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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 incorporat... Click To Read More About This Product

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Gear returned in mint condition. If you're looking for a virtually new instrument in possibly less-than-perfect packaging, this is a great value.
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Gear returned in great condition, with only minor signs of use, such as slight scuffs or pick marks. It looks and plays like new and may be considered an equivalent to display units found in retail stores.
  • Includes 45-Day, No-Hassle Returns
  • Includes full manufacturer's warranty
Gear returned in mint condition. If you're looking for a virtually new instrument in possibly less-than-perfect packaging, this is a great value.
  • Includes 45-Day, No-Hassle Returns
  • Includes full manufacturer's warranty
Gear returned in great condition, with only minor signs of use, such as slight scuffs or pick marks. It looks and plays like new and may be considered an equivalent to display units found in retail stores.
  • Includes 45-Day, No-Hassle Returns
  • Includes full manufacturer's warranty
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Overview

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
  • Durable and longer-lasting than other harps
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MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
Limited warranty against defects in new products.


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Lee OskarMajor Diatonic Harmonica
 
4.7

(based on 34 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (23)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to play (11)
  • Quality craftsmanship (9)
  • Consistent (8)
  • Warm tone (8)
  • Good audio (7)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Accompaniment (8)
  • Small venues (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (5), Professional musician (4)

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(100 of 104 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Sounds Better Than It Looks

By Harpmaster B

from Martinez, CA

Comments about Lee Oskar Major Diatonic Harmonica:

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.

(21 of 22 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best Harmonica on the market

By Phillip Keene

from Yuma, Az

Comments about Lee Oskar Major Diatonic Harmonica:

I have 7 Lee Oskar Major Diatonic Harmonica's in various keys. I prefer The Lee Oskar Harmonica for the sound over any other harmonica I have played. I have been playing the harmonica for the past 63 years.

(18 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome instrument

By Ralph Greco

from Coventry, RI

Comments about Lee Oskar Major Diatonic Harmonica:

As a casual player, I had mostly Honer Special 20's. Then on my way to a party where I knew we would be playing,I stopped to pick up a new A-harp to replace one with a bad reed. They were out of Special 20's and the guy behind the counter suggested the Lee Oskar. I found it to have a much fuller sound, and be easier to bend than the Special 20 or the Honer Blues. Over time, I have been able to replace nearly all my Honers with Lee Oskars.

(16 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Workhorse Blues Harp

By timdonderevo

from Milwaukee, WI

Comments about Lee Oskar Major Diatonic Harmonica:

I bought this harmonica on the advice of an expert player I know for recording a bluesy harp-part on a rock track. This Lee Oskar is perfect for single-notes and bending, and as an amateur, I managed to learn and play the part fairly quickly. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

(14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Oskar Harmonica's

By Rev. James Alen

from Manteca Ca.

Comments about Lee Oskar Major Diatonic Harmonica:

I consider the Lee to be one of the very best I have ever played, they are built very well and play true, with ease in playability. I will play them in Church as well as in Recordings. them to anyone who wants Quality in their Instrument

(13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

amazingly rich tone

By Matthew F.

from murray, ut

Comments about Lee Oskar Major Diatonic Harmonica:

I have been playing harmonica for years and for several bands. However with all the different harmonicas I have come across in my lifetime I have never found one with as rich tone quality as this harmonica its a great deal and I suggest this for the experienced and in-experienced players. for those who want to play in a band or play solo. The Lee Oscar is definetly the way to go!

(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

My first harmonica, and now I own 6

By Olsem Wanem

from Greenville SC

Comments about Lee Oskar Major Diatonic Harmonica:

I bought a Lee Oskar about 9 years ago for my first harmonica. I still have that one and it still sounds good! I now own a total of 6 Lee Oskars and have been pleased with all of them. I also own 3 Hohner special 20's and have been pleased with them as well. I would have a very very hard time saying which is better, so I will list a few differences. The Hohner is slightly smaller and does not feel as good in my hand - seems slightly harder to grip. Some of the Hohner Special 20's seemed a little bit easier to bend when brand new; the Lee Oskars took a bit of time to break in. But in my experience, this can depend on each individual harp too. For instance, one of my Special 20's (key of A) has a 3rd hole that is very difficult to bend, even after a long time of playing it, while a couple of the Lee Oskars (B-flat especially) were very easy to bend right from the start (it seems like the higher the key the easier to bend when new, at least to me). One nice feature on the Lee Oskars is that the key is clearly marked in white, so they are easy to distinguish, while the Special 20 has the key stamped on the metal cover, and is difficult to see. One more thing which is pretty trivial and almost not worth mentioning, but the Hohner cases feel flimsy and the lining is glued in and sometimes comes apart, whereas the Lee Oskar cases are more sturdy, and you can lock two or more of them together which is a nice feature. I would recommend the Lee Oskar or the Hohner Special 20 to everyone. I tried the Hohner Blues Band (made in China) and they are awful. The Lee Oskar is more expensive, but worth evey penny.

