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The double set of reeds on Hohner's Echo Celeste create music with a beautiful, vibrato effect. Special tuning produces a distinctive tremolo sound. ...Read More

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An especially great sound for ballads, folk, and gospel.

The double set of reeds on Hohner's Echo Celeste create music with a beautiful, vibrato effect. Special tuning produces a distinctive tremolo sound. Silver brass reeds, laser engraved covers, and padded zipper case.

FEATURES
  • 24 Double Holes
  • 48 reeds
  • Plastic Comb
  • Available in all 12 keys
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Hohner455 Echo Celeste Tremolo Harmonica
 
4.6

(based on 31 reviews)

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88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to play (12)
  • Good audio (11)
  • Warm tone (10)
  • Quality craftsmanship (8)
  • Consistent (6)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Accompaniment (9)
    • Small venues (9)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (10), Novice (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    A good instrument for the price!

    I am primarily a guitarists who also plays blues harp player, using both the original Hohner Marine Band (wooden comb) and Marine Band Special 20 (plastic comb) harmonicas. Most harp players agree...Read complete review

    I am primarily a guitarists who also plays blues harp player, using both the original Hohner Marine Band (wooden comb) and Marine Band Special 20 (plastic comb) harmonicas. Most harp players agree that the quality of the German made MB instruments is legendary. However, opinions are mixed regarding the Chinese Hohners Some of the negative reviews are well deserved.

    I saw a demonstration of a tremolo harmonica (a different brand) on YouTube and decided that I had to own at least one tremolo harp. I bought an Echo Celeste (tuned in C) because the price was reasonable and it had a neoprene case.

    I am impressed by the quality construction and great sound of the harmonica. Although made in China instead of Germany, the Echo Celeste is well built and has a nice solid feel. The tone is heavenly, with sufficient volume to be heard with other instruments.

    There is a learning curve involved in playing a 20 hole harp, but it doesn't take much practice to get a good sound out of the instrument. Always remember that you cannot honk on a tremolo harmonica the way you play a blues harp. It must be blown gently and evenly, otherwise you could damage the reeds. The Echo Celeste is designed to sound somewhat like an accordion and it does that job well.

    All things considered, the Echo Celeste is one of the best Hohner purchases you can make. Like many who have reviewed various Chinese Hohners on this web site, I am not a big fan of mass-manufactured Chinese musical instruments. However, I think the Echo Celeste is a worthwhile addition to my modest harmonica collection. I liked the C tuned model so much that I also purchased G and D models to fill out the set.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    455 ECHO Celeste Tremolo

    I am very disappointed with the Celeste. The 1st hole of the middle octave is very weak. This harp takes a lot of breath to play. Since I have no clue as to...Read complete review

    I am very disappointed with the Celeste. The 1st hole of the middle octave is very weak. This harp takes a lot of breath to play. Since I have no clue as to how to adjust reeds, I'll just have to live with it and maybe later as I become a better tremolo player the Celeste will suddenly become a better harp.

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    2.0

    455 ECHO Celeste Tremolo

    By terryg

    from Leesburg, GA

    About Me Novice

    Pros

    • Quality Craftsmanship
    • Warm Tone

    Cons

    • Inconsistent
    • Takes A Lot Of Breath
    • Weak Sound

    Best Uses

      Comments about Hohner 455 Echo Celeste Tremolo Harmonica:

      I am very disappointed with the Celeste. The 1st hole of the middle octave is very weak. This harp takes a lot of breath to play. Since I have no clue as to how to adjust reeds, I'll just have to live with it and maybe later as I become a better tremolo player the Celeste will suddenly become a better harp.

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      4.0

      Reeds go flat

      By MJ

      from Dayton Ohio

      About Me Professional Musician

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      Pros

      • Easy To Play
      • Warm Tone

      Cons

      • Flat Sound
      • Frequent Cleaning

      Best Uses

      • Accompaniment
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Hohner 455 Echo Celeste Tremolo Harmonica:

      I have 3 in differing keys. The first one I purchased was "D." Notes began going flat not long after I purchased it. However, it was good enough to provoke me into buying 2 more. As a last ditch effort I took it apart. Found some stuck reeds. It works much better now but 1 or 2 reeds no longer work but they are in different notes. I use it a lot. Will probably buy another to replace it.
      BTW, the other 2 I purchased do not show any of the same symptoms but I do not use them as often as the "D."

