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SEYDEL ORCHESTRA S Session Steel Harmonica Key of Low D

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The ORCHESTRA S Session Steel Harmonica is a 10-hole, solo-tuned harmonica (orchestra-tuning). As with the chromatic harmonica, all notes from the ma...Click To Read More About This Product

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Solo-tuned diatonic with corrosion-free stainless steel reeds, ergonomic covers and carmine red plastic comb.

The ORCHESTRA S Session Steel Harmonica is a 10-hole, solo-tuned harmonica (orchestra-tuning). As with the chromatic harmonica, all notes from the major scale are available throughout a two-and-a-half octave range.

The ORCHESTRA S offers even more
Typically, the root note is found in hole 1-blow. The ORCHESTRA S places the root note at hole 3-blow, and half of the lower octave is added to holes 1 and 2. Since many players miss some of the notes on the standard Richter-tuned diatonic harmonica in the lower register the ORCHESTRA S allows them to hit the missing notes without having to apply a bending technique. The root note of the diatonic major scale is marked on the coverplate - it starts in 3 blow.

This makes the ORCHESTRA S an ideal soloing instrument; the ten-hole design makes the Orchestra-S compact enough to take your melodies anywhere.

The note layout is basically the same as that of a chromatic harmonica, making the ORCHESTRA S a great starting harmonica for learning to play a chromatic. The compact size combined with SEYDEL's durability makes the ORCHESTRA S a good choice for musical education in schools.

The ORCHESTRA S opens new possibilities to blues harmonica players by making it easy to play minor pieces (3rd position) with a sound similar to solos played on a chromatic, thanks to the solo-tuning. They will also appreciate the extended major scale in the lower register. The root note of the dominant chord is available in the hole 1-draw, making it similar to playing in 2nd position on a standard Richter-tuned harmonica.

Seasoned blues players will find all the notes of the blues scale through natural notes and bent notes, bringing soul and color to their blues improvisation.

FEATURES
  • Solo-tuning in a ten-hole, compact harmonica
  • Expanded tonal range in the lower register (Orchestra tuning)
  • Stainless-steel reeds, coverplates, and screws combined for unparalleled durability (outlasting brass-reed models by up to five-times)
  • Anti-corrosive, German-silver reedplates
  • Lip-friendly, translucent carmine red plastic comb (ABS) with recessed reedplates
  • Protective, full-grain leather pouch included

Add more notes to your solos. Order today.

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SEYDELORCHESTRA S Session Steel Harmonica
 
4.3

(based on 8 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (1)

75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (5)
  • Quality craftsmanship (5)
  • Warm tone (5)
  • Consistent (3)
  • Easy to play (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

No Best Uses
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (5), Novice (3)

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent solo tuned harmonica.

By esd1952

from Westerville, Oh

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about SEYDEL ORCHESTRA S Session Steel Harmonica:

      Dylan songs, folk songs.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      My first Seydel but not my last!

      By Buffalo Phil

      from Cody WY

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Quality Craftsmanship
      • Rich Sound
      • Warm Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about SEYDEL ORCHESTRA S Session Steel Harmonica:

          My first Seydel- I'll be investing in more! I haven't had this thing a day and I'm enchanted. Fit and finish is exquisite; tone warm, deep, and wonderful. Haven't amped it yet but looking forward to the experience- I expect a big, honky blues sound!

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Fast service, good harp, will do buiseness again.

          By CARPHARP

          from Houston Texas

          About Me Experienced

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Small Venues

            Comments about SEYDEL ORCHESTRA S Session Steel Harmonica:

            Play for joy

             
            5.0

            I LOVE this tuning!

            By TGB

            from Alb. NM

            About Me Experienced

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            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jam Sessions
                • Performance
                • Practice

                Comments about SEYDEL ORCHESTRA S Session Steel Harmonica:

                first, for those who don't read the description, this is not the normal richter tuned harp. It's tuned like a chromatic, straight diatonic scale. So, if you play second position blues harp, it will not make you happy.

                But! If you play first position melodies, this is so much fun! You have 2 1/2 octaves of range, and can get those low and high melody notes that just don't exist on a regular harp. And they are fantastic for minor blues too! Get the relative major of your minor key, (C for Am blues) and wow! It will take some adjustment, but it's so much fun!

                Now, for something about Seydel harps. I have found them to be OK, but a friend has had trouble with them. I've used all the major brands, and find these to be acceptable, although I'm sure some lemons get sent out. There are ways to fine tune, and Lee Oscar used to sell a kit with tools and instructions. Worth looking into.

                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                Don't buy Seydel harmonicas!

                By Mickey

                from Las Vegas

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                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Poor Sound

                  Best Uses

                  • Practice

                  Comments about SEYDEL ORCHESTRA S Session Steel Harmonica:

                  Quality control on Seydel harps seems to be non-existent - and their prices are twice that of much better harps. The Orchestra S received was the worst harp I ever experienced, and it's got nothing to do with solo tuning, which I understand and wanted, or the aberrations that can occur with holes 1 and 2. The sound is similar to the plastic party-favor harps in the 99-cent store, and the arbitrary tremelo on 7 is not what I'd consider a bonus. Unplayable junk!

                  (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  Not what I expected

                  By Pete

                  from Chicago

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Excellent Craftsmanship

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about SEYDEL ORCHESTRA S Session Steel Harmonica:

                      The only thing I can honestly say, is don't buy this if you seek a diatonic harmonica in the key of low C. It has some funky tuning that is for very specialized use. Seems pretty well-made, though.

                       
                      5.0

                      I like it...

                      By Doug the white-supremacisti hunter

                      from Brookings, OR

                      About Me Novice

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Quality Craftsmanship
                      • Rich Sound
                      • Warm Tone

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about SEYDEL ORCHESTRA S Session Steel Harmonica:

                          Sweet sounding harp!

                           
                          5.0

                          This harmonica look and sound great, as I expected!!!!

                          By The "OLD" guy that play the harmonica

                          from Miami, Florida

                          About Me Novice

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about SEYDEL ORCHESTRA S Session Steel Harmonica:

                              I play it for fun and sometimes to annoy my coworkers!!!

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