So, for better or worse, its back to Hohner. It has a sound no other harmonica brand can duplicate. Even their cheap Chinese made harps, as bad as the quality is, even though they last only a few months, still have that great Hohner sound. I'm guessing I'll probably rotate between Special 20s and Marine Bands or MS Blues Harps. But I still really wish Hohner would upgrade the Old Standby. If you look at the Marine Band series, it has every model, except a low priced model comparable to the MS series' Big River Harp. The Old Standby should be returned to its original design, made in Germany, and sold at a low price to be the Marine Band series' low price entry.
Come on, Hohner! Fix the Old Standby!