Our Metalized TurboLids is one of our more popular TurboLids. The sleek and classic look of these "chrome" & "gold" plated custom harmonica cover plates will always be a head-turner and definitely are one of our "futuristic" products. Add in our patented TurboLid design and you truly have a personalized harp.
(Plating is not actual gold, or chrome, but vacuum deposited alloy that looks like chrome or gold.)
One of the coolest features of these is that they are engravable. The metal-plated material easily allows laser engraving of personal messages.
TurboLids are our patented and revolutionary design in custom harmonica cover plates - they are the Harp Cover of the Future! The "futuristic" look sets them apart from all the rest, and provide high quality functionality. TurboLids are ergonomic & airtight in design, have nice smooth edges, and are made from durable poly-carbonate which is virtually unbreakable. TurboLids not only look amazing but they will eliminate all sharp edges and screws that are found on your typical blues harmonica.
The sleek and stylish two-piece housing unit is a stunning custom harmonica with an ergonomic design that helps eliminate hand-cramping. It provides an improved hand-cupping seal to give you better volume, tone, and expression. You can now get those “wah-wah” sound effects like never before. With so many colors and designs to choose from, you can truly show off your own style and unique personality.
- Sleek and stylish two-piece snap on cover plates
- Streamlined form factor – no sharp points or edges anywhere
- Moustache & facial hair friendly!
- Fits your hand ergonomically and improves hand-cupping abilities
- Increases forward sound-projection
- Hypoallergenic and non toxic
- Easily removable for tuning or cleaning
- Available in a wide variety of colors and styles
- Chrome & Gold plated TurboLids are engravable
TurboLid US Patent # 6,291,751
Choose between engravable Chrome or Gold Plated TurboLids
TurboLids Compatability List
Easily replace the cover plates on your existing harmonicas!
* We supply a free adapter for Marine Band harps
Our Turbo Series Harps
Checkout our The Turbo Series - we have done the work for you!
The TurboLids can't be self installed on these models, but we have modified them to fit the TurboLid:
Our Turbo Series also includes already modified versions of your favorites:
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Marine Band Adapter User Guide
Frequently Asked Questions
All harmonicas aren't shaped the same...We would love if the TurboLid fit all harmonicas, but unfortunately some need adjustments, or won't fit. That's why we are working to increase the list to include all of your favorites, and making modifications where we can.
Hohner Crossover The harmonica is too small. Shims are needed on both the width and the length of the harmonica. We offer a modified version called the TurboCrossover
Hohner Marine Band The harmonica body is not wide enough. A shim is needed to keep the harmonica from slipping out of place. We offer a modified version called the TurboMB
Suzuki Manji The comb is too wide. The width of the harmonica needs to be filed down in order to fit. We offer a modified version called the TurboManji
Suzuki ProMaster The comb is too wide. The width is just 1mm too wide. The width would need to be filed down in order to fit.
Suzuki Olive The harmonica body is too large.
Seydel Blues Session Steel The harmonica body is too large.
Not exactly....as you can imagine, we've had many requests for a Lee Oskar TurboLid. We would definitely consider making one if not for the tremendous cost of tooling. So, we've worked backwards and in a more economic fashion. Dr. Antaki has created a tooling process to trim/grind down LO plates to fit within a comb, so as to fit within the existing TurboLid. The result is the TurboLX.
There are two styles, an old and a new. The TurboLid will fit the old style, but not the new, which is based on the Hohner MS system. You can check yourself by measuring the dimensions of the comb. If it is about 100 mm wide then it will fit. If 104 mm wide, then it will be too big (by 4 mm, surprisingly enough).
Most harmonica players are taught to hold the harmonica (primarily) in the left hand, while some hold it in their right hand and use the left for vibratos, wah-wahs, etc. The Turbolid was designed for players who hold the harp in their left hands. The larger end is intended to go at the bass end. This provides additional resonance to the bass notes and clearance to the 1-reed, thereby reducing buzzing. But the Turbolid can be attached to the harp either way. We have a few satisfied customers who use it "backwards."
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It was the first purchase in your shop, and I didn't know how it would go. The turbo lids have arrived despite my concern, this is because I have written to you 2 times by email and on your website page without receiving any response. The turbo lids fit well on my special 20 but unfortunately I can't do the overblows anymore when they come out easily with the original covers. so I've already removed them and put them back in the box. Later I'll try again maybe I'll have to change the technique on the embouchure but I don't think, I think they don't work for this way of playing.
The mirror finish makes the molded brace from the other side really show up. The ones with a busy finish don’t really make it stand out so much.
Thanks for your feedback, Barry; and sorry about the blemish on the brace. That's the location where the part is clamped when vacuum metalized. In the future, I'll try to hide it better. Most obliged.
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