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Hohner 532 Blues Harp MS-Series Harmonica  

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The Hohner 532 Blues Harp Harmonica helps you dig in deep and experience the raw power and grit of the blues. The Blues Harp is engineered for consis...Read More

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      OVERVIEW

      A traditional blues harp that's specially made for 2nd-position note bending, which gives the blues its signature sound.

      The Hohner 532 Blues Harp Harmonica helps you dig in deep and experience the raw power and grit of the blues. The Blues Harp is engineered for consistent volume and tone that's ideal for intense blues playing. The Hohner Blues Harp can hang with the toughest harmonica players on their most serious gigs. The Blues Harp is highly bendable and has a dirty, dark, hard rockin' sound. One of Hohner's classic models, the 532 Blues Harp is emphasizes the best qualities of blues harmonica playing. Hohner builds the Blues Harp with a wood comb and thin reeds, allowing for easier note bending. Musicians like Steven Tyler of Aerosmith and Lil' Ronnie Owens of the Grand Dukes have favored the Hohner Blues Harp for its power and bluesy tone.

      Choose your desired key!

      About MS-Series harmonicas:
      The acronym 'MS' stands for Modular System, an integrated concept of Hohner's harmonica designs. MS-series harmonicas benefit from innovations that improve their playing characteristics and also significantly facilitate maintenance and handling. All MS-series parts (combs, reed plates, and covers) can be combined individually. Simple screw connections allow for easy assembly. This benefit offers players the possibility to adjust the instruments to their individual requirements. For example, some players prefer the body of one model and the cover plates of another, and so a "custom hybrid" is possible for the discerning player. Replacement reeds are available (see item: RP565 MS Replacement Reed Plates).

      About Hohner:
      Hohner is a family company founded in 1857 in Trossingen, Germany by Matthias Hohner. Hand-made quality and close attention to detail has set Hohner apart from the beginning. A top leading brand in harmonicas, Hohner harps are distributed worldwide. Hohner harmonicas are played on the street by buskers, in intimate nightclubs, on festival stages, and even in Carnegie Hall. Despite a diverse harmonica line used in music from country to classical genres, the most famous Hohner harmonicas are their simple, 10-hole diatonics used frequently by blues, rock, country, and folk musicians.

      FEATURES
      • 10-hole diatonic
      • Standard (Richter) tuning
      • Reeds: 20
      • Reedplates: Brass; 0.9 mm (replaceable)
      • Wood comb
      • Length: 10 cm
      • Great for 2nd-position note bending!
      • Hohner harmonicas feature:
      • Improved reed profiles to increase reed life by over 200%
      • Precision die punches to ensure reed plates with unparalleled air tightness
      • Improved tuning accuracy (through investment in innovative new tools)
      • Extremely stable stainless steel covers that won't tarnish and are easy to clean
      • Dynamic range and highest volume of most any commercially made harmonica
      • Super-fast response at all volume levels
      • Easily adjustability for overblows

      Achieve the thrills and bends of the blues on the proper harmonica when you order today.

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      Hohner532 Blues Harp MS-Series Harmonica
       
      4.5

      (based on 21 reviews)

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      93%

      of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

      Pros

      • Good audio (13)
      • Easy to play (11)
      • Quality craftsmanship (11)
      • Warm tone (11)
      • Consistent (9)

      Cons

      No Cons

      Best Uses

      • Accompaniment (9)
      • Small venues (6)
      • Soundtracks (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Experienced (10), Novice (3)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Great classic tone and bender

      I recently started playing Harp buying a 5 pack of these with the case.

      I also purchased a bunch of
      - Marine band (Natural Minor)
      - Lee Oscar (s)...Read complete review

      I recently started playing Harp buying a 5 pack of these with the case.

      I also purchased a bunch of
      - Marine band (Natural Minor)
      - Lee Oscar (s) (Diatonic and Natural Minor)
      - one Souls' voice (looks and sound like a Lee Oscar)
      - one Seydel Blues Solist Pro. Best comfort, purest sound, poor bender.

      Did not try Hering 1923 Vintage Harp yet, but soon.

      Even though all non-Hohner have a purer sound and are more comfortable to play especialy the Seydel, the Hohners Blues Harp Ms and Marine Bands have a harsher sound, more squeeling, but still quite warm, which is more appropriate for rock and blues.

      It seems it is built to reflect more waves back into the comb which creates this specific sound coloration.

      Also the Blues Harp MS bends much efficiently then all others I own. Note my Manine Bands are Natural Minor, so I cannot evaluate bending on that one.

      The Hohner diatonics are a bit hard on the mouth at first, but we get use to this quickly.

      Also I enjoy the sound of wood combs much more then platic ones, even though I know the plastic combs will last longer. Plastic sounds too clean and does not add as much harmonics as these wood combs. Note that I don't play with the same harmonica for hours, so the comb doesn't swell as much as it does for busy blues players.

      Forget about changing the reeds. The MS series is easier to open and reassemble, but the reeds are hard to find and expensive.

      Anyway I mainly accompany myself with the harmonica while playing acoustic guitar, and when I'm big enough, I will play blues with it.

      I thought as a good bass player and a decent guitar player that harmonica would be the easiest thing in the world. Sheesh! I now stand corrected. But it's a lot of fun to learn such a vibrant instrument.

      I'm now completing my 12 keys collection of Hohner Blues Harp MS.

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      No improvement to original Blues Harp

      It was time to upgrade my old bent Blues Harp, the lacquer gone from wood comb. I purchased the new MS Blues Harp. The brass plates are rough on my lips, and the...Read complete review

      It was time to upgrade my old bent Blues Harp, the lacquer gone from wood comb. I purchased the new MS Blues Harp. The brass plates are rough on my lips, and the wood comb edges are hard on my tongue. I thought it would be a breeze to bend notes. Not so, this upgraded harp is longer, wider, fatter, and takes a LOT MORE air to get a sound. If I could return it I surely would. It's not an improvement to the original Blues Harp.

