There are as many harmonicas on the market as there are people interested in buying one (…probably). Despite the abundance of models finding a harp that combines good price and quality is not as easy as it might seem. Most beginners are not looking for $50-60 models. They need a budget-friendly model that will not ruin their experience. Anwenk Diatonic Harmonica in the key of C is one of our favorite harps because it offers a solid starting point for novices without having to spend over $10. It’s cheap without being cheap in quality, it’s comfortable, and it is versatile. While this model might not be the number one pick for pro players it still manages to deliver a lot for its price. Without further ado, let’s get into it.
This harmonica features phosphor bronze reeds that are corrosion resistant, cover plates that are thick enough to provide stability and durability, and resin comb. The reeds and plates are nice enough quality. They last for a while and help produce good sound. The resin used for comb is a material often used for substituting plastic. While it does a good enough job, it’s still not my favourite material because it just does not last long. When it comes to the overall playability and comfort that is where this Anwenk harmonica shines. The instrument does not have sharp edges which lends it to great, smooth playing. While this model has fully enclosed ends it still have some issues with leakage.
For a harp that comes under $10 mark, it’s quite strange that Anwenk decided to include a case and instruction with the instrument itself. Well, I say strange but I mean surprisingly great. Since this is a beginner instrument it is a great bonus because you won’t have to go out and get a separate case and spend more money on that. Plus, the instructions will provide the basic material for understanding your harp and how to play it (although, of course, you can find hundred times more information online).
While this diatonic harmonica was created with beginners in mind and caters more to budget-friendly users, the manufacturer did not only concentrate on that. That is why this model has rich, crisp tone and nice volume. There is an issue with air leakage but nothing too major. I won’t lie, for a pro player this model will not be good enough at all. But for a beginner who wants a simple harmonica for various styles like folk, jazz, blues, etc. this is an excellent model.
Anwenk Harmonica Key of C 10 Hole 20 Tone Diatonic Harmonica combines affordability, comfort, and nice tone. With good enough materials and expertise in construction, this model achieves heights you would not expect an instrument to reach in this price range. Now, is this the best harmonica for pro players? Probably not but it is a damn good one for a beginner who is looking for an easy to play and easy to maintain instrument at a great price.