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Lee Oskar Major Diatonic Harmonica A

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

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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
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Limited warranty against defects in new products.


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Lee OskarMajor Diatonic Harmonica
 
4.8

(based on 29 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to play (7)
  • Quality craftsmanship (6)
  • Warm tone (6)
  • Consistent (5)
  • Good audio (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Accompaniment (5)
  • Small venues (3)
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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Yes

By Rick

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Lee Oskar Major Diatonic Harmonica:

Good sound, great quality

 
5.0

would buy again

By Tina

from undisclosed

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Comments about Lee Oskar Major Diatonic Harmonica:

great

 
5.0

I would not hesitate to order from guitar center online.

By sparky

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Comments about Lee Oskar Major Diatonic Harmonica:

I knew exactly what I wanted, their add was accurrate, price was fair, arrival of delivery exactly as I expected as they adverised; most imortant - they delivered what I ordered.

 
5.0

Definitely

By Mario

from LasVegas

About Me Novice

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Accompaniment
    • School Bands

    Comments about Lee Oskar Major Diatonic Harmonica:

    Great sound of

     
    5.0

    It is awesome!

    By JS

    from Antioch, Ca

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    Comments about Lee Oskar Major Diatonic Harmonica:

    Sounds great

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    I've been a fan and still am.

    By Dr. Laugh

    from Kansas

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Accompaniment

      Comments about Lee Oskar Major Diatonic Harmonica:

      I've been using my second string C harp, after my special 20 lost a middle Reed response.
      Definitely a good difference going with quality.
      I use A minor to High G harps both Oscar and Special 20's

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Harmonica

      By Gary

      from Kingman AZ

      About Me Experienced

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Lee Oskar Major Diatonic Harmonica:

          Received my order quickly and just what I wanted.

           
          5.0

          Last a long time

          By ADELFIO

          from undisclosed

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          Comments about Major Diatonic Harmonica:

          Lee Oskar great harps great sounds

           
          4.0

          Great product

          By Morris

          from undisclosed

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          Comments about Lee Oskar Major Diatonic Harmonica:

          Personal playing

           
          5.0

          Excellent

          By Smytty

          from Bluff Point N.Y.

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Accompaniment
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Lee Oskar Major Diatonic Harmonica:

            Great sounding harp. 1st Lee Oskar I've ever played. I'll be back for more .

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