I usually play either "Hohner Special 20's", or "Lee Oskar's", and I wasn't sure if the Fender Blues Deville's would measure up. The Deville's are VERY nice harps! They play very well right out of the box. Their black color actually feels like a Teflon (TM) coating to the lips. Also, I was leary of the exposed reed plate, but it is very smoothly polished and absolutely no problem. I would rate the Fender Blues Deville harp an even match with the Hohner Special 20 and the Lee Oskar.