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Top 10 Best Harmonica On The Market 2019 Reviews

The harmonica is probably one of the easiest instruments to pick up when learning an instrument. So, naturally, lots of people want to try to learn to play in order to join the fun. Consequently, the internet is now rife with loads of deals and information on buying a harmonica.

Like we said, the harmonica is really easy to learn. In fact, with just ten minutes daily, you’ll be able to build a decent harmony-playing skill in no time. So, it’s not surprising that beginner harmonicas are commonplace. But then again, this also presents the problem of choice.

But we’ve got you covered. In our today’s article, we’re going to be looking through ten of the best harmonicas in the market at this time. From the diatonic harmonicas, to the chromatic ones, we’ve covered only the best ones. Check them out!

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Top 10 Best Harmonica For The Money In 2019 Reviews

NameTypeKeyMaterialColorWeightHoles
Type
Diatonic
Key
C
Material
Machined phosphor bronze reeds
Color
Polished stainless steel
Weight
4 ounces
Holes
10
Type
Diatonic
Key
C
Material
Phosphor bronze reeds
Color
Black
Weight
4.8 ounces
Holes
10
Type
Diatonic
Key
G, A, C, D, E
Material
Single lacquered pear wood comb, arched stainless steel covers with side vents
Color
Stainless steel
Weight
1 pound
Holes
10
Type
Tremolo
Key
C
Material
Not specified
Color
Stainless steel
Weight
5.6 ounces
Holes
12
Type
Double Tremolo
Key
C
Material
Food grade resin ABS engineering
Color
Yellow brass
Weight
4.8 ounces
Holes
24
Type
Diatonic
Key
C
Material
Smooth plastic comb, stainless steel cover, replaceable plated brass reed
Color
Not specified
Weight
4 ounces
Holes
10
Type
Chromatic
Key
C
Material
Metal body and metal reeds
Color
Shiny chrome
Weight
10.1 ounces
Holes
10
Type
Double Tremolo
Key
C
Material
Phosphor bronze reeds
Color
Blue
Weight
0.32 ounces
Holes
10
Type
Diatonic
Key
C
Material
Phosphor bronze alloy sound spring
Color
Black
Weight
10.4 ounces
Holes
24
Type
Diatonic
Key
C
Material
Precision-made plastic comb, chrome steel cover
Color
Silver
Weight
1.92 ounces
Holes
10

1 Suzuki Promaster Harmonica

The Suzuki Promaster Harmonica is an excellent, decently-priced harmonica which we love especially for its beautiful sound. It comes in with an obvious high level of construction, and this makes the Suzuki Promaster one of the most sought after mouth harps in the industry.

Although this is used by the pros, this can actually also be used by beginners. Since it’s a diatonic harmonica with just 10 holes, it is very easy for beginners to learn on. It’s highly playable, so, if you’re just starting out on the harmonica, the Suzuki Promaster is a great place to start.

It’s beautiful because you get to practice with ease but then you don’t sound like a beginner on a budget. The sound quality here is pretty impressive.

The parts of this harmonica are also high quality. Check them out. There are the machined phosphor bronze reed plates which are replaceable.

Now it’s important to mention here that the makers laser-cut these reeds with the help of a computer. So, in turn, the reed system is well tuned and also very bendable too.

Then there’s the satin anodized, billet aluminum alloy comb which holds the harmonica nicely together.

We love the ergonomic design of this harmonica which makes playing the instrument a lot easier. It also makes the instrument more convenient to hold. And with the smoothness of the stainless steel finish, your fingers are going to feel very comfy while you play.

Like we mentioned, the components of this harmonica are topnotch which, of course, impacts on the tone of the instrument. This harmonica produces rich, clear tones which professionals enjoy.

As an accessory, there’s a bag here to help you transport and protect your instrument. Pretty lovely instrument.

Suzuki Promaster Harmonica
Our rating:4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)

Pros
  • Rich, clear tones.
  • Excellent sound quality.
  • Excellent construction and high quality components.
  • Decently priced.
Cons
  • A few holes might come slightly out of tune.

2  Suzuki HA-20-C Harmonica

Next, we check out another compact and portable Suzuki harmonica. This time, we’re reviewing the Suzuki HA-20-C Harmonica. It produces exceptional sound that even the pros would fall for. Plus, its tone is also fantastic which makes this harmonica really impressive in its sound quality.

This is a diatonic harmonica of a professional grade. Its tone comes out quite mellow and deep which is great. You’ll enjoy its unique richness and clarity. It’s also really smooth which makes it enjoyable to listen to as well.

For those times you’d rather play a bit more quietly, this harmonica affords you the chance to do so. And even at those reduced volumes, your harmonica is still going to retain an excellent tonal quality.

