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Overview

  • Airtight
  • Easier second-position bending
  • All key components are replaceable
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      Lee Oskar

      Designed by a master of the harp.

      Well-suited for blues, rock, country, folk, and jazz. They're more airtight, easier to bend, and better sounding than many harps. Modular design.

      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

      • Airtight
      • Easier second-position bending
      • All key components are replaceable

      Order all the keys you need today!

       
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      Lee OskarMajor Diatonic Harmonica
       
      4.5

      (based on 128 reviews)

      Ratings Distribution

      • 5 Stars

         

        (94)

      • 4 Stars

         

        (22)

      • 3 Stars

         

        (4)

      • 2 Stars

         

        (1)

      • 1 Stars

         

        (7)

      92%

      of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

      Pros

      • Quality craftsmanship (24)
      • Easy to play (22)
      • Consistent (18)
      • Good audio (15)
      • Warm tone (14)

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Accompaniment (13)
        • Small venues (12)
        • Soundtracks (6)
        • Jazz clubs (5)
        • School bands (3)
          • Reviewer Profile:
          • Experienced (14), Novice (9), Professional musician (4)

        Most Liked Positive Review

         

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        I am a guitar player. I decided last May to finally incorperate the harmonica into what I do. I decided to start off with a pro-level harp because I wanted a pro-quality instrument. ...Read complete review

        I am a guitar player. I decided last May to finally incorperate the harmonica into what I do. I decided to start off with a pro-level harp because I wanted a pro-quality instrument. I did some research and picked the Lee Oskar Major Diatonic. I knew I was getting a good harmonica, but I didn't know it would be this good. The Major Diatonic is a fantastic instrument. It is classy looking and has a no-nonsense design. I like the way the comb (where the holes are for those of you who may not know what that is) protrudes from the cover plates. It provides a nice roadmap for your tongue so you know where you are. The overall design makes playing and maneuvering from note to note much easier than other harps I?ve tried. The tone is great too, very big, bright and full bodied sound which is very much at home with warmer sounding guitars. Single notes sound great and bending is effortless making it great for learning on. You can get a ton of great sounds out of this thing. It?s one of those harps where if you play a wrong note it?s your fault, not the harp?s. The Major Diatonic is built like a tank too. The reeds have withstood some of my bad technique; it?s been dropped a few times in dust, and played next to a roaring fire. Other harps (if they have wood combs would have warped). The Major Diatonic keeps going in situations where other harps would bite the dust. It is also very easy and convenient to maintenance, which takes a load off my mind. I own two Hohners and they are not as easy to take apart and clean which makes me very reluctant to play them. Because of this feature I can bang away on this harp all I want and not worry about it getting dirty or skuzzy, because it is so easy to clean. Having the Lee Oskar Harmonica tool kit makes this process very hassle free. The website is also a super resource as well. This is a fantastic product. Give it I try, you really can?t go wrong.

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        Not a strong harp

        Though beyond novice, I'm still something of a harp newbie. This Oskar was my first venture outside the Hohners and I found it somewhat disappointingly "weak" - though others might...Read complete review

        Though beyond novice, I'm still something of a harp newbie. This Oskar was my first venture outside the Hohners and I found it somewhat disappointingly "weak" - though others might say "mellow" - especially compared to my favored Special 20's -

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        5.0

        Responsive

        By Waterman

        from Portland, Or

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Accompaniment
          • Jazz Clubs
          • Pop Country Blues
          • Small Venues
          • Soundtracks

          Comments about Lee Oskar Major Diatonic Harmonica:

          If you are serious or not about playing harp, just try one of these out and compare it to the others. See? It's easier to play and it sounds better.
          I've been playing more or less for over thirty years, and this is the only brand I buy now. The best.

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          5.0

          I love Lee oscar harps

          By TimD

          from Houston, TX

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Bend Notes
          • Quality Craftsmanship
          • Rich Sound
          • Warm Tone

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Accompaniment
            • Jazz Clubs
            • School Bands
            • Small Venues
            • Soundtracks

            Comments about Lee Oskar Major Diatonic Harmonica:

            Lee Oscar is the only brand I've ever bought (other than the really cheap ones) and I've never really had the need to even try another.

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            5.0

            This harp rocks!

            By C.J.

            from Norfolk, VA

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Play
            • Quality Craftsmanship
            • Rich Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Playing Esoteric Music

              Comments about Lee Oskar Major Diatonic Harmonica:

              Feels and plays right, bendable, and fun.

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              5.0

              "wow"

              By irvinelover

              from Irvine Ca

              About Me Novice

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • None

              Best Uses

              • Accompaniment
              • Jazz Clubs
              • School Bands
              • Small Venues
              • Soundtracks
              • Symphonies

              Comments about Lee Oskar Major Diatonic Harmonica:

              I am very pleased with my purchase and couldn't be happier!!!

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              5.0

              best bang for your buck

              By SupaFreakin Puerto-Rican

              from Sonoma County, CA

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Easy To Play
              • Quality Craftsmanship
              • Replaceable Reeds
              • Rich Sound

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Accompaniment
                • Optimal For The Blues

                Comments about Lee Oskar Major Diatonic Harmonica:

                These harmonicas are well-made & have great tone. Unlike some brands that take a while to break in to "bend" notes, Lee Oskar's are ready to bend notes right out of the box. Interchangeable reeds make these harps a crucial component in the harp-players arsenal. No more throwing away your favorite harp because it's gone flat! Just change out the reeds & you're back in the saddle

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                5.0

                exceptional Harp, buy it!

                By Hank Fan

                from Montgomery, Alabama

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                Ask me a question

                Pros

                • Quality Craftsmanship
                • Warm Tone

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Texas Honky Tonk Music

                  Comments about Lee Oskar Major Diatonic Harmonica:

                  standout above the rest.

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                  4.0

                  I would buy this product again

                  By Smith

                  from Liberal, Ks

                  About Me Novice

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent
                  • Easy To Play
                  • Quality Craftsmanship

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Lee Oskar Major Diatonic Harmonica:

                      Typical quality craftsmanship.

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                      4.0

                      I would buy this product again

                      By Smith

                      from Liberal, Ks

                      About Me Novice

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent
                      • Easy To Play
                      • Quality Craftsmanship

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Lee Oskar Major Diatonic Harmonica:

                          Typical quality craftsmanship

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                          4.0

                          I would buy this product again

                          By Smith

                          from Liberal, Ks

                          About Me Novice

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent
                          • Easy To Play
                          • Quality Craftsmanship

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Lee Oskar Major Diatonic Harmonica:

                              Typical quality craftsmanship

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                              4.0

                              I would buy this product again

                              By Smith

                              from Liberal, Ks

                              About Me Novice

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Consistent
                              • Easy To Play
                              • Quality Craftsmanship

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Lee Oskar Major Diatonic Harmonica:

                                  Quality product.

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