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Advanced technology and classic style are evident in this impressive set.
The Suzuki Manji Harmonica Box Set (7) contains 7 harmonicas of advanced technology and functional beauty. These are stunning 10-hole diatonic harmonicas in the keys of C, G, A, D, E, F and Bb. Each of these revolutionary new diatonic harmonicas is named after Mr. Manji Suzuki, the company's founder — now in his mid 80s, but still very much in charge. He started with a single hand-built model 70 years ago, and has built Suzuki up into one of the world's premier harmonica manufacturers. Harmonicas are Mr. Suzuki's passion and his life's work. The fact he is putting his own name on the MANJI Harmonica is because those 70 years of dedication to perfection are condensed in this one impressive instrument. He is convinced that it will come to be regarded as one of the best harmonicas of the 21st century.
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Comments about Suzuki Manji Harmonica Box Set (7):
After stumbling around for some years on old style harps back in the 70s and 80s, I have been playing Lee Oscars since and thought I would try something new again.
The Manji are great harps but are probably not suitable for me.
Price was good on a set that contained Bb and an introductory Low C as a freebie in a great soft case. But, I feel they are a step backwards for me. Even though they are modern wood composite comb, it seems to me they are more like early era wood comb models not designed for contemporary amplified application compared to Lee Oscars due: smaller blow holes, takes more pressure to obtain response, the reed plate extends beyond the body which is sharp on my lip (in my playing style, playing often and hard, chafes my lip) and allows air leakage to right and left when moving fast.
What I think about the blow hole size...I compared the hole line up of a Manji with a Lee Oscar. The holes do not align with the LO holes extending further out toward both ends. As the LO holes are larger, the separation walls are smaller. In fairness, I wonder if hand and muscle 'memory' are not a factor when moving from one size to the other. Like changing a game controller...the buttons are different. It could be a reason I am not performing as well on the Manji' as on the Lee Oscars. But still, the other issues exist.
I do like the side holes in the plates allowing sound back to you via cupped hand--especially when the crowd gets loud and you have trouble hearing yourself unless using monitor.
I primarily play straight harp and occasionally cross. To me, they did better in bluesy songs but still, for me, in the higher range, it seems more difficult to flow over into that single high note on a song such as Journey's Don't stop believing. Not good for me as I am not confident the harp will go when I hit the gas at the high end. My style has been described as "conversionist" creating accents ( I need low pressure, immediate response for these) and accompaniments with the harp--in addition to my leads. Have played publicly since early 80s and have been paid cash to play. I'm not a Professional Musician but do play with many full time musicians.
I really like the new Manji Low C as the range adds great opportunity! But still the plate extends beyond the comb and the holes are smaller and the reeds need greater pressure (but only in the high end) for response. The low end is super cool and ultra responsive...you gotta try one of Suzuki's Low harps...real fun!