Diatonic Harmonicas

Diatonic Harmonica

Nicknamed Mouth organ, Blues Harp, Tin sandwich, Mississippi Saxophone the diatonic harmp is by far the most played and sold harmonica in the world.
Of course, it is also much more affordable than his big brothers the chromatic, the bass, and the orchestral harmonica. At the same time is it much more versatile than the Tremolo or Octave harmonica that can't really take you further than very simple folk melodies.

The diatonic harmonica is a 10 hole harmonica with dual reedplates. The top reed plate produces the blow notes whereas the bottom reedplate creates the draw notes. This way you can naturally play 20 notes by just blowing or drawing through your harmonica. But the diatonic harmonica has something up its sleeve ... By changing the way you inhale or exhale and shaping the airflow you can actually produce up to 18 more notes! In the end, the diatonic harmonica using bends and overbends is a fully fledge chromatic instrument in the hand of a good player! This is especially true of the top of the line models such as the Harmo Custom Shop model with Ultimate setup where each reed is manually optimized to make each bend and overbend much more responsive and easily available than on standard models such as the Hohner Special 20.

The diatonic harmonica is primarily used in Blues where Artists like Sonny boy WilliamsonLittle Walter or Big Walter Horton forged its sound. 
It's also been very popular in Folk music with Bob Dylan, Crosby Still and Nash and Tony Joe White who performed in Woodstock.
Since the 1980s the diatonic harp has also been seen more often in Celtic music, Country Music, Bluegrass and Jazz with some players developing insane bebop chops.

There is obviously a plethora of diatonic harmonica models made by each major manufacturer. Here is a shortlist of the most popular ones, Harmonicaland harmonica superstore carries all the best diatonic harmonica models you can find:

- Hohner diatonic harmonicas: Special 20 - plastic comb brass reeds, Marine Band - Agglomerate wood brass reeds, Golden Melody - plastic comb brass reeds, Rocket - plastic comb brass reeds, Marine band Deluxe - pear wood brass reeds, Crossover - Bamboo comb brass reeds

- Lee Oskar harmonicas: There is only one model for Lee Oskar and it is a plastic comb brass reeds.

- Suzuki diatonic harmonicas: Bluesmaster - plastic comb brass reeds, Promaster - Aluminum comb phosphore bronze reeds, Pure Harp  - rosewood combphosphore bronze reeds, Fabulous - Brass comb phosphore bronze reeds, Manji - composite comb  phosophore bronze reeds

- Seydel harmonicas: Session standard - plastic comb brass reeds, Session Steel - plastic comb stainless steel reeds, 1847 - wood or plastic comb and stainless steel reeds

- Harmo harmonicas: Polar - abs comb phosphore bronze reeds, Torpedo abs comb phosphore bronze reeds with manual optimization for overblows, Harmo Custom Shop harmonica - Walnut, Maple, Aluminum, Brass or plastic comb combined with phosphor bronze reeds and wood, aluminum or brass covers.

  • Sub 30 Suzuki valved harmonica to get more bends

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  • Six promaster harmonicas by Suzuki, different keys in a compact box, (C D F G A Bb)

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  • Machined Phosphor Bronze reed plates (replaceable) Computer-aided laser cut, tuned and bendable reed system Satin anodized, milled, billet aluminum alloy comb Suzuki Promaster Diatonic Harmonica metal comb for a clear, smooth and deep sound. THE harmonica you need to play folk songs.

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  • OLIVE C-20 diatonic harmonica 10 holes Suzuki

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  • 10-hole diatonic Machined phosphore bronze replaceable reeds plates Satin anodized, milled, billet aluminum alloy comb Manji diatonic 10 holes Suzuki harmonica. Loud and clear ! A stunning sound that will delight your audience and cheer up everyone.

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  • ABS plastic comb Laser-tuned brass reeds Hard-shell carrying case A nice plastic comb harmonica by Suzuki for beginners 

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  • Six bluesmasters, different keys, in a compact box easy to carry! Key's included: C, A, D, F, Bb

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  • SOLIST PRO 12 STEEL Seydel

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  • Seydel Blues Session steel harmonica - orange comb, stainless steel reeds

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  • The GECKO harmonica holder comes with a practical magnetic mount, quick-drop functionality and all possible adjustment options - developed for stress-free playing - a must-have for all harmonica loving guitar players.

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  • Seydel Blues Session Standard a good entry level harmonica on a budget

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  • Blues Favorite Seydel harmonica, all metal blues harmonica

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  • Seydel 1847 Silver harmonica

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  • Seydel 1847 CLASSIC hand made diatonic harmonica - Seydel diatonic harmonica

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  • Sampler Seydel harmonica for irish music

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  • One of the kind diatonic harmonica!

