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Blues Chromatic Tremolo Oktav

Which harmonica is the best one for my sound?


One of the most-asked questions we hear from players at fairs or in our retail stores is ''which harmonica is right for me?" Many prospective customers do not know the differences in the harmonicas offered. This often leads to buying an instrument for its appearance and after a little while the harmonica disappears in the desk drawer. This page will help you to find the perfect harmonica for your style.

I am interested in Blues-, Rock-, Pop- or Folk-music.

Sound examples: small:Blues small:Rock small:Pop small:Jazz small:Folk




Diatonic harmonicas with 10 holes (most common models). On all of the instruments from this series all missing semi-tones can be played by using special techniques (Bending and Overblow). This requires a different way of playing compared to the classical approach of playing the harmonica (Playing in different playing positions).

Therefore the 10-hole models became a central stylistic element of Blues music, that's why it is commonly named "Blues-Harp" or simply "Harp". In contrast to the Chromatic Harmonica these models are tuned in the so called Richter tuning, which allows full chord accompaniment by using tongue-techniques.

The classical Blues-harmonica players swear by the traditional wooden combed models, which on all SEYDEL models, is totally sealed and does not swell at all. Many players prefer plastic combs - or even plastic combs with recessed reedplates (SESSION) which prevent the lips from getting in touch with the metallic reedplates. The aluminum combs of the "Favorite" and the "1847 NOBLE" series are anodized. This prevents them tasting of metal. Aluminum combs are very airtight and produce a very brilliant and clear sound.

Furthermore the harmonicas from the Blues series differ in the material used for the reeds. SEYDEL is the only manufacturer to offer instruments with stainless steel reeds. The harmonica reed is a spring, and stainless steel makes abetter spring than brass, plus provides about 5-times longer life than brass reeds. The >1847 CLASSIC Low and 1847 NOBLE Low  are available in extra-low Richter tunings ranging from LF# down to LLE (double low E) and provide a very sonoric bass sound.

Besides the Richter-tuned instruments from the Blues series we offer the solo-tuned >ORCHESTRA S in the same versatile10-hole shape. The ORCHESTRA S is especially made for melody players but also does a good job in Minor Blues (3rd position)!

If you don't know which key you need for a particular piece of music, please click >here.

Blues models


I'm interested in Classical music, Jazz or Folk, etc. and I want to play melodies in all keys (with limited chord accompaniment)

Sound examples: small:Klassik small:Jazz small:Folk small:Blues



Chromatic harmonicas have a slider that is used to open additional holes containing the missing notes of a diatonic instrument; if you press the slider button the instruments sounds one semi-tone higher in pitch (C is raised to C#, etc.). Therefore it is possible to play chromatically. With a lot of exercise you can manage to play in any key on these instruments.

That's why the Chromatic harmonica can be used in any musical style, ranging from Classical to Pop and Jazz. As the result of its note-arrangement (Solo-Tuning) it is possible to play a chord accompaniment using the tongue-block technique - in contrast to the Richter tuned instruments the draw chord is not the Dominant Seventh chord, but the Minor6 chord. That's why the chromatic models can be termed as playable with limited chord accompaniment.

The offered models on the one hand differ from the material the comb is made of (Plastic, Acrylic glass or coated aluminum) but also from the material we use for making the reeds. All models from the DE LUX series with brass reeds are suited for beginners and advanced players. The DE LUXE STEEL has durable steel reeds and is available in many different keys besides standard C. Due to the stainless steel reeds we include in the instruments of the SAXONY-series these instruments have an extraordinary good tone response and only very little air-consumption.

If you play your Chromatics mostly in C and do not use the slider very often, the >SAMPLER might be the right instrument for you. The design is the same like our DE LUXE STEEL model, but it comes in two different keys (similar to the double-tremolos!) that can be accessed by using the slider - e.g. the keys of C and G.

SEYDEL is the only harmonica maker who offer instruments with stainless steel reeds, which offer a loud and controllable tone and an up to 5-fold longer lifetime compared to brass reeds.

Chromatic models


I'm interested in traditional tunes, folksongs or Irish Folk and want to play with self-accompaniment and the typical beating Tremolo sound

Sound examples : small:Shanty small:Folksy small:Irish



1847 NOBLE 1847 L.E: BIG SIX SESSION STEEL FAVORITE SESSION SOLIST PRO The FANFARE-S (Stainless Steel reeds, Solo-tuning) is built similar to a chromatic harmonica, but without the slider. The air-consumption is optimized to a minimum. The SAILOR STEEL (as well with Stainless Steel reeds, Richter-tuning) has two rows of holes at the mouthpiece. Four holes in a square represent a draw and a blow note. The Richter tuning in particular is well suited to play melody plus self-accompaniment at once by using the tongue-block technique.

The SKYDIVER STEEL TREMOLO offers a subtle and sweet tremolo sound and is tuned in Solo-like tuning, especially well known in Asia.

The three models provide the popular tremolo-sound:

The Tremolo-principle:

Due to two reeds tuned slightly different from each other and working at once the typical beating sound of a Tremolo harmonica is produced (Wiener tuning - which reminds on of a Styrian accordion).

Tremolo models


I am interested in Folk music, "simple" songs, Cajun music or Irish folk with or without playing self-accompaniment and full sounding ocatve-sound

Sound example: small:Cajun small:Folksy small:Irish




In Octave-harmonicas (also called Knittlinger-tuned harmonicas) two reeds work at once if you blow or draw a note. These are tuned to produce octaves thus producing a very full sound. Both of our Octav models have ergonomically rounded combs made of maintainable plastic and rounded covers made of stainless steel.

The CONCERTO is tuned like the harmonicas from the Blues series (Richter tuning) and therefore can be played with chord accompaniment (tongue block style). The CONCERTO can be played with little effort because of the built in valves and can be played with little air-consumption. The Concerto is available in many different keys. The CLUB is tune in solo-tuning and suited for all kinds of melodies.



The Octave-prinziple:

On Octave harmonicas two reeds sound at once if you play a single note and those reeds are tuned to perfect octaves so you get a full and rich sound that is loud enough to stand out in a crowd of singers.

Octav models

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Download the current catalgue for printout!

Catalogue pdf

I want to learn playing Blues harmonica:

> SEYDEL Sound Check Vol 1 Blues Beginner Pack


I'm looking for pieces to play along with:

> SEYDEL Sound Check Vol. 2 Blues Playback Pack


I'd like to buy a Blues harmonica, but I'm not sure about the key I need:

> You will find help here


I like to get even more information about harmonicas and playing-techniques:

> Worth knowing info are available here

SEYDEL Service Manual (pdf)


Answers to ten of the most frequently asked questions (pdf-Download)

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