Seydel Nonslider Chromatic Harmonica

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The NONSLIDER Chromatic is exactly what it says it is...a chromatic harmonica without a slide! Its a very reliable instrument that is virtually maintenance free. 48 tuning stable, stainless steel reeds guarantee a great sound and a long playing pleasure. Furthermore, stuck valves or a jammed slider are things of the past.

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Specialist mouthpiece cleanser for instruments with mouthpieces that may need cleaning and/or lubricating. Works great for all types of harmonicas with or withoutslides.


 Is there a chromatic harmonica ...

... with direct tone response like a Blues Harmonica?

... that works WITHOUT slider and WITHOUT valves?

... on which techniques like bending or overblow are playable?

The answer is YES. It's the NONSLIDER Chromatic DE LUXE STEEL. This instrument is a design study in a limited edition, that opens up many new possibilities for the players to play chromatically, no matter if they have played chromatic harmonica or diatonic blues harmonica before!

The NONSLIDER Chromatic is a very reliable instrument that is virtually maintenance free. 48 tuning stable, stainless steel reeds guarantee a great sound and a long playing pleasure. Furthermore, stuck valves or a jammed slider are things of the past.

 How does the NONSLIDER Chromatic principle work?

With the help of the newly developed double-row mouthpiece, the semitones are reached simply by tilting the instrument. A slight angling down or up is sufficient to reach all chromatic notes by directly playing the corresponding holes on the respective row.

 The notes on the lower row of holes are the same like in the "slide-pressed position" on standard chromatic harmonicas. The instrument is tilted down or up, or the player changes the position of his lips (pointed-mouth technique/lip-pursing) to reach the right notes.

 "Tilting" the instrument to reach all semitones - just holes - no slider!

 After a little bit of practicing-time, playing comes quite intuitively and automatically, even for players who have been using a slider for years.

 What is the tone structure of the NONSLIDER Chromatic?

The NONSLIDER Chromatic is built in the common solo tuning and is equipped with SEYDEL's durable stainless steel reeds. In addition, since the tone slider is no longer needed, the instrument is extremely airtight and allows very dynamic playing.

 What new playing options does the NONSLIDER Chromatic offer?

The NONSLIDER Chromatic opens up great new playing options, which you have been looking for unsuccessfull so far with chromatic harmonicas so far! The valves typical for chromatic harmonicas have been removed completely. This makes techniques playable that are otherwise only known from the Blues Harmonica.

 Tone Table: NONSLIDER Chromatic - solo tuning in C/C#, as with a chromatic, but optionally with many additional achievable bending and overblow tones:

 Bending tones and overblows work just as well as on the Blues Harmonica: These alternatively playable tones considerably expand the tonal color of the instrument and thus the possibilities of the player's musical expression. Many of the tones can be produced in different ways.

 Technical data:

  • innovative CNC milled double row halfmoon-shaped mouthpiece with 2 x 12 round holes (replaces the slider pack)
  • maintenance free and air tight: low air consumption and very dynamic playing
  • full, loud sound and fast direct tone response
  • stainless steel reeds (48 pcs.): durability and tuning stability even under heavy use
  • solo tuning in C: the 12x2 channels correspond to three full octaves of standard chromatic instruments
  • equal temperament, concert pitch a' = 443 Hz (pitch drops slightly if played with a certain pressure)
  • very airtight construction (without slider)
  • no valves: absolutely insensitive to moisture
  • tolerance-optimized reed plates made of German silver yield excellent flatness
  • corrosion-free stainless steel cover plates
  • robust, high-precision CNC milled comb made of acrylic glass with optimized cells for ideal tone response; semi-transparent orange
  • together with a suited harmonica holder the NONSLIDER Chromatic can be played handsfree (please refer to the tips section above)

Please note: all parts of the NONSLIDER Chromatic are made from anti-corrosive materials.


Harmonica Type


Number of Holes
Mouthpiece Hole Shape
Harmonica Comb Material
Orange Plastic

Reed Plates

Harmonica Reed Material
Stainless Steel
Spare Reedplates Available
Valved Harmonica


A, Bb, C, D, G, Low C, Low D, Low E, Low F,
Low keys available

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Customer reviews

4.9 / 5
9 reviews for Seydel Nonslider Chromatic Harmonica
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Robert Coutts
Very good quslity ***
Rated 5 out of 5
David Wright
I'd steered clear of chromatics till I came across this non-slider. No moving parts (aside from the reeds of course!), so less to go wrong!
Rated 5 out of 5
Alan Johnson
It's a superb harmonica. All the reeds played easily - providing good consistent sound across the three octaves. Straight forward layout of the notes making it easy to become familiar with the instrument and a joy to play.
I liked the spacing between the blow/draw holes - slightly larger than a typical diatonic harp, which helps keep the individuality and clarity of each note. The one piece cover provides a very smooth surface for ones lips to slide over.
Well designed and very nicely made.
Rated 5 out of 5
Ian Carter
I recently heard about this new design of non-slider chromatic so I have bought one to try. The quality of manufacture is excellent. The principle certainly works but like any new system it will take me a while to learn to play acceptably!
Rated 4 out of 5
Roger Reed
A high quality product from one of the big players in the harmonica world.
Suitable for all styles of music....and with it's unique approach to chromatic note provision, can inspire creativity with the best tones available from it's stainless steel reeds. Highly recommended.....every serious player from Blues through Popular and Folk to Classical should have one....
Rated 5 out of 5

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