Now, since we’re on volume, it might interest you to know that this boasts an aluminum comb. So, it can get pretty loud!

The Suzuki HA-20-C Harmonica is an instrument with a control and precision that’s unmatched. You’ll find that however you play this instrument, all your notes come out clear and remain in pitch.

So, whether you’re doing some riffs and runs, or you’re just playing simple chords, or single-note melodies, you can count on the HA-20-C. Your sound and tone are always going to come out clean and well-defined.

Furthermore, the Suzuki HA-20-C makes an excellent harmonica choice for playing blues. Thanks to the warmth of the tone and the quality of the bend, blues players would find this incredibly lovely to play with.

Moreover, the reeds boast an excellent quality construction. So, they will last you, and, of course, help you achieve your best sound. No air leaks here at all, and the carrying case you get is also quite durable too.

Suzuki HA-20-C Harmonica
Our rating:4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)

Pros
  • Solid construction.
  • Durable carrying case included.
  • With an aluminum comb, this harmonica brings a high level of dynamics and playability.
  • Brilliantly remains in tune.
  • Reeds are easily replaceable and also quite durable.
  • Quite decently priced.
Cons
  • Takes a bit of time to completely break this in.

3 Hohner Marine Band Special 5-Piece Harmonica Pro Pack

When it comes to wind instruments, Hohner is a trusted and respected brand. The brand’s harmonicas are highly sought after by many harmonica enthusiasts. And this particular set – its Hohner Marine Band – is probably one of its most loved models.

It’s a set that contains all kinds of harmonicas that have proved useful for all kinds of settings and situations. Everyone will definitely find a harmonica for them here from the beginner to the intermediate player.

Also, if you’d love to have a number of harmonicas on hand for the spice of variety, then here is a great choice. As part of the package here you get a neoprene carrying case with which to conveniently carry your harmonicas. The bag is quite spacious and will work for any regular sized harmonica at all.

The key assortment here is quite varied. All the keys here are pretty useful and you’ll be sure to find a key for every setting you find yourself in. For those who love folk or rock, especially, this pro pack will really serve.

Besides all these, we found the tonal consistency of the harmonicas quite interesting. If you love to switch frequently while performing, then you’d be very happy with this set. Constant readjustment wouldn’t be necessary and you can enjoy a more fluid performance.

For those who at the hobbyist level of the harmonica, this might be a little too expensive. However, if you belong to a band or belong to a group you play with, this works well. You’ll be able to play a wider assortment of songs.

We really like this pack. It’s excellent in construction, so you can be sure this will last. You’d definitely enjoy playing this a great deal.

Hohner Marine Band Special 5-Piece Harmonica Pro Pack
Our rating:4.2 out of 5 stars (4.2 / 5)

Pros
  • Solid and durable construction.
  • Carrying case included is quite sturdy and high quality.
  • With its aluminum comb, this comes with a high playability and wide dynamic range.
  • Remains in tune for long periods.
  • The reeds are easy to replace and are also quite durable.
Cons
  • A little pricier than other harmonica sets.
  • With time, the exterior of this harmonica will eventually begin to tarnish.

4 Suzuki Humming Tremolo 21-C Harmonica

Next, check out the Suzuki Humming Tremolo 21-C Harmonica. Like the name suggests, this is a tremolo harmonica. So, if you’re looking to play melodies with a bit of a bass feel, you might love the Suzuki 21-C.

This is one good looking harmonica with a solid construction. The harmonica is finished in stainless steel which gives the instrument its shiny and attractive in looks. And then the Suzuki inscribes the model’s name onto the body which adds to the good looks of this harmonica.

Besides its good looks though, this is a pretty solid instrument. It will definitely last extended periods of use. It feels smooth to the fingers when you hold this to play. Plus, thanks to its ergonomic design, this is really playable and convenient as well.

Like a typical tremolo harmonica, this comes with double reeds with one reed tuned slightly higher than the other in the pair. This is perfect for helping the player achieve enjoyable harmonies on this harmonica.

The sound quality and tonal quality of this instrument are also on point.

As usual, Suzuki does an exceptional work on this instrument. The component parts of this harmonica are of excellent quality. This increases the durability of the harmonica. Plus, it also impacts on the sound of the harmonica as well.

For players in the gospel and old world genre, this harmonica will more than serve. Its sound is full and rich and it creates those beautiful tremolo and vibrato effects that blend perfectly with both music genres, even country music as well.

Lastly, this is a little pricey. So, it might not be within easy reach for most. But then again, this harmonica performs excellently. So, we still highly recommend.

