Brand Stories

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“People don’t buy products… they buy stories”

– Lee Oskar

Stories that connect customers to Lee Oskar Harmonicas.
Sharing a world of music, one genre at a time.

Who We Are

Lee Oskar Harmonicas is a globally respected brand built on a commitment to consistent excellence, shared by Lee Oskar, world-renowned harmonica virtuoso, and Tombo Manufacturing of Japan, a multi-generational musical instrument manufacturer established in 1917.

Our Brand Evolution

Lee Oskar & Tombo – A Family Commitment to Excellence

Lee Oskar set the stage with his hugely successful career as a founding member and lead harmonica player for the legendary funk/jazz group, that brought the world mega-hits such as “Why Can’t We Be Friends“, “The World is a Ghetto“, “Cisco Kid“, “Slippin’ into Darkness” and “LowRider“. Including Lee’s solo compositions such as “Before the Rain“, “My Road“, “Haunted House” and many more.  As a globally renowned touring musician, Lee was uniquely equipped to ultimately become a revolutionary harmonica maker.

In the 1970’s, Lee had grown increasingly frustrated with the poor quality of harmonicas that were on the market and was inspired to change the industry.  

So Lee set out to find a superior quality manufacturer that could meet his needs and bring his design concepts to life. Finally, in the early ’80’s, he found the perfect partner in Tombo Manufacturing of Japan, a multi-generational harmonica manufacturer known for excellence since 1917. Together, Lee Oskar and Tombo collaborated closely to perfect Lee Oskar Harmonicas, pairing Lee’s design ideas, creativity and musical knowledge with Tombo’s manufacturing expertise and commitment to superlative quality. To this day, the Lee Oskar Harmonicas brand is known and respected around the world for consistent excellence, innovation and meticulous craftsmanship.

Our Brand Philosophy

Harmonica is an instrument for ALL

At Lee Oskar Harmonicas, we believe that harmonica is an instrument for all, so we dedicate ourselves to expanding market demand beyond solo harmonica players–to reach guitarists, singer-songwriters, and instrumentalists of all kinds, levels and styles.  We proudly promote the harmonica as an amazing compositional tool, useful for all kinds of musicians, as well as an endless source of enjoyment for music lovers of all levels of ability, spanning all genres of music.