      This is Hohner's response:
      "Perhaps you purchased the wrong Harp for your specific needs. There's many Harps, many Hohners. As far as quality, sound, and assembly Hohner remains unmatched by industry peofessionals."

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      4.0

      Fun harp to play!

      By Cajun Dave

      from New Mexico U.S.A.

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      Pros

      • Easy To Play
      • Quality Craftsmanship
      • Rich Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Hohner 532 Blues Harp MS-Series Harmonica:

          I bought this harp to replace my Marine Band that I have had since the late 60's. I have found that I really like this Blues Harp much better. I have had others with plastic combs but the wood comb is the way to go for me. Works great for Beatles songs since this one is in the Key of C. Works for some good bending as well.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Good Harp

          By Old Bass Wizzard

          from Bellefonte, Pa.

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

          • Accompaniment
          • Jams And Gigs
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Hohner 532 Blues Harp MS-Series Harmonica:

          Blues harps are a standard for blues, rock music.

          Comment on this review

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          great, so far

          By Lucky Luke

          from Delton, MI

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Need Adjustment Otb

          Best Uses

          • Accompaniment
          • Small Venues
          • Soundtracks

          Comments about Hohner 532 Blues Harp MS-Series Harmonica:

          I have played barine bands for years and didn't care for the older style blues harp but the MS series is a home run for Hohner. Nor only is the MS blues harp more air tight but the option to switch out reed plates and covers makes it the go to harp for me on stage. Now I just need to see how it holds up to weekly playing. So far So good

          Comment on this review

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Playing Hohner Harps for 52 Years

          By Christian Harp Player for Jesus 33 years

          from South Florida

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Hohner 532 Blues Harp MS-Series Harmonica:

              I bought my first Hohner harp for 52 years ago. The only harp I play now is the Hohner blues harp and the Musician's Friend has the best prices! I have the privilege to lead Praise & Worship services on Harp and guitar in the local jail and prison chapel services where the brothers love the sound of the harp. The Hohner blues harp has a tone and note bendability that is unequaled. Play a Hohner once and you won't play another.

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              (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              No improvement to original Blues Harp

              By CarolP5678

              from Sarasota, FL

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              Pros

                Cons

                • Sharp Brass Edges

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Hohner 532 Blues Harp MS-Series Harmonica:

                  It was time to upgrade my old bent Blues Harp, the lacquer gone from wood comb. I purchased the new MS Blues Harp. The brass plates are rough on my lips, and the wood comb edges are hard on my tongue. I thought it would be a breeze to bend notes. Not so, this upgraded harp is longer, wider, fatter, and takes a LOT MORE air to get a sound. If I could return it I surely would. It's not an improvement to the original Blues Harp.

                  This is Hohner's response:
                  "Perhaps you purchased the wrong Harp for your specific needs. There's many Harps, many Hohners. As far as quality, sound, and assembly Hohner remains unmatched by industry peofessionals."

                  Comment on this review

                  (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great Buy!!!

                  By Jamming Dude

                  from Tampa, FL

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                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Accompaniment
                    • Jazz Clubs
                    • Small Venues

                    Comments about Hohner 532 Blues Harp MS-Series Harmonica:

                    I am a band member and this is a great addition for gigs!

                    Comment on this review

                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Great product

                    By fbonilla

                    from Costa Rica

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                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Quality Craftsmanship
                    • Rich Sound
                    • Warm Tone

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Hohner 532 Blues Harp MS-Series Harmonica:

                        This is a great product, clear and strong sound, also very fine presentation and good construction. Also its parts can be replaced if necessary.

                        Comment on this review

                        (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        love it anyway

                        By guitar teacher

                        from Atlanta ga

                        About Me Novice

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent
                        • Easy To Play
                        • Ordered Twice
                        • Rich Sound
                        • Warm Tone

                        Cons

                        • First Order Had Flat Reed

                        Best Uses

                        • Accompaniment
                        • Soundtracks

                        Comments about Hohner 532 Blues Harp MS-Series Harmonica:

                        ordered twice,first had bad reed, second came really quick,, personel made it easy to exchange.
                        second harp was ok

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                        (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        A Real Classic

                        By Jimmyjuju

                        from Way up north

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                        Pros

                        • Easy To Play
                        • Quality Craftsmanship
                        • Rich Sound

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Accompaniment
                          • Small Venues

                          Comments about Hohner 532 Blues Harp MS-Series Harmonica:

                          Hohner decided to take the classic Blues Harp and "improve" on it. This harp used to be put together with nails, and was difficult to service. The case used to be a soft plastic material with snaps. Many people hate the new modular system harmonicas, but I think that they are much more practical for maintenance, and the new hard plastic case protects the instrument much better. If you still want an old-school design, buy the Marine Band. I could never see much difference between the two original models, despite claims that the Blues Harp was easier for bending notes. The new Blues Harp has retained the old pearwood comb, so if you want a truly modern model, you'll have to look for one with a plastic comb. Anyone who can hear a noticeable difference between a plastic comb and a wooden comb has a very gifted ear. Bottom line, Hohner has given its devotees several choices, and I happen to enjoy them all!

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                          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          It's all good!

                          By MotorcityBluesman

                          from Detroit MI

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                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Hohner 532 Blues Harp MS-Series Harmonica:

                              Hohner quality speaks for itself. Musician's Friend's fast service and good prices are what keep bringing me back as a customer.

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