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      3.0

      Almost Perfect

      By shewcn

      from Bainbridge NY

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Play
      • Quality Craftsmanship
      • Rich Sound
      • Warm Tone

      Cons

      • Inconsistent

      Best Uses

      • Accompaniment

      Comments about Hohner 455 Echo Celeste Tremolo Harmonica:

      Nice instrument except for the 4 upper notes which are either dead or very difficult to get any sound.

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      4.0

      Great sound

      By Biglen

      from Sterling Hgts. michigan

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Easy To Play
      • Warm Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Church Worship
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Hohner 455 Echo Celeste Tremolo Harmonica:

        It just adds that extra something to your songs.

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        5.0

        repeat performance

        By doc

        from Cleveland , SC

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Easy To Play
        • Quality Craftsmanship
        • Rich Sound
        • Warm Tone

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Accompaniment
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Hohner 455 Echo Celeste Tremolo Harmonica:

          I am a repeat customer and still well pleased with value and performance. I have several of these in different keys.

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Harp

          By Biglen

          from Sterling Hgts. michigan

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Easy To Play
          • Rich Sound
          • Warm Tone

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

          • Accompaniment
          • Gospel Music Folk
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Hohner 455 Echo Celeste Tremolo Harmonica:

          I got more positive comments about the songs played with the harp accompaniment then without it. People really enjoyed the sound of the tremolo and it makes the song sound full.

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          I really enjoy my new harmonica

          By mikedoc50

          from York SC

          About Me Novice

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Play
          • I Make My Own Songs
          • Rich Sound

          Cons

          • I Have No Cons

          Best Uses

          • I Play For My Friends
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Hohner 455 Echo Celeste Tremolo Harmonica:

          I really enjoy my new harmonica ! Its better sounding than the smaller ones I have ! I play for my family and frineds at work! I also make my own music ! The sound is very awesome and im going to make another order soon because I want the whole set ! The price of this instrument was very good and affordable Thank You

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          (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          grest sound projects good

          By Harmonica Man

          from Grand Rapids MI

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Easy To Play
          • Rich Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Accompaniment
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Hohner 455 Echo Celeste Tremolo Harmonica:

            having a octive and a half helps to make songs stand out

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            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Good

            By hummer 300

            from Topeka,Ks

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            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Quality Craftsmanship
            • Warm Tone

            Cons

            • Not The Sound One Would E

            Best Uses

            • Accompaniment
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Hohner 455 Echo Celeste Tremolo Harmonica:

            Doesn't have that full bodied sound I like, but it is still a really good instrument for the price.

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            (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            I am impressed!

            By Jimmyjuju

            from Way up north

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            Pros

            • Rich Sound
            • Warm Tone

            Cons

            • Quality Control

            Best Uses

            • Accompaniment
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Hohner 455 Echo Celeste Tremolo Harmonica:

            Having played 10-hole diatonics all of my life, I just recently got interested in tremolo harmonicas. Most of them are rather expensive, and I never felt compelled to try them. Then I bought a used double-sided Hohner echo, and became fascinated with the tone and the way it sounds when playing folk music. But it won't fit in my harmonica rack which I use when playing guitar, because of its shape. So I thought that I would try the Celeste, after reading good reviews. I was impressed that it was solo tuned, and available in different keys. Normally I won't buy instruments made in China, but I'm glad that I did. The tone is beautiful, and the design makes it easy to take apart for repairs and cleaning. I plan to buy more, to use for certain songs that I play that would benefit from its unique effect. The only faults that I could find on my Celeste were two notes that were not quite tuned as accurately as the others, and a plastic comb that has a slight curvature (you really have to look to notice it). I would recommend this to anyone interested in trying a different type of harmonica that adds an interesting sound to the right song. It will be money well spent, and it's fun to play, with a sweet sound.

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