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Hohner 268/78 Double Bass-Extended Harmonica   

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The Hohner 268/78 Double Bass-Extended Harmonica is an orchestral harp with a 10-hole extended range. Measures 11" and features 39 holes with 78 blow...Read More

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The Hohner 268/78 Double Bass-Extended Harmonica is an orchestral harp with a 10-hole extended range. Measures 11" and features 39 holes with 78 blow reeds. A preferred harmonica when you need an extended tonal range. Like the Hohner 265/58 Bass, this harmonica is hinged but continues up the scale adding 5 more tones on the high end.

Perfect for classical styles.

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  • Orchestral harmonica with a 10-hole extended range
  • Measures 11"
  • 39 holes with 78 blow reeds
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Hohner268/78 Double Bass-Extended Harmonica
 
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5.0

Not a melody instrument like other harmo

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from Florida

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      • Accompaniment
      • Jazz Clubs
      • Soundtracks

      Comments about Hohner 268/78 Double Bass-Extended Harmonica:

      Many reviews are seeming to suggest this as a melody style instrument. It is not. It is a bass rhythm instrument like an upright bass or bass guitar - providing the rhythm to a band or ensemble. It is a chromatic instrument, all the notes, sharps and flats are there, but not for melodic playing. It is Laude out like a piano keyboard, sharps, flats and B and F on the top tier, the white key notes on the bottom. B and F are also repeated there to minimize long jumps between notes and tiers. This instrument is very technique dependent, all blow notes and blowing too hard will choke the reeds and make an awkward sound. With two reeds per hole, one must feather the note to get the reeds moving. Harder to describe than do.

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      5.0

      Looking for the deep Low End octaves?

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      from NYC, NY

      Comments about Hohner 268/78 Double Bass-Extended Harmonica:

      I'm not a harmonica player really, but I do have a tendency to try all sorts of bass instruments. And of all bass harmonicas out there (maybe only like 3 manufactureres) I've only tried this one, it's a new musical approach for me, since I'm not a brass musician, but rather a string musician. I would consider obtaining one of these in the near future. I'm not into the traditional high octave harmonica sound at all, but the bass octaves of just about any instrument are amazing to me. I think only collectors, bass fanatics or professional orchestral harmonica players would appreciate this instrument. It's not a typical instrument that a self taught harmonica player would even choose. It does seem to require a bit of musical theory knowledge, but it can be self taught. The only question is, will a person seeking a harmonica sound like the low end of harmonica octaves? It sounds very similar to the bass saxophone in my opinion, just with a more of a harmonica/horn sound. Very unique instrument. I'm only rating this a 4.5 because of the uncertainty what other bass harmonicas may sound like, as they are quite uncommon and rare in general.

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      5.0

      For serious musician

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      from Canada

      Comments about Hohner 268/78 Double Bass-Extended Harmonica:

      This 268/78 Double Bass-Extended Harmonica is not for a beginner. It is a professional harmonica and was built for those who want to take their playing to the professional or band level.Understanding music would almost be a requirement for this instrument. Once again, this is not a toy and is not for the week end novice.

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      5.0

      Fine Instrument!

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      from Indiana

      Comments about Hohner 268/78 Double Bass-Extended Harmonica:

      I?ve always loved the harmonica but never had the desire to play one. In collecting orchestral instruments not only do I acquire the standard types, but enjoy looking for the lesser known. When I came across the bass harp and read about it, I found that it had an appeal I might like enough to own. After it arrived I was so impressed I fell in love with it. It had more of a deep warm tone and wide range unlike a standard harp. After a few days of learning how to produce good tone quality, I got in touch with a couple of veteran harp players who had never been in contact with one. I wanted to see what they thought. They didn?t like it and found it awkward and somewhat frustrating. However, they both agreed since this was my first harp, I might have a faster success at playing the instrument because I don?t know any different.Within a week I was doing fairly well accompanying early rock ?n roll. I didn?t try to back the lead but played toward the bass. It really added color to every song. I?ve heard harp players talk about ?safe notes? but with the bass harp it seemed either you hit the right note or you don?t. I also had to change along with the chords as well. Even as a beginner in watching and hearing standard harp players, I don?t think the blow-only bass harp has too much in common and since I still haven?t played the standard harmonica it is of no consequence. Just about every practice session I seem to be learning new techniques that hopefully I might learn to play solo which I would really like. Right now, the only solo attempts have been pan flute style and the vibrato I do with the mouth rather than the hands.Do I recommend it? I?m not qualified to do so, however I don?t think there?s too much of a choice. There may be more, but I only know of two brands; Hohner and Haun. I didn?t like the looks of the Haun and figure those who play bass harp, Hohner probably is the most popular. It is by far a very well-made and finely crafted instrument that I feel I got my money?s worth. The only problem is the bass harp may not be everyone?s cup of tea, but for horn players it could be right up your ally. It was for me. If you can find one take it for a spin and find out.

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