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  • Favorite 14 hole Marine Band blues harmonica by Hohner used by Sonny Boy Williamson II. 

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  • Marine Band 364/24 Hohner Harmonica 12 hole blues harmonica

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  • Lee Oskar major harmonica sturdy and great for blues

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  • Thunderbird Hohner low harmonica, Crossover tuned lower

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  • Stainles steel covers with closed sides Recessed brass reed plates mounted with screws Injection molded plastic comb with projecting mouthpiece The Hohner special 20: an instrument that made the legend. One of the very first diatonic harmonicas to use recessed brass reeds plates!

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  • Hohner Sonny Terry special edition harmonica Key of C

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  • The Hohner Rocket Amp is the green version of the famous rocket harmonica. Very powerful. This harmonica has been optimized to give you the best possible sound with some fun on top!

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  • Rocket Hohner harmonica new model - improved Special 20

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  • Hohner Marine Band Deluxe Hohner harmonica, upgraded version of the Marine Band

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  • 10-holes diatonic harmonica Brass reeds plates Stainless steel cover plates The Hohner golden Melody is a progressive harmonica that will help you to develop your own style of playing. 

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  • Bob Dylan's signature model harmonica in a gift box. Made by Hohner. Now discontinued last items available 

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  • wooden comb for fuller tone 10 single holes with 20 reeds 4-inch diatonic blues harmonica The Blues Harp Hohner harmonica has a warm sound that will suit every blues musician, from beginner to experienced. Very easy to play, perfect to produce soft and deep tones.

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  • Harmo Torpedo Diatonic Harmonica - overblow setup - available in all 12 keys. Designed and customized in USA.

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  • Harmo Polar Super Country Tuned harmonica:This harmonica is special tuned to make it easier for beginner and intermediate players to play major melodies in 2nd position. You will be playing a C harmonica in the key of G major. If you know basic patterns on a standard harmonica you can easily reuse most of what you already know without having to learn new...

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  • Harmo Polar Paddy richter harmonica:  This harmonica is special tuned to make it easier for beginner and intermediate players to play major melodies in 1st position. You will be playing a C harmonica in the key of C major. If you know basic patterns on a standard harmonica you can get new sounds and reuse what you already know without having to learn new...

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  • The Harmo Polar natural minor harmonica: is special tuned to make it easier for beginner and intermediate players to play minor songs in minor blues pentatonic, natural minor and dorian mode keys. If you know basic major patterns on the standard harmonica you can use a natural minor tuned harmonica and reuse most of what you already know without having to...

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  • Polar Harmonica by Harmo diatonic harmonica for Blues, Country, Rock, Jazz, Folk.Designed in USA

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  • Harmo Polar Harmonic minor tuned harmonica: The sound of the harmonic minor has a nice flavor to it and is easy to recognize as it’s been used in countless melodies in Classical, Jazz, Gypsy, Oriental, Lounge and Tango music. If you know basic major patterns on a standard harmonica you can easily reuse most of it and get new minor sounds without having to...

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  • Harmo Polar Half-valved harmonica: This harmonica is standard richter tuned and valves are added to make it easier for beginner and intermediate players to get more notes without using overbends. You can bend more notes on a half valved than on a standard harmonica.

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  • Fire Breath harmonica by Suzuki, Suzuki Fire Breath Diatonic Harmonica

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  • Harmonica Harmo Custom Shop White Aluminum key of C Harmonica Assembled in the USA.

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  • Harmonica Harmo Custom Shop Transparent Comb and Matte Aluminum covers key of C Harmonica Assembled in the USA.

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  • Harmonica Harmo Custom Shop Red Aluminum key of C Harmonica Assembled in the USA.

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  • Harmonica Harmo Custom Shop Matte Aluminum key of C Harmonica Assembled in the USA.

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  • Harmonica Harmo Custom Shop Green Aluminum key of C Harmonica Assembled in the USA.

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  • Harmonica Harmo Custom Shop Blue Aluminum key of C Harmonica Assembled in the USA.

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  • Harmonica Harmo Custom Shop Black Aluminum key of C Harmonica Assembled in the USA.

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  • Harmonica Harmo Custom Shop All Walnut wood key of C Harmonica Assembled in the USA.

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  • Harmonica Harmo Custom Shop All Brass key of C Harmonica Assembled in the USA.

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  • Harmonica Blues Session Antique by Seydel, same as the Session standard with antic covers.

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  • 365/28 SBS Marine Band Hohner 14 hole harmonica special tuning

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  • 160 pieces of 1847 harmonicas

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