I have been using Hohner Marine Band harmonicas since the 80s, but have been open to trying different makes over the last few years. I have bought Suzuki Promasters, Lee Oskar and different ranges of Hohner before trying the Harley Benton brand. I thought it was worth a punt at under £3, especially as the reviews are mainly positive.
My personal preference has been for Marine Band harmonicas, maybe because of the years spent playing them but also they have a bit more of the gritty sound I am looking for. The Suzukis are perfectly built but sound far too smooth, Golden Melody and Lee Oksars are very nice harps, their sound being a bit more refined than the Marine Band but more character than the Suzuki.
I would put the Harley Benton Harmonicas on a par with the Lee Oskars, or at least not far below. They sound good, notes bend easily, single notes are clear. They are well made, and feel nice to play. I will probably still record with Marine Band but for live gigs, these are much more than adequate. I will be back for the whole set, it's really a no brainer considering the cost of these vs Hohners or Lee Oskars.
Harley Benton does it again!