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Lee Oskar 1910 Major Diatonic includes Free USA Shipping


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4.7 average, based on 3 reviews

Manufacturer: Lee Oskar

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Keys: LC, LF, LF#, LE, LD, G, Ab, A, Bb, B, C, Db, D, Eb, E, F, F#, High G  The brand new keys of  LD, LE, LF# AND LC are IN STOCK!    Reed Plates in LF#, LD, LC and LE will be available near the end of 2019. 
Model: 1910 – Labeled in 1st Position – Orange Label
The Major Diatonic is the standard Blues tuning and may be played in the 1st & 2nd Positions (Straight Harp & Cross Harp).
The Major Diatonic Harmonica was originally intended for playing simple Folk music of the nineteenth century and its notation layout was adequate for that purpose. The Major Diatonic harmonica is the most commonly used tuning for playing Blues, Rock, Country Folk & Jazz.
Several other manufacturers, using various names stamped on their cover plates, for marketing purposes, have the exact same notation layout as a Lee Oskar Major Diatonic harmonica.
The original style of playing, known as 1st Position (Straight Harp), is suitable for playing simple melodies, Folk music and various other types of music that call for melody lines, along with some chords. 1stPosition (Straight Harp), is still used by many players today, but due to its simplicity of sound, it is not as popular as 2nd Position (Cross Harp).
The evolution of music introduced Blues, Rock and Country and along with these new forms of music came the need for greater expression. Harmonica players began to experiment and found that when they primarily used the inhale (draw) notes, a different kind of sound was provided. This resulted in a new and more fluid style of playing, known as 2nd Position (Cross Harp). 90% of today’s players use 2nd Position for Blues, Rock, Country & Pop music.
2nd Position (Cross Harp), is a Blues scale that offers a more expressive and soulful sound. Many of the draw reeds can be bent (a technique used to change the pitch of a note).

Product Code: 1910

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Customer Reviews

Average Rating: 4.7

Low Down and Blue

This is a review of the Low Key LO's. I was using the low key'd Manji's, which are great harps. I needed a Low D and thought I'd give the Oskar a go. I've played the 1910 for years and was always pleased with the sound, quality and price. I placed my order late friday and received it the following Monday. (Thank you, ROckinRon!) The LO Low D is impressive. Very responsive and easy to play. Those that have played LOs know about the workmanship of the instrument and the Low Keys are no different. It was easier to bend and hold the bend than the Manji. There's wasn't any reed rattle either from the longer reeds, at least with the Low D. I highly recommend the LO Low Keys.

Steven McPeak :: 04 Nov 2019, 10:23

Pleasantly surprised.

I've tended to write off LO harps because of the low price. I needed a lowF harp for a piece on the David Barrett site so I ordered the LO low F. Ron got it to me in 24 hours-not sure how he does it. Well I was very pleasantly surprised by the harp. I was all ready to start taking it apart and gapping etc, but it played great right out of the box across the whole harp plus all draw bends. I may have to start considering LO more seriously now Dan

Daniel Pertschuk :: 14 Mar 2017, 17:49

Workhorse harps for all players

I was cruising around the site here and was surprised to see that no one had written a review for the venerable Lee Oskar harmonicas! So here's my take: I have a couple in standard Richter tuning, plus one of Oskar's Harmonic Minors in A (a gift from my wife, who somehow managed to connive with Rockin' Ron to keep it a secret until she'd gotten it and gift-wrapped it). I'm holding off a star, i.e., just giving the harmonica four stars, but for just a couple of comparative reasons. E.g., the tone isn't quite what Hohner has done with the Crossover (at a bit higher price, of course); unlike Seydel and Hohner, Oskar doesn't do any low tunings other than low F; the "Melody Maker" comes in only limited keys that don't include my most commonly used ones, Eb and Bb, so that instead of Oskars I have the Seydel "Melodic Maker" in those keys; and durability isn't what you get with Seydel's stainless steel reed models (again at a higher price, of course). That said, what Lee Oskar arranged with Japanese maker Tombo during an era when Hohner's quality control wasn't quite up to what folks like Steve Baker and Joe Filisko have now helped Hohner get back to, remains a dependable substitute, and a product that Oskar himself still monitors closely. The Lee Oskar 1910 works in any pro's gig bag as well as in any beginner's collection. (A perfect good-quality playable starter instrument.) Quality is consistent, tone and volume across the reeds is consistent on each harp, playing comfort is really good, and the Lee Oskar is a really good value, priced in the same range as the Hohner Special 20 or Seydel Blues Session. Plus it's easily player-serviceable, with replacement reed plates available in all keys. And one last thing: While I'd hope anyone buying a Lee Oskar orders it from Rockin' Ron, except for the keys and tuning all Lee Oskars are exactly the same, which means that authorized dealers don't need to invest a ton of money to have good stock on hand. So if you're on the road and need a diatonic harp in a standard blues key within, say, the next 45 minutes, you can pick one up at most big-box musical instrument stores. The Lee Oskar is like the Ford 150 pickup truck of harmonicas. Gets the job done without being flashy. If you've always stuck with another brand, pick up a Lee Oskar 1910 in a key or special tuning you don't already have in your harmonica case. You definitely won't regret it.

Rob Sawyer :: 04 Aug 2015, 21:11

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