Suzuki Humming Tremolo 21-C Harmonica
Our rating:4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)

Pros
  • Solid construction.
  • Tremolo harmonica usable for country, gospel, and old world music.
  • Great tone and sound quality.
Cons
  • Slight problems with tuning.
  • A bit pricey.

5 Boseno 24 Hole Double Tremolo Harmonica

This time, we take a look at a double tremolo from Boseno. It’s called the Boseno Double Tremolo Harmonica. This boasts a decent sound and it also looks to be solidly made. So, you can be sure that this will last.

It comes with high quality parts made from high quality materials (phosphor bronze). These materials make the harmonica sound really good.

Plus, because they come corrosion resistant, you can be sure that this harmonica will remain durable and consistent. However long you use this, it will remain in shape.

It’s also pretty air tight too thanks to its super stable structure. This ensures that your sound and tone always come out sounding even and lovely.

The construction of this harmonica is a little different from what we’ve seen so far. This comes with a food grade ABS material. This is what makes the comb water-proof. It boosts performance and also adds to the durability of the instrument.

If you’re worried, you don’t need to be. This ABS material is food-grade which is non-toxic and therefore, safe for you.

Now, this harmonica is great for both professionals and beginners. It sounds beautiful but it is still really playable even for beginners. It comes with a plywood structure, so, it’s really easy to handle. And the harmonica will also suit different kinds of playing styles.

To also enhance playability, this comes with note flags. Beginners especially will appreciate this feature as it will make it easy for you to learn playing the harmonica.

Probably the best part of this is that it comes at an affordable price. But even better, it also comes with several accessories such as a cleaning cloth to keep your harmonica in mint condition. Plus, you also get a bag to carry your harmonica with.

Boseno 24 Hole Double Tremolo Harmonica
Our rating:4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)

Pros
  • Excellent, durable, air-tight construction.
  • Food-grade ABS material that’s waterproof and safe for you.
  • Note flags to help the beginner.
  • Great sound.
  • Comes with a cleaning cloth and harmonica bag.
Cons
  • Sound quality and tuning could be a bit better.

6 Lee Oskar Harmonica

For beginners, the Lee Oskar Harmonica is probably one of the most highly recommended. It comes with exceptional construction quality. So, you’ll find this very easy to learn with without stressing too much.

Another reason this makes a suitable beginner harmonica for us is its price. It is decently priced which makes this affordable for the average beginner.

But don’t be confused by the tag “beginner harmonica”, this performs like a beast. Its sound is well beyond average. So, it will easily work for professional players thanks to its unique and consistent tonal quality.

Country and rock players are especially going to love the Lee Oskar. Its sound is pretty bright and clear which is suited to the genres. And thanks to the cover of the harmonica, the instrument has enough room to produce substantial echo. This improves projection which is great if you’re playing in a group.

The makers of this harmonica make the reeds with only a little space. And because these reeds sit in lower beds, there is a much reduced chance of air leakage. Moreover, it also makes it much easier to bend the harmonica as well. So, you can also play those sweet blues you love.

Part of its most outstanding features is that you can easily replace the reeds once they are worn out. And they don’t cost so much too. Plus, it’s easy to change them out when the time comes since Lee Oskar only attached the reeds to the cover with three screws.

All in all, the Lee Oskar Harmonica is easily one of the best beginner harmonicas in the market right now.

Lee Oskar Harmonica
Our rating:4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)

Pros
  • This comes with a really lovely tone.
  • Solid projection.
  • Reed plates are replaceable which ensures the longevity of the instrument.
  • Easy to play.
  • Thanks to the precision-molding, the air leakage here is much reduced here.
  • High playability.
Cons
  • Easily goes out of tune.
  • The plastic comb does not give your tone the warmth that a wooden comb brings.

7 Swan Harmonica Mouth Organ

The Swan Harmonica Mouth Organ is simply a great bang for your buck. Swan uses simple materials and techniques to manufacture this. So, in the end, this turns out to be a really simple yet high quality harmonica. It’s also really comfortable to play with even for the novice.

The surface polishing of this harmonica is also well done. You can see that in the smoothness of the surface. It’s smooth in looks and on the fingers as well. The cleaning cloth will also help you ensure that this harmonica remains in mint condition for as long as you use it.

The sound quality of the Swan Harmonica is quite exceptional. Its construction is elegant yet basic which helps to boost the tones of the instrument. Plus, being a chromatic harmonica, this gives a really clear sound that everyone enjoys.

True, it’s a little more difficult than the diatonic mouth harp to learn. However, it is more versatile and if you devote your time to learning, you’ll find that it is worth it. Being a versatile instrument, you’ll be able to use this to play different genres of music from rock, to folk, to jazz.

