Harmonica, popularly known as mouth organ is a wind instrument consisting of a small rectangular case containing a set of metal reeds connected to a row of holes, over which the player inhales and exhales air to play the desired tunes. It is used in wide variety of music genres such as classical music, jazz, country, American folk music, blues and more. The length and thickness of the reed determines the note that is heard by a player. Harmonica has multiple names such as pocket piano, Mississippi saxophone, and French harp. The first patent for harmonica was issued to Christian Friedrich Ludwig Buschmann, a German musical instrument maker. It was a 10 cm instrument that featured 21 blow notes.Extensive cleaning is needed to avoid any fungal or bacterial impacts on the harmonica. There are different types of harmonicas as per the different structures and complexity. The voice modulations involved in each type is different as compared to the rest. Harmonica could also vary in shape and size depending on the type.
The global harmonica market could see significant growth over the forecast period owing to its wide variety of use in multiple music genres and growing popularity of such genres. For instance, the event - Martin Luther King Jr. Day near Loveland in 2018, is expected to feature the acoustic blues duo John Cephas and Phil Wiggins who are well-known blues harmonica players. Patients who are suffering from respiratory problems could be benefitted significantly with the use of harmonica, as the use of harmonica strengthens the diaphragm and helps the patients to breathe deep. Furthermore, harmonica induces other health benefits such as reduced anxiety, increased lung power, and optimized blood pressure. It also assists patients suffering from asthma, bronchitis, and facial paralysis. Owing to these multiple health benefits, the global harmonica market is likely to see considerable growth during the forecast period. In some harmonicas, there is a specific amount of nickel used. This could be a problem for people suffering from nickel allergy. Moreover, apart from specific genres there have been various other musical instruments which have gained more popularity than the harmonica. Additionally, due to the sensitive structure of harmonica, its maintenance could be problematic, which could be one of the restraints for the growth of the market.
The global harmonic market is segmented based on structure type, end-use, and geographic locations. As per structure type, the global harmonica market is sub segmented into five types namely-diatonic, tremolo-tuned, chromatic, orchestral accompaniment, and others. The diatonic harmonica comes in 12 keys of music and allows a user to play complete seven major scales of the key of the harmonica. In a tremolo harmonica, the two reeds are tuned slightly off a reference pitch, one of which is slightly sharp and other is slightly flat. The chromatic harmonica uses a button activated sliding bar to redirect air from the hole in the mouthpiece to the selected reed-plate.The orchestral model can feature all blow notes or a combination of blow and draw notes, some of which are designed to play chords. In terms of end user, the global harmonica market can be sub segmented into professional and amateur use. Based on geographic location, market is sub segmented into North America, South America, Middle East & Africa, Asia Pacific, and Europe.
There are several players in the global harmonica market. Some of the key players are Hohner, Jambone, Lee Oskar, Scarlatti, Waltons, Clarke, Shure, K&M, Musician's Gear, On-Stage Stands, Proline, SEYDEL, and Silver Creek.
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