The Delta Frost's bluesy tone is all about heavy metal . . . as in stainless steel cover plates and phosphor bronze reeds.
Bushman was never satisfied with the life expectancy or responsiveness of the brass reeds used in other harmonicas. When metal experts told them that phosphor bronze offered greater hardness, tensile strength, elasticity, and toughness than brass, they ordered some and began cutting it into reeds for the Delta Frost. They knew they would be gaining durability with the phosphor bronze, but they had not counted on the wonderful, unique, gritty, fat tone that it produces.
With its whiskey smooth, stainless steel cover plates, and its plastic comb that's been milled and rounded for comfort, this instrument is up to the task of helping to keep the memory of Frank Frost alive. Most harmonicas have brass reeds, but the Delta Frost has longer-lasting, copper-colored, phosphor bronze reeds that not only provide hours of dependable play, but they produce a dirty, bluesy tone.
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Ever since being turned to the Bushman delta frost bout a year ago, I no longer want/need another brand. Everything from the feel in the mouth to the bends are terrific. Still dont know why this brand (or bushman in general) is not as popular as the other BIG BRANDS. It's a beautiful harp. Proud to say that I'm a loyal Bushman plyr!
I bought this harmonica for my husband who is a beginning harmonica player on the advice of his teacher. He started out on a Hohner, which is not a bad beginner harmonica, but compared to the Delta Frost, sounds tinny. My husband finds it much easier to play the Delta Frost and is extremely pleased with the rich tone. I also ordered him another Delta Frost in Key of A, which I am sure will prove to be the winner theKey of C is.
I buy a lot of harps. Mostly I have played Special 20's, which are fine. I've also owned Lee Oskars, Suzuki Bluesmasters, Suzuki Folkmasters, Marine Bands, and Hohner Blues Harps. I really like a harp to be comfortable in the mouth and hand and easy to slide - and the Delta Frost is the best for that. I like them to be airtight and responsive and easy to control the bends on. Again, Delta Frost is the best. I like them to have great tone and clear projection. This is the place that the Delta Frost beats my beloved Special 20's hands down.Looks good, feels good, sounds good.
Out of the box, the Delta Frost is a bit of a disappointment. The materials, the fit and finish do not, at first blush, compare to Oskars for example. I like the playability and response. The DF bends and blows with ease. Once broken in, it should only get better.The tone is noticeably different than the Special 20 and the Oskar. My wife calls it 'tinny' . . . I call it 'ringy' or even 'pingy'. Not bad, just different and let's say, interesting. Overall it's a decent harp. It simply doesn't match up to the marketing and the many rave reviews. I will be playing it along with my others. Worth a try if you've got some extra harp money.
I own two so far (C and A). I'll definately be buying more. These harps are tough. Probably the toughest on the market. In my opinion this is THE blues harp. Nice blues tone especially when amped with the proper equipment. I don't own another harp that has given me the control the Delta Frosts do. Very easy and controlled bends. No air leaks, fit well in the hand, feel good on the lips. VERY WELL BUILT AND SOUND GREAT! I own 5 or 6 other brands from cheap to the same price range as the Delta Frost. These are by far the best in my collection.
I just got my first Delta Frost. As a beginning harp player I'm totally blown away. I can't wait to replace my other harps with Delta Frosts. This is the first harmonica I've owned that was truly responsive on each and every note. Seems like the other harps I own were pretty much responsive on each note too but I had to be very careful how I played it. And, they didn't stay that way. (Yes. My fault) On the DF (In C playing blues in G) I get every note but I don't have to be so careful about my technique like on all my other harps and I still get a nice clean note. Its been so easy to play I feel revitalized. Kinda like when I put the Gibson 57 Classic pickups on my Epi Les Paul. I was getting very discouraged because I was recording a lot and I would get close to wrapping up and Id get a bad note. The note I wanted just didnt come out of the harp. I realize that it was my lack of finesse but that didnt make it any better. I thought the DF would play stiff because of the totally different reeds. I was wrong. And bending notes was pure pleasure. Im going to order my second DF today and the third in a few weeks. Ill be playing DFs until I pick up some finesse and style. Then Ill be ordering some Souls Voice. MAYBE someday Ill branch out and buy other brands. But as a beginner I need a harp thats responsive, tough and easy to play so I can concentrate on the music rather than the harp. Oh yeah. The sound? Yup. Found my blues harp. Smooth dark sound. Make mine a Delta Frost.
The Delta Frost is one of my favorite harps. I really like both bushman models. The Delta Frost is very airtight and responds great to the smallest amount of air leaving lots of room for dynamic expression. The Phosphor Bronze reeds last a long time and have a unique tone that I love. They are extremely easy to play and are easy to bend. The only downside is that they do not handle overblows as well as the Bushman Souls Voice. In all other aspects, they outperform most other harps.
I am just starting to learn to play the harmonica and have bought some Hohner's, Suzuki's, and Hering's. I've found that the Delta Frost is the easiest to play and bend notes with. It comes with a 30 day blow out guarantee and replacement reads are very reasonable. If you're serious about learning to play this is the harmonica to buy.