Pricing & Descriptions

Custom Marine Band & Special 20 harmonicas

I APPRECIATE YOUR BUSINESS AND ALWAYS PERFORM MY BEST WORK REGARDLESS OF YOUR SKILL LEVEL!

WHY SETTLE FOR LESS?

You may order Stage I harps described on this page, by letting me know what you want and joining a list. I don’t require a deposit at this time for popular keys (G-A-Bb-C-D).  Just commit that you’ll pay when it’s ready, then keep your word. I’ll provide the harp.

All Stage II and III overblow harmonicas, and Stage I’s in other keys, require a 50% deposit.

Note:  If you’d like me to do reed work on a harp that you provide, or a model that I don’t offer, please visit the service page for details and pricing.

CUSTOM MARINE BAND DELUXE

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CUSTOM MARINE BAND DELUXE
  • No Nails

    All-screw construction

  • Smoothed Rails

    Corners and rails smoothed for comfort

  • Coverplates

    Deluxe coverplates standard, Thunderbird covers optional for lower keys.

  • Comb

    Pearwood comb for organic tone- chamfered tines/corners for comfort, with thick internal sealing to prevent swelling.

  • Reed Work

    Spiers Process high-performance reedwork:

    • Both reed plates are straightened and comb flattened.
    • All reeds accurately indexed so the reeds swing straight in the slots.
    • All reed slots embossed to closer tolerances.
    • All reeds properly shaped for optimum geometry.
  • Tuning

    Strobo-tuned to 19-limit JI

  • Low Keys

    Low keys are available at an extra cost.

CUSTOM SPECIAL 20

[ Please Also See Stages Below ]

  • Keys

    Available in standard keys, and low E-F-F# (extra cost)

  • Reed Work

    Spiers Process high-performance reed work

  • Comb

    Stock comb, corners smoothed for comfort

  • Coverplates

    Coverplates opened in back, corner seams smoothed

  • Tuning

    Strobo-tuned to 19-limit JI

3 Setups / Stages to Suit Your Style

Stage I™   Traditional setup

Best custom harmonica I can make for traditional blues and folk styles

* Springy and air-efficient, but not stuffy
* Vibrato friendly
* Precise bend control from bottom to top
* Rich sound and even feel on every hole
* Wide dynamic response
* 19-limit just intonation unless otherwise requested

$130 – SP20
$155 – Marine Band

$10 – Add-on for Thunderbird conical coverplate
$25 – extra to re-tune down to low E, F and F#

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Stage II™   4-5-6 overblow harmonica

All of Stage I, with high-performance access to the “missing notes” in the middle register.

My pro-overblow reed work encourages using OB’s straight-on and in more musical contexts, with less tendency to have the “sticking” issues associated with overblow harps. There’s a difference between a custom harmonica that overblows, and a Spiers custom overblow harmonica!

* Tuned to 19-limit just intonation unless otherwise requested

* Stage 2+ option adds the 7 overdraw

$155 – SP20
$180 – Marine Band

$20 – Add-on for high-performance 7 overdraw (Stage 2+)

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Stage III™ overblow/overdraw harmonica

* Includes all of Stage 2, with 7-8-9–10 overdraws, and the 1-overblow.
* Choose between ET or compromised tuning (default).

$255 – SP20
$280 – Marine Band

$30- add for fitting SP20 cover plates

SHIPPING

Shipping and handling within USA, $10 per order. USPS priority mail.

Non-USA orders shipped with tracking has become even more expensive! There was a very sharp price increase in January 2016. I’m sorry but there’s nothing I can do about it.

For international customers wanting a tracking number that can be followed online, my only option is USPS Priority Express mail. The cost for that is: Canada $40, all others- $60. Orders that won’t safely go in flat rate envelopes will cost more depending on weight.

First-class International packages WITHOUT tracking starts at $20. You assume any and all risk if the package is lost! Some countries are more reliable than others, it’s YOUR decision.