From: Barry Schaede <;barr~onvx1.ccit.arizona.edu>;
Date: Mon, 20 Nov 1995 14:18:24 -0700 (MST)
Subject: Re: Metal bodied harps

I have a Meisterklasse a Suzuki and several Filisko's and by far the best
ones of the lot are the Filisko's. Oh you say no fair they were all
professionally set up by Joe. Wrong one of the harps I bought just the
body from Joe and then mounted stock Marine Band plates to it and I like
that one just as well as the other Filisko's. The Suzuki's taste
metallic and seem to have some kind of an electrical feel to them.
They're strident beyond belief and the reeds don't last. Many overtones
and buzzy harmonics. They're also tough to work on due to the lack of a
positive mounting system for the plates. I dread getting the covers back
on. The Meisterklasse are too small for me. I also flat them too
quickly. I think it's the reed material. The tone is nice albeit a
little dull. Less bright than the Suzukis and more mellowed. They're
also not so easy to deal with assembling. The Filisko's are a dream to
assemble. They jump together and don't use arcane fasteners like
Pozidrive that Hohner uses. FWIW I gig with Lee Oskars and they work
every night all night long. On a middle register key that I use a lot I
get more than a year out of the plates. I date them so I'm sure of this.
When I play amplified I tend to overplay and play the harmonica loudly
and Lee Oskars are the only harps that withstand the abuse. fjm


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