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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.

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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 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.

  • 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
Limited warranty against defects in new products.

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By Douglas Day

from Rockwall, TX

In South Lake Tahoe, summer of 1972. two wandering blues men ended up at the place I was living. They played and sang all night, one on guitar and one on harmonica. Never heard anything like it before or since. The next day, I bought a $1.75 marine band harmonica. I had tried just about every type of harmonica when a friend suggested the Lee Oscar. He had a couple and I tried one out. Blew me away. Instant, clean clarity of each individual reed. Deep sweet bends, both high and low, that didn't feel like your brains would ooze out your ears. Never have to break these in and they last twice as long as any others I've used. Hated to admit to my guitar-player pal that he'd just turned me on the finest harmonica made. You know how guitar players are.... But I did. Thanks Lee Oskar.

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Newbie gets the goods

By Greg

from Treasure Island, Florida

As a guitarist and singer I was a little unsure about with harmonicas to buy. I did my research and then came to GC who were offering the best deal. The free case was a bonus and as any active musician will tell you, you always need somewhere to put stuff (where it won't be damaged, stolen or just get lost among the chaos of packing up). No hitches with delivery even though I ordered just before Christmas. This is the second time using GC and both times have been good experiences. I'm not a fan of big musical instrument selling organisations because music and what one plays is such a personal issue. But, if you're doing your own research and then looking for the best deal I'm sure you could do worse. As for the harmonicas they were delivered on time in perfect condition. All I have to so now is learn how to play them. Best Greg

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Lee Oscar Harps

By Ron "The Rooster" Leger

from New Bedford, Ma

These are the best harps I've ever tried, A blues harp and special 20 fan for years and these harps blow em away... Single notes cruise with ease, and easy to fix, and God knows I've trashed a few harps in my time... tried the E with Cisco Kid and Slipping into Darkness with WAR and right on target. Again the best harp I've tried.

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