(10 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Exceptional Customer Service

By Dean Bernard

from Laplace, LA

Comments about Lee Oskar Major Diatonic Harmonica:

I owned a Lee Oskar in the key of D which played great right out of the box. So, I ordered another one in G. I was disappointed when I found I had to gap two holes and make lateral adjustments to two others. I went to the Lee Oskar web site and sent a comment basically saying I was disappointed that I had to go through the learning process and trouble to get the harp to play well, which it does since the adjustments. Within an hour I received a call from Lee Oskar himself wanting to know about the issues as he stated they almost never have any production issues. He offered to replace the harp, even though I told him I had it working perfectly. Did I mention this was on a Sunday morning?!! In today's business climate, it was very refreshing to see the owner of a company take so much interest in a relatively inexpensive product simply because his name is on it and he genuinely wants the purchaser's of his product to enjoy it and be creative with it. As I told Lee, I will always be a customer of Lee Oskar harps!

(8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent harmonica

By Jacob P.

from Fl

Comments about Lee Oskar Major Diatonic Harmonica:

I am very pleased with the Lee Oskar Major Diatonic. It has a great tone and looks sharp too. As a beginner harmonica player I think it is easy to play and I find that I can play it well. It sounds great when I play it with my guitars and is quite different when it comes to sound. You can bet that my next harmonica will be a Lee. I highly recomend one and highly recomend guitar center. They have great service and a vast selection.

(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good, very good.

By rogelio

from San Fernando, CA.

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Comments about Lee Oskar Major Diatonic Harmonica:

I'm not an harmonicas expert by any means, but I own some Hohner harmonicas including one Blues Harp and one Special20. I bought one Lee Oskar Low F(somewhere else not GC), because I think for that key Hohner has the thunderbird model, which for an enthusiast like me that is way too much money. It is way better to play than all my hohner harmonicas except for the Special20. Easier to bend including the Special20. Because of this I bought one lee oskar in the key of E, and again, playing it is easier than playing the hohners. at least if you are a beginner like me, you won't be disappointed. Why 4 stars and not 5, because I feel some air leaking when playing but since hohner harmonicas I have, got the same issue then I stay with Lee.

(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great sound with design flaw.

By Sweet Old Bill

from Denver, CO

Comments about Lee Oskar Major Diatonic Harmonica:

Lee Oskar harmonicas have great sound, a wide variety of keys, and are great in all areas, EXCEPT that there is a sharp edge on the cap that can be rough on the lips. I still recommend Lee Oskar harmonicas, especially when I compare them to other brands.

(6 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Blues Worthy

By Otis Groovemeister

from Minnesota

Comments about Lee Oskar Major Diatonic Harmonica:

This is only my 2nd Lee Oskar and find it very comparable to the Hohner Blues Harp in quality. It definitely plays different so its really up to the individual what they prefer but I will definitely give it a thumbs up. Always in search for the the ultimate tone for the ultimate tune. I won't give it 5 stars as I probably won't see that harp until I get to heaven.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Tone Impressive Customer Service

By Richard Sabayrac _

from Gansevoort, NY

Comments about Lee Oskar Major Diatonic Harmonica:

I have used the Lee Oskars and found that for the price you just can't beat 'em. I just ordered the Low F my first. What a great tone. WOW! I had a problem with a key of E,From GC. It arrived with out a case and was out of tune on several notes. VERY UNUSUAL for any Lee Oskar product. I called the factory number given by the GC customer service. I got a call back from Lee Oskar himself who handled this personally by sending me a new harp. Now that impressed me. WOW again!

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Old Dog, New Harmonica

By Merrilll Guice

from Valdosta, GA

Comments about Lee Oskar Major Diatonic Harmonica:

I started out on harp at age 12 with a Hohner Chromatic in C. I have gone through many, many Marine Bands and Blues Harps over the past 47 years until last week I took a flyer on Lee Oskar. Mostly it was at disgust of having a Blues Harp in G falling apart when I took it out of the case. So, I used this replacement last night at church and just loved the tone and the feel of it. I also like the fact that I can buy parts and repair my Oskar harps. Bye, Bye Hohners.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Sounding

By Robert Mabry

from Huntland, Tennessee

Comments about Lee Oskar Major Diatonic Harmonica:

This a great sounding harp and is very responsive. Nice work Lee. I am replacing my Suzuki's with the Lee Oskars. They sound better and are a much better buy.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

One of my two favorite harps

By Christopher Miller

from Coarsegold, CA

Comments about Lee Oskar Major Diatonic Harmonica:

I am impressed with the easy, responsive action of the Lee Oskar harmonica. I've played Hohners up until now, and while I still love them, more Lee Oskars will definitely make it into my collection. Two drawbacks to an otherwise perfect harp: I find it a TINY bit uncomfortable on the mouth, and it doesn't sound as loud or "raspy" as a Hohner Special 20. It's not terribly uncomfortable, I just find it a bit tall for my poor, thin lips.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I've been a fan and still am.

By harris

from undisclosed

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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)

     
    4.0

    Yes

    By Crowder ll

    from Richmond Ky

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    Comments about Lee Oskar Major Diatonic Harmonica:

    Good sound, great quality

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Harmonica

    By Gary

    from Kingman AZ

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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.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Excellent

        By Smytty

        from Bluff Point N.Y.

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        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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