Hehe. Just from what you saw in my MSN status few days ago, I finally got myself my dream harmonica, Suzuki Sirius 14 holes. ^^
Just as some of you had already know, I had said that I will definitely buy this harmonica when I’m getting some extra money. At last friday, I finally got my scholarship money banked in for me. ^^ Can’t tell you how much due to personal reason.
Bought at Taniguchi Musical Instrument shop.
I had write a post about Suzuki’s new Sirius and Gregorie Maret last time here and I did mentioned that I liked the new Sirius very much. The reason is simple, It have silver plated mouthpiece, responsive and the tone of the harmonica is really great.
Taking it out from the box.
The hard cover of the box is really beautiful too. And the shop had asked me to write the Ownership slip by Suzuki, which proved that you had owned this harmonica. ^^ And they will contact you whenever Suzuki got new workshop or some gathering. Maybe I will meet up with Ootaka-san which came to Malaysia few years ago. Hehe.
Open up the hard cover.
As you can see in the picture, It’s sealed nicely in plastic cover too. Meant that no one had every touched her after her birth. It also included two plate of paper(I guess?) to prevent oxidation of the silver plates. Liked how professional they are at sealing her and make sure you are the first one to come contact with her.
Taken off the plastic cover.
The Suzuki Sirius not only have silver plated mouthpieces, they also added a new technology by adding weight at the reeds plates which will make the tone more low and sounding more sweets. There are 3 version of Sirius which are 12 holes, 14 holes and 16 holes version.
The back side, Never forgot the M. SUZUKI sign~ I would prefer they printed Sirius at it too ^^
The 12 holes and 14 holes version are in half slides, which mean you can play faster songs which required you to push the slides more often accurately. And for the 16 holes version is in full slide. For me who played lots of fast song like William tell, Can Can, and A gust of wind, I would definitely wanted the half slides version. This is my first half slide harmonica.
A bit blur but think you can still see it’s a half slide. all the holes are at the upper part when you didn’t push the slide.
I had played it for about 15 minutes after I unpacked it for photos session. And it’s just wow. ^^ I can played Espana Cani’s fast part without stucked slide. It sounded more perfect with this new harmonica. Yeah, the harmonica is still new so I would prefer not to push her to the limit first today. I just gave her a nice warm up about how my style of playing. ^^
Yes, believed that you had notice too. It’s a Her. She is so soft and soothing. I’m positive Sirius is a Her. ^^
Putting it back to the box for rest. ^^ Yeah, Believe me, Harmonica need rest too.
So what I will do from now on is to post more of my harmonica playing videos to Youtube. You will be seeing lots of Anime songs from me at Youtube soon. Of course, I will be introducing some tools I’m used for recording too. Just a great harmonica is not enough to make Great videos. I bought some recording devices which I will be introducing too soon. ^^
Lastly, never forgot to give some credits to Taniguchi Gakki shop(谷口楽器). The Boss is really nice giving me discount again at the market prices. If you are in Japan and are going to buy new harmonica, I will advice you go to Taniguchi which located at Ochanomizu(御茶ノ水). You can also test most of the harmonica there except the Super Expensive Fabulous. ^^”
Lastly, thanks all of you who read this post. If you found this post through Google, then I want to congratulate you. You must have quite some level until you will start to getting interest in great Harmonica. Wish Malaysia have some Sirius Owner too soon. ^^
P.S. Forgot to mention the price, I got it at around 33K yen, X0.035 current rate = RM 1155.
27 April 2010: Added Brendan Power’s Youtube video of introduction of Suzuki Sirius.