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I would suggest the best 12 hole chromatic that you can afford. 12 holes gives you 3 full octaves. Each extra set of 4 gives you another octave. Based on your reputation you probably are already versed in musical theory and reading. The slide gives you access to all 12 notes of an octave, in a fairly logical layout. Once you get the hang of activating ...


A standard diatonic harmonica plays in only 1 key. A chromatic harmonica has a button on the side that gives access to more notes, so you can play any note. If its your first harmonica, a standard may be easier to learn on because there is a specific pattern of sucks and blows that is repeated on other standard keyed harmonicas to run through the scale. ...

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