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Melody Makers are the best harps available for playing single-note melodies. They're great for playing country, pop, R&B, jazz, folk, & standards. This tuning makes it easier to play many songs...that... Read More

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Melody Makers are the best harps available for playing single-note melodies. They're great for playing country, pop, R&B, jazz, folk, & standards. This tuning makes it easier to play many songs...that can be difficult, or impossible, to play on a standard major diatonic...in cross harp. All of the notes that are missing on the major diatonic are right there on the Melody Maker! It provides a complete major scale in cross harp for playing exact melody without bending. Yet, the draw notes can still be bent for that bluesy feeling! Melody Makers are designed to be played in cross harp (draw), not straight harp (blow). In cross harp, melodies can be played with an expressive, fluid style that is extremely difficult to achieve in straight harp.

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
  • Smooth plastic mouthpiece is easy on your lips
  • All key components are replaceable
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Lee OskarMelody Maker Harmonica
 
4.0

(based on 5 reviews)

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Pros

  • Easy to play (3)
  • Quality craftsmanship (3)
  • Warm tone (3)

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4.0

Yes, I would like to get a G key Melody Maker next

By JH

from Galveston

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Pros

  • Easy To Play
  • Quality Craftsmanship
  • Warm Tone

Cons

  • Reeds are weak in higher register???

Best Uses

  • Accompaniment

Comments about Lee Oskar Melody Maker Harmonica:

The harmonica concept is great for playing consistent melody lines; as opposed to using a diatonic which omit some important notes for melody lines.

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4.0

Great Harp

By RealCork

from Valdosta, GA

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Pros

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

Cons

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      Comments about Lee Oskar Melody Maker Harmonica:

      Full rich tonal quality throughout the range. This is a great value for the money.

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      5.0

      nice sound

      By Harper

      from Evergreen, CO

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Accompaniment

        Comments about Lee Oskar Melody Maker Harmonica:

        Jaming with the band the key was in tune and flowed true

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        3.0

        Good, good but....

        By rogelio

        from S.Fernando, CA.

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        Comments about Lee Oskar Melody Maker Harmonica:

        Lee Oskars are better harmonicas than hohner I own except for Special20. Yes , with the melody maker you have more notes in the scale but is not that easy to find melodies, harmonica plays beautiful. this coming from a novel harmonica player.

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        4.0

        wierdass harmonika... think i'm gonna like it ~

        By Jay

        from whitewater colorawdough

        Comments about Lee Oskar Melody Maker Harmonica:

        A few years back I "accidentally" purchased a NATURAL (as compared to harmonic) minor harmonica, also a Lee Oskar. It took a while before I could play anything on it, but I picked it up and tootled a few times a month. then one day: I could play the intro to Rhapsody in BLUE! and some other parts of it! my wife plays Cajun Moon and sings at shows, and on a whim I accompanied her on this A Nat minor. since then I've learned other songs ... so what does this have to do with the Melody Maker? a bunch, I hope! I've 'tootled' on it and it's only been a bit more than a week, it sounds good -- but sounds like the "Sound of Music" kids singing do ray me whatever double-whatever la tee ubur-whatever for the main key. it ain't Major, not any minor I know of, I suspect music theory people would right away say "YOU IDIOT! It's the key of C- (something or other)" anyhow, i'll keep practicing, and I suspect someday (hopefully soon, before I die, i'm sort of old) another revelation like Rhapsody in bleu will just pop out on it's own accord, or acchord, or whatever

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