This Hohner #7539 Hard Bopper Chromatic Harmonica should not be your first harmonic. This harmonica is the one you would use after you have gotten down the basics and then some. This is pro- quality stuff! If there was such a thing as a graduate harmonica then this Hard Bopper is the one.
It has style and elegance just looking at it. It has a nice weight to it too. It has both covers and mouthpiece chromed and the heavy chrome plated reed plates can really make you put some effort into your playing. This can make one question the responsiveness but I still like it.
Most people when starting to learn how to play the harmonica learn to play on what is called a diatonic harmonica. Diatonic harps normally have 10 holes. As you continue to play, you find that the diatonic harps (as harmonica’s are affectionately known) appear to be limited as to having access to all the possible notes.
Don’t get me wrong, a diatonic in the right hands can be screaming. But, you will find that chromatic harps, like the Hohner 7539, gives you a greater flexibility in achieving the sounds you want. This is especially true if your genre is either classical, jazz, pop or even Celtic. The Hohner Hard Bopper really shines with jazz sounds but I suppose if you play blues or rock the thicker reeds plates would help you put out some bluer blues or rock ripping rifts.
One of the most noticeable characteristics on a chromatic harps is the button activated sliding bar which is located on the side. Chromatic harps can have 12, 14, or 16 holes. The Hohner 7539 Hard Bopper Chromatic Harmonica has 12. This gives the player the entire range of scales and three complete octaves.
Surely, chromatic harps have the same capability of the Hohner Hard Bopper, but what distinguishes it from the rest is the quality of the sounds that it produces. I find the tone to be nothing less than sweet! The heavy, chrome plated reed plates coupled with the extra large reed gives this Harp a higher volume and a vigorous sound. You need to pick this one up, for once you do, there will be no other.Published in