Also, for a chromatic in this price range, this gives a fantastic response so it’s not so difficult to maneuver. We definitely love and recommend this chromatic harmonica from Swan. Of course, it comes with its few drawbacks. But they aren’t major enough to be deal breakers for us.

Swan Harmonica Mouth Organ
Our rating:4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)

Pros
  • Excellent price – a great bang for your bucks!
  • Sound is rich.
  • Smooth, solid finish that’s comfortable to the fingers.
Cons
  • Some models come with bad reeds.
  • Volume could be louder.

8 Boseno 10 Hole Double Tremolo Harmonica

The Boseno 10 Hole Double Tremolo Harmonica is practically the same harmonica as the Boseno 24 Hole Double Tremolo Harmonica. The only major difference is that the one comes with 10 holes while the other comes with 24 holes. Well, the finish is different too. this comes in a blue color.

Boseno once again brings an excellent construction to this harmonica. The phosphor bronze reed is quite high quality. It gives this harmonica a beautiful sound. Plus, it’s also quite solid in construction which makes the harmonica quite durable.

Also, this harmonica comes with a copper plate. This makes the sound of this harmonica pretty clear and melodious as well. We also love the bright tones that this comes with. It suits a whole range of music genres especially country and gospel.

Affordably priced, this harmonica is within the easy reach of everyone including beginners. Plus, it also comes with a number of accessories that make this a fantastic value purchase.

If you need a tremolo that’s easy to play and boasts fantastic construction and sound quality, then check out the Boseno 10 Hole Double Tremolo Harmonica. You’ll definitely enjoy playing this. And you’ll surely enjoy its tone and sound quality as well.

Boseno 10 Hole Double Tremolo Harmonica
Our rating:4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)

Pros
  • Decently priced.
  • Great for beginners and professionals.
  • High playability.
  • Comes with a number of accessories.
  • Great, rich tone and sound quality.
Cons
  • A few holes might come out of tune after a while.

9 Jinwode Harmonica

This is one of the most affordable harmonicas on our review. And from our research, the Jinwode Harmonica is a harmonica worth considering, especially for the beginner. It is a double tremolo harmonica with a beautiful sound, quality construction, and high quality components.

With its phosphor bronze alloy sound spring, you can rest assured that this harmonica will produce beautiful tones at all times. Plus, it comes corrosion resistant. So, this is something that won’t age easily.

This is a great harmonica for the beginner because it is so affordable. Plus, it also comes highly playable so that you can learn and practice with ease. Still sound and tonal quality are excellent. This way, you don’t just practice, but you enjoy what you do.

Like we mentioned, the component parts of this harmonica are top quality. We’ve already mentioned the phosphor bronze alloy sound spring. There’s also the stainless steel cover plate. Plus the comb that comes in food grade resin ABS.

Besides boosting performance, this also ensures durability as well. And then the black color adds to the interesting look of the harmonica making it an eye-catching product.

Lastly, buying this harmonica gets you a good case as well as a wiping cloth.

Jinwode Harmonica
Our rating:4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

Pros
  • Affordably priced.
  • Solid, durable construction.
  • Sound and tonal quality are great.
  • Comes with a case and wiping cloth.
Cons
  • Volume could be louder.

10 Anwenk Harmonica

Lastly, check out the Anwenk Harmonica. This is a super affordable harmonica specially made for the kids. So, do you have a child that’s beginning to show some interest in the harmonica? Then gifting them this will definitely impress them.

It’s a diatonic harmonica so it’s easy to learn to play on this. Your kids won’t find this difficult at all. It comes in a nice size and weight. So, it is properly sized and weighted which makes this harmonica usable by children.

We love the quality of construction Anwenk put into the making of this harmonica too. The cover is smooth, so your kid’s fingers will feel comfy on this. Plus, the construction of the comb and cover ensures that there is minimal moisture build up.

Does a crisp, clear tone matter to you? Then check out the Anwenk Harmonica. The copper reed plates coupled with stainless steel cover reduces air leakage. So, the tone this harmonica gives us is really rich. Plus, immediately you play this, you can tell that the makers did a good job tuning the instrument.

For this price, the Anwenk Harmonica is a more than just decent. It’s a fantastic instrument worth considering.

Anwenk Harmonica
Our rating:4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)

Pros
  • A great harmonica for kids.
  • Super affordable.
  • Rich tone and sound.
Cons
  • This is a very basic harmonica, nothing out of the ordinary.

Conclusion

Our best harmonica on today’s review is the Suzuki HA-20-C Harmonica. We love this harmonica for so many reasons. The reeds are replaceable. The dynamic range and playability are also quite impressive. As for sound and construction, Suzuki blew our minds. All in all, this is a pretty amazing harmonica!

Top 10 Best Harmonica On The Market 2019 Reviews
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