Basic Custom Harmonica

Basic Custom Rocket, Special 20, Marine Band Deluxe or Golden Melody Harmonica

My Basic Custom harmonica was known as "Semi-Custom" before October 2018.

The new name clearly reflects the amount and quality of work done to the instrument which includes correcting all factory defects, high-impact improvements and Sympathetic reed work™.

I offer Basic Custom Marine Band, Rocket, Special 20 and Golden Melody harmonicas.
Customized harmonica descriptions and pricing
All prices are in Canadian Dollars.

Basic Custom harps

Pick this option and SUBTRACT $65 from the price of the full custom harp.

June 2018 - "New Recipe"

My "New Recipe" basic custom harmonica has undergone high-impact improvements to ensure the tone, response and tuning is much better than a stock instrument. The New Recipe means I am choosing a different set of improvements than the original Semi Custom "recipe". These improvements include Sympathetic reed work™ . Expect a lot more punch, volume and dynamics without needing a lot of effort to play.

It is a pro-grade harp that is set up a little more than halfway in between a Full Custom and a stock harp. It aims to satisfy most players needs.

This is a one-size fits-all setup including compromise tuning where chords sound like they should without making single notes sound wrong.

This harp offers fantastic response. It's ideal for players who require a great instrument but feel that their playing style may not make use of everything a full custom harp has to offer.

Wait time for basic custom harp is 75 days or less for popular keys; contact me for details.

Price includes Canada/USA Shipping and Warranty (Same warranty as Full Custom harmonica.)

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My Custom Harmonicas

A well-playing harp is expressive and easy to control. My harps are tailored to work best with your breath.

My harps are FUN to play!

My custom harmonicas feature labour-intensive work done on all parts of the instrument, including every reed. I ensure each note has outstanding timbre, tone and volume. Regular and bent notes play easily and consistently from the top to the bottom of the harmonica. My harps offer awesome control. All my custom harmonicas feature stunning, right-on-the-mark tuning using an analog Peterson Strobe tuner.

These instruments are carefully adjusted to suit your specific needs. Due to the amount of time and attention given to each instrument, no out-of-the-box harmonica can perform as well as a custom harmonica.

Need more information?

Please Contact me and we can have a frank discussion about your specific needs. I can assess your playing style and help you make an informed decision. By contacting me, you are under no obligation to use my services or buy my products.

Tuning


- Compromise tuning is recommended for most players. It makes chords sound like they should without making single notes sound wrong.
- 7-Limit Just Intonation is the tuning of vintage blues harps. The chords are rich but some single notes sound a little flat. Choose this tuning if you use major chords extensively such as playing train rhythms or if like the sound of vintage blues harmonica.
- Equal Temperament is the best choice for players who regularly use positions other than First, Second or Third.

Combs

My harmonicas feature my earth-friendly high-performance Dark combs™.

My custom Hohner Special 20/Rocket harmonicas use the factory plastic polymer comb. I round the corners of the stock Special 20 comb by hand.

Ordering


Click here to order online. Send me a deposit on your custom harmonica. I will contact you for further information so as to make sure every detail is to your specifications. I will commit to a completion once every detail is confirmed.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Warranty

This warranty applies to my custom as well as semi-custom harmonicas.

Warranty includes one reed replaced for free within the first 30 days of reception. Reed replacement service is $10 per reed for the next 11 months after the free 30-day period. Customer pays for shipping. Warranty work on custom harmonicas gets express service which means I aim to get your harps back in the mail within ten business days. After 12 month warranty period, regular service charges apply. My custom harps get lifetime service priority which means I attend to them as soon as I receive them.