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Lee Oskar Major Diatonic Harmonica Eb

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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 ... Click To Read More About This Product

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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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MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
Limited warranty against defects in new products.


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Lee OskarMajor Diatonic Harmonica
 
4.6

(based on 191 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (141)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (35)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (8)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Quality craftsmanship (54)
  • Easy to play (51)
  • Good audio (42)
  • Consistent (41)
  • Warm tone (34)

Cons

  • Flat sound (3)

Best Uses

  • Accompaniment (32)
  • Small venues (24)
  • Soundtracks (12)
  • Jazz clubs (8)
  • School bands (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (34), Novice (18), Professional musician (11)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Sounds Better Than It Looks

Way back in the mid -1960's I played blues harp in a local band, and at that time the state of the art was the Hohner Blues Harp (I still have 10...Read complete review

Way back in the mid -1960's I played blues harp in a local band, and at that time the state of the art was the Hohner Blues Harp (I still have 10 of them, and after 40 years they still sound fine). Recently I got reinterested in playing the blues, and after checking out several websites it looked like the new "state of the art" was the Lee Oskar. So, I got one. First impression - this thing really looks like a cheap toy (the fact that it prominently features the name "Tombo" on it doesn't help any). But after playing it I was pleasantly surprised - it has a slightly better sound than the old Blues Harp, slightly sharper and brighter sounding - probably due to the fact that it has a plastic comb instead of the wood comb in the Blues Harp. It is also a little easier to bend the notes - not a dramatic difference, but noticable. I think Lee Oskar attributes the additional sharpness to the harmonica being tuned 1 cycle above concert pitch (441 instead of 440), but I don't think my ears are that sensitive. All in all, as my Blues Harps wear out I will probably replace them with Lee Oskars.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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

would buy again

By Tina

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Lee Oskar Major Diatonic Harmonica:

great

 
5.0

I would not hesitate to order from guitar center online.

By sparky

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

     
    4.0

    nice little harmonica

    By climaction

    from charlottesville, va

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Easy To Play
    • Quality Craftsmanship

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Accompaniment
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Lee Oskar Major Diatonic Harmonica:

      I list myself as a professional musician, but I'm not a professional harmonica player. I use the harmonica on a neck rack as an added tone-color for my band's folk-rock repertoire. I blew out one of my Hohner harmonicas and was dismayed that my only option was to replace the whole thing. I like the fact that the Lee Oskar as the option of replacing reeds. It's not as loud as I would like, but I'm getting used to it. Good instrument for the price.

       
      5.0

      It is awesome!

      By JS

      from Antioch, Ca

      Verified Buyer

      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

      Verified Buyer

      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

         
        4.0

        I would buy

        By Iamprtg

        from Las vegas

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Quality Craftsmanship
        • Rich Sound
        • Warm Tone

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Accompaniment

          Comments about Lee Oskar Major Diatonic Harmonica:

          Great

           
          5.0

          Darned good harp!

          By Blue Buddha

          from Havre, Mt

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Lee Oskar Major Diatonic Harmonica:

              Lee Oskar harps are excellent right out of the box and I love the fact that there are reed plates available at a reasonable price to rebuild them. Musician's Friend gets things to me in a timely way and service is excellent.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Harmonica

              By Gary

              from Kingman AZ

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              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

                  Great buy on great product

                  By "Holy Harp"

                  from Hannibal, MO

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Small Venues

                    Comments about Lee Oskar Major Diatonic Harmonica:

                    Carry on belt holster. Will play in an instant. Do frequent Happy Birthday surprise songs.
                    Have every key of Lee Oskar diatonic harps.

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