"I purchased Two MBD with
corian combs from Hetrick. MBD Bb and F and received the first one yesterday the Bb, all I can say is WOW, UNBELIEVABLE!!!
I am very awe-struck about my new harp... I never thought that it would be so loud, easy to play and very, very responsive
compared to my non customized harps. Great customer service, Matthew kept me informed and made me feel very comfortable. And
the looks of the corian combs are outstanding."
|CUSTOM MARINE BAND DELUXE
|Custom Special 20 Harmonica
offer 30+ harmonica comb choices including DuPont™ Corian® , Dymondwood, and Bamboo Harmonica
Why Buy a Custom Harmonica?
Well, the first reason is it plays alot better. All those hard bends and hard to reach overblows are
much easier. 2nd, they last a lot longer than the typical stock harmonica. There are several trade secret things I do (as
do other harmonica builders) that make the reeds last longer. So, in the long run you may pay more up front, but less down
the road. I speak with many people that are going through harmonicas every few months. A local player in Atlanta gigs every
week with my harps and they last a couple of years!
Does it Cost More?
Custom is synonymous with cost in any
industry. The higher quality parts are more expensive and also I spent 5-10 hours on each harmonica. So that time has to be
covered! Really, if you look at the actual time spent it is worth much more, but no one would buy custom harps if they were
400 dollars. Plus, I spent time with every customer throughout the process to make sure they are updated on the progress and
that the customer is setup for their needs.
everyone need a custom harmonica?
not. If you are a beginner a Special 20 harmonica will do just fine. But after some time, you may want to make the investment.
I recently had a student that came to me because he was frustrated with bending. So I taught him for a while and then he stilled
struggled. So I opened that sucker up and customized the reeds. After that he nailed the 3 bend. Need I say more? It's good
to start with major keys like C, D, A, etc. I personally believe that the quality of your instrument can make a difference.
Also, if you take lessons from me I can do some setup during our lesson time. Otherwise, you will have to order over the net.
All Purpose Custom Harmonica Options
brass and stainless screw options
· Detailed reed work, gapping, polishing
· Excellent, loud responsive,
extended reed life
· Easy bending and vibrato
· Optimized coverplates for SP20, Marine Band, Low GM
· Custom brass coverplate support rod when needed
· Overblow 6 setup on GM, Marine Bands, SP20
Equal, Compromise, Country, 3rd, or Vintage/Just Tuned
Band 1896 $165
Marine Band Deluxe $180
Marine Band Crossover $180
Golden Melody (Standard Keys) $160
Hybrid Low Tuned Golden Melody with Seydel Brass/Steel
Special 20 (with custom comb and hand-carved coverplate groove) $180
includes 30+ comb choices, new harmonica, labor
If you want something more complicated like a full overblow setup
How to Order: 50% deposit due upon order, the rest billed
when completed. PLEASE CONTACT US BY EMAIL or PHONE so we can discuss your needs prior to placing an order.
Timeline: Current delivery time is 30-45 days depending on how many orders I have.
Repairs: Repair work is only available on my custom harmonicas or if you are a student sitting
in my studio. There is a small charge for a full re-tuning and replacing reeds. My track record on these is excellent; very
few reed blow outs and harps stay in tune for a long time. Sorry no chromatic work!