From lowest to highest notes

 

Listen to the enormous tonal range of our 1847 models - available in 31 different keys ranging from LLE to HBb:




small:1847 NOBLE Low LLE

This is the lowest sounding

Blues harmonica worldwide!

small:1847 NOBLE Regular Bb

These are the first Blues harmonicas

with stainless steel - introduced in 2007

small:1847 NOBLE High HBb

This is the highest sounding

Blues harmonica worldwide!



...and this is how they sound together:  small:Charlie Slavik & Bertram Becher

 

The player has to adopt his playing to the different pitches of the instrument - but how can this be achieved?

 

Blowing in the right way

Avoid playing with high air pressure. The proper way to play is to think about playing like breathing. Learn to feel the reed being actuated by your breath. Play deeply from your diaphragm. You will improve your tone, will be able to play longer, and will extend the life of the reeds by playing gently but with deeper breaths.

 

Proper Embouchure

Producing high volumes and good sounding notes is not a matter of high playing pressures but a result of playing with the right embouchure.

Good tone and clear, clean notes do not come by playing forcefully, but by playing with proper embouchure.

Try different mouth-cavity shapes if you want to play notes in different pitches - low notes require a longer air-column than higher notes - so if you find the right "room" for a particular note you will find out that you can make it "sing" without raising the playing pressure too much.

If you play with proper embouchure and understand that your mouth cavity is a part of the instrument, you will discover how to make the harmonica sing without excessive air pressure.

 

Left: Mouth cavity for playing low notes (like the vowal "U"), middle: mouth cavity for medium pitched notes (like the vowel "AE"), right: mouth cavity shape for playing high notes (like the vowel "E")

 

Your embouchure, the shape of the mouth cavity in combination with the position of the lips, tongue, and teeth, affects the tone of the instrument. You and your harmonica form a “functional unity.”

 

How to play Low and double Low keys (LLE up to LF#)?

To get the desired sound out of the low-tuned models the notes need more space. The resonance chamber, increased by the 20% thicker comb (sealed walnut or black anodized aluminium) and the higher coverplates of the 1847 Low models, help to produce a fatter and louder sound. Special Valves ensure very good airtightness even in the extrem low range.

How to play the medium keys? (G to F#)

The regular 1847 models come with the approved medium thick standard comb. They sound best if played with a natural embouchure. For sure the mouth cavity has to be adopted properly to the pitches of the played notes to make them sound perfectly well.

How to play the High key models? (HG up to HBb)?

To get the desired sound out of the high-tuned models the notes need less space. The resonance chamber, decreased by the 20% thinner comb (fully sealed maple wood) of the 1847 High models, helps the player to form a smaller mouth cavity (like vocalizing an "e") thus producing the rich and penetrating sound with a very fast tonal response.

 

Please note: Special playing techniques like bending or overblowing commonly used in standard keys must be adopted to the lower and higher sounding instruments and might not work like usual in the beginning!

 


 

1847 NOBLE Low, Standard and High with black anodized aluminium combs in three different thicknesses:

>available in the SEYDEL eShop

 


 

1847 CLASSIC Low, Standard and High with sealed wooden combs in three different thicknesses (low: walnut, std./high: maple)

The 'Jack of all trades' among Blues harmonicas: >1847 CLASSIC & NOBLE

1847 CLASSIC High

Key HBb 16201HBb

SEYDEL's Next Generation High Tuned Harmonicas: ranging from high G (HG) to high Bb (HBb). The 1847 ...




74.95 €
VAT incl.

1847 CLASSIC

Key C 16201C

The first serial-produced Richter-diatonic harmonica with stainless steel reeds




74.95 €
VAT incl.

1847 CLASSIC Low

Key LLE 16201LLE

SEYDEL's Next-Generation Low-Harmonicas: the lowest sounding Blues harmonica in the world - with new Baritone design & Stainless Steel reeds.

Standard Richter


74.95 €
VAT incl.

1847 NOBLE High

Key HBb 16501HBb

SEYDEL's Next Generation High Tuned Harmonicas: ranging from high G (HG) to high Bb (HBb). The 1847 ...




95.95 €
VAT incl.

1847 NOBLE

Key C 16501C

The 1847 NOBLE the consequently enhanced development of the successful 1847 Blues models with stainless steel reeds.




95.95 €
VAT incl.

1847 NOBLE Low

Key LLE 16501LLE

SEYDEL's Next-Generation Low-Harmonicas: the lowest sounding Blues harmonica in the world - with new Baritone design & Stainless Steel reeds.

Standard Richter


95.95 €
VAT incl.

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