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    Posted: January 18 2013 at 1:46pm
I'd like to get a better harmonica rack.  My drummer has been playing some, and he needs a better rack.  After doing some research, I found:
HTTP://www.harmonicatunes.com/harmonicaholder.shtml
It's not cheap, $165 with shipping.  Has anyone heard of these or seen one?  Or have another idea?  Thanks!
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You tried Gary Applegate's HarpLock?
 
 
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I have been using a K&M rack similar to the one John sells on the Bushman site (I have the smaller 10 hole version) for years. This Christmas I was gifted a Farmer Foot Drum Arch Top Harmonica Rack. It doesn't look like much but it is a very clever design.  It has a magnetic holder, with adjustable angles, so you can switch harps with one hand and it locks into place so it can not slip forward and away from you. I didn't like the pad on the back so I cut it off and replaced it with a piece of rubber tubing. I also bent the back wire so it rides lower on my neck. It's kind of pricey and I was fine with the Hohner 10 hole rack or K&M but this has some definite advantages.

After 40 years of using cheapo wire racks Walter Tore recently started using the new Hohner Flex Rack although he felt that it wasn't holding the harp firmly enough so he made some modifications to hold the harps tighter.

In the end I think it really comes down to getting used to using a rack and not using your hands. I pretty much never play harmonica with out a guitar in my hands and a rack on my neck, so it has become second nature for me. The different models don't make a huge difference. The knurled plastic knobs on the K&M and Flex Rack are nice though you still have to make sure they are tight so you are not chasing your harp as it slips forward. The Farmer Arch Top doesn't have to be tightened at all it stays in a preset position.
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if you are using Gary Applegates mic stand mounted holder or similar,,, you can get more mouth pressure and better seal on your harp by stepping a foot onto the mic stand base

for this reason (and others, like not rolling around int the car) I like the stands with folding legs much better than the old Atlas style round weight bases )
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The Harp Lock may work well if you are only playing on stage, with a stationary, dedicated, vocal mike, but for casual acoustic settings like pickin' on the porch, parking lot picking, campsite jams, or for playing onstage through a shared mic you really need to use a rack.

We mic or whole band with one, two, or three large diaphragm condenser microphones, which is basically like miking an acoustic jam.

Also with a rack you are mobile, a wandering minstrel, you don't need a mic stand to practice. If the wife and kids start hurling insults and cans of vegetables at you, you can quickly move out of range.
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the harmonica holder looks like it would o.k. if you could keep your guitar still while playing. 
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When you want to buy a harmonica rack it is important first to decide if the user is only playing the harmonica or going to play another instrument while playing the harmonica.
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 I have liked the K&M rack that Bushman sells athe best of any I have ever tried - it DOES have little knobs that "tighten" the rack "in place" on BOTH sides - whereas most of the rest only tighten on one side.
 
But NOW - I am intereted in the Farmer Foot thing that Roosterrick is talking about.  -How's that working out Rooster Rick?
 
Initially - playing out of rack is awkward - and none of the racks are really "comfortable" - till you get used to them - but the issue is if the rack keeps slipping away from your mouth in the middle of a song - which is awful bad.  The K&M does this the least of any I have ever tried - but it is still a concern.  IF the Farmer Foot thing really has done away with this concern - it would be worth the price.
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jim mcbride and his bottle o blues mic corporation had come up with an innovative fix for all those racks that seem to slide out of reach - RACK IT.
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Thanks Eric, I just ordered one!
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