHh7

from Kansas City, MO

Comments about Lee Oskar Harmonica 5-Pack with Case:

Lee Oskar's are an incredible instrument right out of the box. Break 'em in and you've got a harp that can take you from intermediate to recordings. Oskar's are built like tanks, and owner's are encouraged to repair and tweak them on their own. Suggestion: by a harp that you specifically try your mods on.If I were starting all over again, I'd buy a hohner piedmont set to learn on and mistreat then replace them all with Lee Oskar major diatonics when I was ready to get serious. When the mood struck, I'd buy a few Lee Oskar melody makers just to round out the set. You will never outgrow your Lee Oskars.....period.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Set!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Lee Oskar Harmonica 5-Pack with Case:

I got this set for my birthday this past week, and I can honestly say that I am impressed! I am not a professional by any means (I am a guitarist by trade), but these are really easy to play. I can't wait to record with them. The case is really nice too. It has TONS of room, and it looks rather empty with just 5 harps in it. I'll have to put my cheaper harps in there too just for looks. Also, all Lee Oskar's are made by Tombo, not just this set. These are REAL Oskars.

(3 of 6 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.

(2 of 2 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.

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Happy with the LO's

    By philladakilla

    from San Luis Obispo, CA

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    Comments about Lee Oskar Harmonica 5-Pack with Case:

    I started playing harmonica on a Hohner Marine Band harmonica over a year ago and decided to get a set of Lee Oskars and a holder so I could jam on guitar and harp at the same time. I was immediately impressed with the package I received. The case is great for holding the harps, holder, chords, picks, and plenty of other neat things. The sound was pristine and more professional compared to the Hohner and the plastic comb is more durable and easier to clean. Some of the low end reeds need a little warming up to get going but I am very happy with the performance. I just wish the F harp was an octave lower. Also, I haven't played enough harps to give it a perfect rating, but nonetheless I am very satisfied.

    (2 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Lee Oskar Harmonica 5-Pack with Case

    By Joe Searles

    from Virginia

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    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.

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    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

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        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

            (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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