Yonberg Typhoon Titanium. Includes Free USA Shipping


  • $170.00
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Yonberg gives you the LA with a titanic innovation and strives for excellence by now offering a harmonica equipped with reedplates and Gamma® reeds of 100% titanium.
  • The remarkable lightness of titanium, almost half the weight of bronze or stainless steel, enables an optimal reactivity of the instrument. It is valued for its wide ease of triggering notes, which is even more significant in the highest notes.
  • Titanium ensures absolute hygiene due to its completely antibacterial nature. It is particularly suitable for people who are allergic to nickel.
  • Titanium also has the advantage of being totally resistant to oxidation which guarantees exceptional mechanical performances and remarkable longevity of the reeds.
  • The Typhoon titanium produces a crystal clear and warm sound.
  • The Typhoon titanium diatonic harmonica is made in France.
  • It comes in a box containing a mini screwdriver.

 Keys: the Typhoon titanium comes in the Richter Tuning keys of C, G, A, D and Bb.

  Technical specifications:

  • Covers*
  • Key cap*
  • Stainless steel, deep crystalline black rigid plates
  • Black screws
  • Black comb*
  • Titanium reed-plates and Gamma reeds®
  • Pivoting arms* that anchor the reed-plates
  • Patented Quick and Easy Dismantling Dystem of the instrument to clean it very easily (QDS system)

* Tritan®, high performance food grade resin

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David Kulmaczewski
Titanium reeds.... not sure about this

This is an interesting harmonica, to be sure. Back in the day, we'd have called it "hi tech". Very sleek looking, modern shape, mostly black with black chrome panels. It feels almost slippery and smooth in the hand. Reminds me of the old BMW ads, saying they felt like they were carved out of a solid block. But most of that block is still plastic.

Even with the titanium replacing brass, the Typhoon is heavier than a Hohner Crossover; half an ounce heavier than one with a Zajac comb (which is itself heavier than the stock bamboo). It's also bigger; the narrowest end is the size of a Crossover, the wider end about 60% larger. The Typhoon is thicker than the Zajac Crossover (Zajac combs are also thicker than stock bamboo combs). The harp feels good to hold, but is definitely large.

I find the playability weird. The airflow seems very "free" compared to a comparable Crossover (both in C). Maybe it's the comb material, maybe it's the unique shape of the slots in the comb (the sides and end are a bit curved, more like a goblet than a rectangular box). The reeds seem very responsive and vibrate smoothly with very little air. It doesn't feel or sound at all airy; very tight. However...... this 'ease of playability' kind of makes it feel like a toy. Somehow the combination of little air resistance, quick but quiet sound (it's much quieter than a Crossover), and the oversize thickness makes it feel like a Fisher Price harmonica for toddlers. Or maybe like a super professional, high tech monster that plays like nothing you've ever tried. I can't tell which.

All the reeds play their marked tones easily, clearly, and sweetly. I personally have trouble with bending notes on it, though, and that's not usually a problem. Specifically, a 2-draw bend is tough to get, tough to maintain, and usually involves a terrible warbling or clacking sound when it finally happens. It's entirely possible that this is due to my own poor technique, highlighted by the titanium reeds. Trying to do a 2-draw bend on this C harp feels like doing the same on a high F harp, back when I first got one. For me, 2-draws get easier as the key goes up, until I got an F... that felt entirely different, and so does this one. Mouth shape and airflow are just different from most. I also have real trouble with a 1-draw bend; I simply cannot get it down a full 1/2 step. This feels to me similar to doing a 1-draw bend on a *low* F harp... no matter how low I drop my jaw and how hard I pull, I can't get more than a weak dip in pitch. Again... this may be showing how bad my technique is. This is *nothing* like my experience with a normal C harp. 8/9/10 blow bends seem OK; I can easily get the 8/9, but the 10 is hit-or-miss. Sometimes it dips every time, sometimes I can't get it to bend no matter what. Again, not nearly what I experience on a normal brass reed C harp.

The assembly system is unique. I like the idea of using only three larger screw fasteners with the nuts embedded in the cover plate. But I just don't trust the four small plastic levers that are used to hold the reed plates in place. Maybe it's a very robust and stable plastic and the hinges will hold up fine. But most plastics are *not* that good, and tiny plastic hinges meant to exert a pretty large clamping pressure over a long time doesn't seem that great of a plan. Time will tell.

This is obviously a very expensive instrument. It may very well be a superb machine, and I'm an unworthy hack who's unable to take advantage of it's subtle benefits. Or it's a so-so gimmick. Either way, it's quite a lesson.

Tyler Eaves
Best yet.

Purchased my first recently. (Key of A).

It's an AMAZING harp, probably the first clean sheet design in 100 years.

It's like an 1874 Lightning and a Crossover had a baby, except that not only does the baby have everything good about the parents (The totally corrosion-resistant construction and quality of the Lightnings, the lightness and responsiveness of the Crossover... and beats them, while adding super easy servicing (3 screws to disassemble the entire harp), and NOT being an exposed plate harp. Oh, and it's lighter than even a Marine Band.

The indents for your index finger and thumb in the covers are brilliant, make it super comfortable to hold.

Sounds is great, neither too bright nor too raspy.

Can't speak for overblows/draws since that's not something I'm capable of.

The only real downsides are the cost, limited availability of keys (although I suspect, much like the Lightning, this will improve with time), and that due to the shape (it's extra wide on the low end) it may or may not fit in existing cases. It BARELY fit's in my Kongseng case - but hey next time I buy one I'll buy their case.

Carl Brown
Typhoon Titanium

Absolutely incredible! Bought keys C and Bb and as soon as I played them, I bought two more keys!! These do have the Titanium Gamma reeds and they are super sensitive. I've got the best harmonicas of nearly all brands and these are the easiest to play with barely a breath of air. Not really worried about longevity, Yonberg say's the reeds last longer than brass or stainless steel, but we'll see.
One more thing, I received these with the super-sonic shipping speed that RockinRons always give. Best place to get your harmonica. Thanks RockinRons!!!!!!

The new Yonbrg

I have about five of the old model Yonbergs which I bought from France. They stayed in my box because I did not like the way they played. No volumn or long notes etc. Just bought the new black model from Ron in Bb. Wow what an improvement. I have many custom harps which are very good. This model plays just as good. Next I'll try the bends and draws. Thanks Ron for a great buy.

Jim Hawkins
The Yonberg Typhoon Titanium is the BEST harmonica ever made!

I am only a beginning harmonica player, but I own every key of the Seydel 1847 harps, same with all the keys of the Hohner Rocket Amps and Hohner Thunderbirds, and almost all the DaBell tremolos.

I absolutely love the Seydels with their stainless steel reeds. What an incredible sound and clarity, but there is one BIG problem for me.
I have a beard, and the Seydels always yank out one of my beard hairs, by the root, because of a small gap between the reed cover and reed plate.
That problem was solved by placing some orthodontic wax (for those wearing braces) in the gap, but what a hassle to go through!

I asked Rockin' Ron if there was any other harp he could recommend for me, and he told me about the Yonberg Typhoon Titanium, with its titanium reeds and body construction.
Holy harmonica!
This harp is AWESOME! Super lightweight! Super responsiveness. More importantly, an incredibly bright/clear/clean sound that surpasses the Seydel. And even more important to me--NO possibility of grabbing and yanking out my beard hair!
I know this is expensive, but the French engineers did an incredible job and made this harp easy to hold, even easier to take apart, and the titanium makes this antibacterial, so you don't need to worry about germs growing inside.
I just cannot believe how great this is, and I will be ordering all the keys.
Get one! You will be amazed!