There are harmonicas you buy for sound, the ones you buy because of price and the ones you buy for looks. AND, surely, there are the ones you buy for all the reasons in the world. One of those harps is Suzuki HA-20-C 10-Hole Diatonic Harmonica. This is a gorgeous looking and sounding instrument that will be an amazing addition to the collection of an intermediate player or a great starting point for a beginner. While some beginner might think it is a bit too pricey for their taste (a.k.a. budget) I still think it is a solid investment if you plan on learning and using it for years (because this model will definitely last you for a while).
This Suzuki Hammond model in the key of C offers quality construction and nice materials that complement each other. With durable phosphor bronze reeds and black shell with premium finish with colored Hammond logo, you will get an instrument that lasts a while and looks amazing (if you take good care of it, of course). When it comes to the weight of this instrument, I would not say it is lightweight but it definitely won’t bother you. Personally, I liked that it had some weight, makes it feel more solid and not toy-ish in the hands. The dimension, on the other hand, allows you to carry it around in your pocket. The model also comes with extra sturdy hardshell carrying case. Overall, I would say, construction-wise this is a very durable instrument AND it comes in all 12 keys, so if you like it but don’t need a harp in the key of C, you can have your pick.
This 10-hole diatonic harmonica has very nuances, rich sound. While the price of this instrument might not be that low for beginners, it definitely pays off when you start playing. It is very responsive and the projection is great. Probably the best part of this instrument is that it is very versatile. It fits perfectly with rock, folk, pop, you name it.
Overall, Suzuki HA-20-C 10-Hole Diatonic Harmonica does not disappoint. For the price, you will be paying this harmonica offers quality construction that allows for rich sound and versatility as well as stunning, polished looks. It is a solid contender in its price range but if you are a beginner it might be a bit overpriced. Personally, I would still rather invest in the HA-20 because it is durable and will last you for years and years to come.