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Seydel Symphony 16 hole chromatic harmonica reviews

Seydel Symphony 16 hole chromatic harmonica reviews







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Seydel Symphony 16 hole chromatic harmonica reviews

Seydel Symphony 16 hole chromatic harmonica reviews

 Seydel Symphony 16 hole chromatic harmonica

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The Seydel Symphony 16: A Harmonious Masterpiece for the True Harp Head

Alright, harmonicaphiles, listen up! As a seasoned player who's blown through more harps than a chain smoker goes through cigarettes, I've stumbled upon an absolute gem that's sure to blow your mind (and your audience's). Introducing the Seydel Symphony 16 – a chromatic masterpiece that'll have you playing like a virtuoso from the moment you lay lips on it.

Now, I know what you're thinking: "But Jeeves, isn't the Symphony 16 just another run-of-the-mill chromatic?" Oh, ye of little faith! This bad boy is anything but ordinary, and I'm about to tell you why it deserves a spot in every serious harp player's arsenal.

Design and Build

"The Symphony 16 is a true work of art, crafted with the precision of a Swiss watchmaker."

Let's start with the look and feel of this beauty, shall we? From the moment you lay eyes (and hands) on the Symphony 16, you know you're dealing with a premium instrument. The sleek, contoured body fits like a dream in your grip, while the brushed metal covers give it a sophisticated, almost regal vibe.

But the Symphony 16 isn't just a pretty face – it's built to withstand the rigors of the road (and maybe even a few bar fights, not that I'd recommend testing that theory). The precision-milled reed plates and airtight construction ensure your tone stays crisp and clear, no matter how wild the jam session gets. And that reinforced comb? Let's just say it's practically indestructible (though I can't vouch for what might happen if you decide to use it as a bottle opener).

Tone and Playability

Now, let's get to the good stuff: how this sonic siren sings.

The fully-curved windsavers make bending and overblowing a dream, allowing you to unleash a symphony of soulful, expressive tones.
The precise tuning and even response across all 16 reeds mean you can effortlessly navigate those tricky chromatic runs and intricate melodies.
And the tone? Rich, resonant, and downright heavenly, with a depth and complexity that'll have you believing in harmonious divinity.
Whether you're wailing the blues, tinkling out a tender Irish air, or jazzing things up with some tasty licks, the Symphony 16 has got you covered. It's like having a full orchestra at your lips, minus the hassle of hiring a hundred-piece band.

Versatility and Practicality

You know what they say: variety is the spice of life (and good music, for that matter). Well, the Seydel Symphony 16 is a true chameleon, comfortable in any musical setting. From the smoky ambiance of a dimly-lit jazz club to the raw energy of a punk rock dive bar, this little number can adapt to any vibe.

But wait, there's more! The Symphony 16 is also a road warrior, built to withstand the rigors of gigging and travel. The hardwearing case (available separately, but worth every penny) will keep your sonic companion safe and sound, no matter how treacherous the journey.

And let's not forget about us busy bees who juggle multiple hustles (harmonica virtuoso by night, SEO wordsmith by day). The Symphony 16's compact size and portability make it the perfect companion for sneaking in a quick practice session between client calls or during your lunch break.

Value for Money

Now, I know what you're thinking: "But Jeeves, surely such a fine instrument comes with a hefty price tag to match?"

Well, my thrifty friends, prepare to have your expectations pleasantly exceeded! While the Seydel Symphony 16 certainly isn't the cheapest chromatic on the market, it offers stellar value for its performance and build quality.

Think of it as an investment – not just in your musical journey, but in an instrument that will stand the test of time (and perhaps even a few apocalyptic scenarios, who knows?). With proper care and maintenance (which, let's be honest, is a breeze with this beauty), the Symphony 16 will be your trusty sonic companion for years, nay, decades to come.

So go ahead, treat yourself. Your fingers (and your audience) will be over the moon.


In the vast and varied symphony of chromatic harmonicas, the Seydel Symphony 16 stands out as a true virtuoso. Its sleek design, rich tone, and unparalleled playability make it a worthy addition to any serious player's arsenal.

Whether you're a seasoned pro looking to take your game to new heights or a fresh-faced newbie just dipping your toes into the chromatic waters, the Symphony 16 is sure to inspire and delight. So what are you waiting for? Join the ranks of the harmonica elite and make some sweet, sweet symphonic music with this modern masterpiece.

Just don't blame me when you can't put the darn thing down! (Or when you start developing an unhealthy obsession with all things German-engineered and musically inclined.)

Brand Information

Christian August Seydel
Robert-Koch-Strasse 1, 08248 Klingenthal
October 27, 1847


This is a most welcome addition to the harmonica world from Seydel, which I consider the finest mainline chromatic harmonica company in the world based on product quality, service, and parts availability. Big statement, but it’s earned.

I am a customizer and prototype developer noodle head, and this is the only harp I’ve played which needed no customization to perform at its peak. Oh dear, what shall I do?

Seydel Symphony, available in two configurations: ALU with aluminum comb and trapezoidal mouthpiece, and the AKRYL in green acrylic comb with rounded mouthpiece, (I play the ALU) is packed full of meaningful design improvements which spell value to you.

