Chromatic harmonica for Celtic and Baroque?

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Chromatic harmonica for Celtic and Baroque?

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I played chromatic harmonica as a kid, not since but I'm sure I still know how. Need this info. I want to play irish tunes and also baroque on harmonica. I see chromatic harps in C and in G. Which is better suited? Thanks
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Personally, I'd stick with a C, but make it an orchestra tuned - if you want a 12 rather than a 14, Seydel is the way to go. :thumbsup:
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thanks What's orchestral tuning
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Seydel seems to be out of stock. What about Hohners? What do two more holes buy you. Thanks!
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How bout this? I'm trying to play Bach on harmonica, as I did on the flute. Much appreciate your opinions!https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail ... chromonica
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Someday I'll get to dedisgn my own Irish tuning chromatic harmonica, which would be a Paddy Richter tuned D harmonica with the slide out and a C# Paddy Richter tuned harmonica with the slide engaged. Kind of a C#/D box in harmonica form.

For the existing ones, I'd actually say G would be better because it'd have a lower tone overall. Harmonicas get a little squeaky up high IMO; I don't like using my normal D diatonic for tunes as much because you're often in the stratosphere. You do lose some volume/projection, so the C might be better for sessions, but I'd just as soon keep things a little lower on the G.
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Hohner says they don't have orchestral tuning. Seyleck is out of stock.
Any other chromatic harps out there with it? How important is it for playing in celtic sessions? Appreciate this advice/info. Harmonicas aren't returnable.
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You might ask this gentleman in the link below. He plays harmonica in ITM (as well as blues & etc.). While I think he normally uses harmonicas in specific keys, I think he'd know the suitability or not of using a Chromatic instrument.

Mat Walklate:
https://www.matwalklate.co.uk/irish-traditional.html

BTW, you can pick up used Hohner Chromaticas for quite low prices on eBay. I have one my father purchased during WWII, & had it rebuilt/repaired/tuned by a fellow in Northern California. Here's the repair guy I used:
http://www.opendoorprod.com/open-door-h ... a-repairs/
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Sorry for not getting back sooner, an Orchestra tuned chromatic has notes below C down to G.

Suzuki is another option, theirs is a 14 hole; & they also do a 16 hole that goes down to the C below the regular C, giving you a Tenor & Standard C in one instrument.

Another option, I think, would be a Tenor/Low C 12 hole, which moves everything down one whole octave; it used to be my favourite, until I found Orchestra tuned.
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Thanks to all!
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