Advanced technology and functional beauty are combined in this stunning 10 hole diatonic harmonica, the all-new Suzuki MANJI Harmonica.
This revolutionary new diatonic harmonica is named after Mr. Manji Suzuki, the company's founder — now in his mid 80s, but still very much in charge. He started with a single hand-built model 70 years ago, and has built Suzuki up into one of the world's premier harmonica manufacturers.
Harmonicas are Mr. Suzuki's passion and his life's work. The fact he is putting his own name on the MANJI Harmonica is because those 70 years of dedication to perfection are condensed in this one impressive instrument. He is convinced that it will come to be regarded as one of the best harmonicas of the 21st century.
REVOLUTION WITHIN TRADITION
New technology for a New-generation- SUZUKI’S Manji M-20 represents the new state-of-the-art instrument for the most demanding professional player. The Manji is a 10-hole diatonic harmonica (often called the ‘blues-harp’). Over the past century, the 10-hole diatonic harp has developed a mature and established playing style, popularized by Blues greats such as Little Walter, Sonny Terry, and many others. But in recent times new playing techniques have been developed to achieve full chromatic ability, the 10-hole harmonica is in an exciting transition phase, being adapted to many different styles of music. Players’ performance styles have become diversified and their demands are now beyond the stock harmonica’s functions and capacity. Until now, only expensive hand-customized harmonicas have met their needs. Suzuki’s Manji M-20 meets the needs and desires of the most discriminate player.
ADVANCED COMB SIMULATING THE SOUND OF WOOD
All-new resin comb material has the warm timbre of a wooden comb, but the durability and non-absorbency of plastic. Not only does it simulate the feel and sound of wood - this material contains more than 50% of natural wood fibers! Test players have reported "It feels as if the comb vibrates with the reeds!"
CLASSIC STYLE COVERS
The Manji’s gorgeous stainless steel coverplates reflect the best of recent developments by custom harmonica makers. The back sides of the covers are fully opened for full sound projection, big sound holes at both sides allow the player to hear the reeds directly. SUZUKI is the first manufacturer to move the single attachment screw to the front of the comb, where it applies the optimum pressure to keep the coverplates fully airtight and secure.
Suzuki has now developed the accuracy of reed-fixing on the reedplate as far as it can go! The result is that the reed/slot tolerances of the Manji, critical to high performance, are the finest of any manufactured harmonica. The Manji has compromised tuning. Carefully researched reed lengths and profiles combining dynamic sound, long endurance and easy overblow characteristics, complete the picture. Combined with the ultra-precise reed attachment, they respond faithfully to every subtle nuance of the player’s breath. The SUZUKI Manji M-20! The more you play this incredible new harmonica, the more you feel as if you are singing through the harp. It has to be tried to be believed.
Manji's are compromise tuned, but they lean more to ET than JI