First off, if you don’t know it, Seydel harps are made in Germany (they are the last remaining German firm producing harps, Hohner is now 95% Asian owned), use stainless steel reeds…these are very long lasting and stable, and respond to breath very quickly. (Unlike Suzuki which solders reeds right onto the reedplate, making reed replacement near impossible for the hobbyist as you’d have to drill a hole in the reedplate for the replacement reed, and you cannot get reeds in any event (Suzuki offers almost no parts in the U.S. beyond complete reedplate sets at close to the cost of a new harp)…Seydel uses rivets to hold on the reeds, so you can order a new reed from the manufacturer, pull the offending reed, and put a new one in. All parts for Seydel harps are available on their websites.

Other basics…this is a 16 hole chromatic harmonica which means you get 4 full octaves and then some, actual range is C3 to D7. (C3 is one octave lower than middle C on a piano.) This means you can play pretty much any piece of music you want.

The Symphony is a SIGNIFICANT DEPARTURE for Seydel in many ways.

The physical profile of the harp is much larger than Saxony, it’s longer, deeper and fatter, and very comfortable to hold.

The covers are cast aluminum and shape the sound making all octaves even as regards tonal harmonic footprint, they have scallops for your fingers to grip, and open at their back to project sound like a trumpet. The covers have a much greater effect on a harmonica’s sound than is generally recognized. Each cover has its own set of screws holding them on, so you can remove one cover and the other is still attached. This protects the harp a bit as you take it apart.

The Slide button is Ergonomic, and convex, with a polymer center warm to the touch with a tiny bit of grip. This increases comfort in play.

Airtightness is a principal characteristic of top pro harps and this harp is as airtight as I’ve ever seen, stock or customized, right from the manufacturer.

The comb top is sanded flat, and the double thick blank and slide are precision-shaped and less likely to bend if the harp is taken apart. The mouthpiece which is solid brass is cut by CNC and is fit absolutely precisely to the other mouthpiece components, so you give the instrument the slightest breath, and the reeds respond.

An airtight harp gives you better tone, faster play, and the ability to control bends and vibrato and volume in optimal fashion.

Reedplates are German Silver, which is a very high grade material.

Again, the instrument is made in two configurations: black Aluminum comb ALU with trapezoidal mouthpiece, or green Akrylic comb AKRYL in rounded mouthpiece They both are serviceable, and I’d describe the AKRYL tone as a bit warmer, but the ALU comb most durable in the years ahead. I suppose ideally, I’d like both.

(Of course I play harps with a Kettlewell Frictionless Mouthpiece Slider, which makes movements to new note hole positions friction free, and a the lips play dry, the harp stays clean. If you don’t know what this is, go to the website MASTERSOFHARMONICA.COM to see explanatory videos off the links at top of the homepage.


On with the show…

A huge departure in design relates to the SLIDE, or device which you activate the button of to get your sharps and flats, called accidentals.

Ending problems with scored slides caused by the slide popping off the top of a slide spring on the right side of the harp during reassembly, SEYDEL SYMPHONY has its slide spring at the left side of the harp, and it is enclosed…to remove the slide you simply unscrew the mouthpiece screw at the right bottom of the harp comb (yes, the mouthpiece screw comes UP from the BOTTOM of the harp- leaving the top of the mouthpiece smooth (thus protecting your lips in play from damage from the mouthpiece screw which can get buggered) and pull out the Slide.

The harp is precision-built, so correct pressure on mouthpiece components is not really controlled by the tension of the mouthpiece screws as on a typical harp. Instead, the mouthpiece screws simply hold the parts together rather gently…the fit being so good, airtightness results.

To clean the Slide, just remove the Slide as described above, wash in water, and reinsert…no fumbling with multiple components. (I use a very very very thin layer Hetman’s Slide Oil on the Slide, their rotary oil #13, but it’s not really necessary.)

The bumpers sit on top of the oversized mouthpiece screws, and find their correct position easily…you do not have to fumble with them during harp assembly, as in a typical chromatic. (Big plus.)

The harp comes with a durable case with room for 3 harps, and an internal heating system…very nice, so now you’ll have a safe way to transport your harps. Owner’s manual and leather harp wrist strap included.

2 year factory warranty.

The final point has to do with how it feels to play the harp, and this is not a specification…but the WHOLE of the thing.

It feels and sounds great in play, and I’ll leave it at that. It is my opinion one can do no better.

Here’s a video demonstration, and a video review for you.

It’s my daily player.

To Seydel…well done.



Seydel Symphony 16 hole chromatic harmonica FAQs

While the Symphony 16 is a professional-grade instrument, it's actually a great choice for ambitious beginners who want to invest in a high-quality chromatic harmonica from the start. Just be prepared to put in the practice time – this sonic beauty has a bit of a learning curve.
In my humble opinion, the Symphony 16 outshines many similarly-priced chromatics on the market, offering superior build quality, tone, and playability.
Absolutely! Despite its compact size, this sonic siren has plenty of volume and projection to hold its own on stage, whether you're playing with a full band or flying solo.
You betcha! The Symphony 16's versatile tone and responsive playability make it a fantastic choice for everything from blues and folk to jazz, rock, and even classical music. Heck, you could probably even serenade a few symphonic orchestras with it!
Incredibly durable! The reinforced comb and airtight construction make this harmonica practically indestructible, able to withstand the occasional drop or spill (not that I'd recommend testing that theory, mind you – this is a sonic treasure, after all).