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Lee Oskar Major Diatonic Harmonica F#

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


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Lee OskarMajor Diatonic Harmonica
 
4.8

(based on 25 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to play (6)
  • Quality craftsmanship (6)
  • Warm tone (5)
  • Consistent (4)
  • Good audio (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Accompaniment (4)
  • Small venues (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (3)

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5.0

It is awesome!

By JS

from Antioch, Ca

Verified Buyer

Comments about Lee Oskar Major Diatonic Harmonica:

Sounds great

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I've been a fan and still am.

By dr laugh

from Midwest USA

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

    (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

        Last a long time

        By ADELFIO

        from undisclosed

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about Major Diatonic Harmonica:

        Lee Oskar great harps great sounds

         
        4.0

        Great product

        By Morris

        from undisclosed

        Verified Buyer

        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 .

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Major Diatonic Harmonica - i would buy this again.

          By Pete

          from Bensalem, pa.

          About Me Novice

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Play
          • Quality Craftsmanship
          • Warm Tone

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Accompaniment

            Comments about Lee Oskar Major Diatonic Harmonica:

            Great Product- Major Diatonic Harmonica

            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Plays great

            By Fat Pat

            from Belleville Mi.

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Blow's Out Barley Abused
            • Flat Sound

            Best Uses

            • Accompaniment
            • Small Venues
            • Soundtracks

            Comments about Lee Oskar Major Diatonic Harmonica:

            The Lee Oscar harmonicas to me are the best bang for the buck, I can count on this harmonica when the pressure is on.I'm glad they still make the half steps as well,I use those regularly ...Because of the venues I play sometime I have to play hard to hear the harmonica causing them to blow out.. Operator error! I wish they didn't blow out as often as they do.
            As far as the store is concerned When inquiring about the availability of the half steps and sometimes straight keys I was told this isn't the harmonica center. I realize that was an individuals response but I wish the store would see the harmonica section is fully stocked...But you know what the say ...wish in one hand.......

             
            5.0

            Great harp for a good price

            By Steve

            from Machias, ME

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Changing Reed Plates A
            • Consistent
            • Easy To Play
            • Less Effort To Play
            • Quality Craftsmanship
            • Quicker Response On The G

            Cons

            • None Yet

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Lee Oskar Major Diatonic Harmonica:

            The G responds much faster than the Hohner I used to play. Less effort to play notes on both the blow and draw.

            (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Good, very good.

            By rogelio

            from San Fernando, CA.

            Site Member

            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.

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