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Hohner 560 Special 20 Harmonica  

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        The go-to harp for professionals and the first choice for those learning to play.

        The Special 20 is the go-to harp for harmonica players of any style, including blues, country, folk, or rock. The Special 20 delivers the coveted Marine Band sound and offers the benefits of its plastic comb: it doesn't absorb moisture so it won't swell, shrink, or crack; it lasts longer and is more airtight than wood combs that can become swollen, twisted, and warped; airtight construction provides increased responsiveness; plastic provides comfort and it's smoother on the lips, preventing chafing.

        Another plus of the Hohner 560 Special 20 is that the harmonica's reed plates are recessed into the comb. This keeps the sharp edges of the brass reed plates (found on most harps) from harming your lips. The Special 20 is the harp-of-choice of harmonica virtuoso John Popper of the band Blues Traveler and was played by Bob Dylan on his 2007-2008 tour. Chances are your favorite player has several of these harmonicas in his case.

        Choose your desired key!

        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
        • Professional quality
        • Standard (Richter) tuning
        • Genuine brass plates
        • Plastic comb
        • Bolted-on covers
        • Reeds: 20
        • Reedplates: brass; 0.9 mm
        • Plastic comb
        • Length: 10 cm
        • 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

        order the 560 Special 20 today and get an awesome response, superior bendability, and the sweetest tone.

         
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        Hohner560 Special 20 Harmonica
         
        4.7

        (based on 71 reviews)

        Ratings Distribution

        • 5 Stars

           

          (55)

        • 4 Stars

           

          (12)

        • 3 Stars

           

          (1)

        • 2 Stars

           

          (3)

        • 1 Stars

           

          (0)

        98%

        of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

        Pros

        • Good audio (32)
        • Easy to play (31)
        • Consistent (28)
        • Quality craftsmanship (26)
        • Warm tone (24)

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Accompaniment (22)
          • Small venues (11)
          • Soundtracks (7)
          • Jazz clubs (5)
          • Blues (3)
            • Reviewer Profile:
            • Novice (22), Experienced (14), Professional musician (8)

          Most Liked Positive Review

           

          A great harmonica well worth the money

          If you've read this far, then that means I've hopefully held your interest. This is one of the best harps I have played, and you owe it to yourself to pick one up...Read complete review

          If you've read this far, then that means I've hopefully held your interest. This is one of the best harps I have played, and you owe it to yourself to pick one up and give it a shot. The construction is fantastic, tone quality is superb, and the playability is the best I've ever had.
          There isn't a whole lot to say about the features of this harmonica. Few have anything special beyond the standard build, but I will say Hohner's move to push home-repairs is a great boon, and this harmonica suits it. Keep in mind harmonicas, even those with plastic combs, DO need to be repaired/replaced. The reeds can and will go out at some point, so they will need to be replaced. Thankfully, it's a simple affair made even simpler by Hohner by offering replacement parts and tools (sold separately).

          It does come with a case (assuming you just order an individual harp), but I wouldn't rely on it too much. It's a hard plastic case, and the harp does jiggle around in it. Odds are, if you're going to be running around with a harmonica, you've probably invested in a set of these and have a nice case to carry them in.
          I've played a few different harps over the years, and I finally decided to drop a little extra scratch and pick up the Special 20 (a buddy of mine swears by them).

          I'm primarily a hill country style blues harp player, so I needed something that had a strong, even sound, and allowed me to bend easily. This is it. I've played Chicago Blues harps, and the Piedmont Blues set, and those are absolute tripe compared to this beauty of a harmonica. It plays so well, I barely have to make any effort.. And it's LOUD!

          Solid construction, with some nice weight to it makes me feel very comfortable playing it. Plastic combs mean you don't have to worry as much about moisture, which is a good thing. Wood would probably sound better, but if you're like me, you hate it when facial hair gets ripped out by the harp (which WILL happen with a wood comb - it'll expand and catch your hair like nobody's business).

          If you're looking for a harp worthy of doing some raw blues, I'd say look no further. This baby can bend and wail with ease.
          I bought a Piedmont Blues 7 piece set with case about a year ago for the same price as this one harmonica.

          I wasted my money then. Sure, $30-something for a harmonica may seem like a lot (especially if you're buying multiple keys), but you simply can't beat the quality of it. You may be surprised to learn that you can spend upwards of $100-150 bucks on a hand-machined harp, and while you're getting a really nice harp for that value, you are getting diminishing returns. This is the sweet spot right here.

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          Most Liked Negative Review

           

          quality control?

          I give these harps a 9 if they are working. A "0" if they fall apart.
          I've been playing Special 20's essentially ever since they first appeared on...Read complete review

          I give these harps a 9 if they are working. A "0" if they fall apart.
          I've been playing Special 20's essentially ever since they first appeared on the market. As a weekend musican who gigs once/twice per week and plays each of the 6 harps I use in 2-3 songs each per night, these are just what I need. Tone, quality, play-ability. A worthy improvement over the Hohner Blues Harps I used before these came out.
          They used to be first-rate. The reeds lasted much longer than those of their predecessors. Over the last year, they inexplicably started just coming apart. I mean literally, the little screws that hold the things together just come loose and fall out. Try finding one of those little bastards on the the floor of a stage in a bar sometime. You basically throw the harp away and buy another for. This has happened to me four times in the last year.
          Great if they stay together. They are worthless if they fall apart.

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          5.0

          Amazing

          By Flyfishing bob

          from North ogden ut

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Hohner 560 Special 20 Harmonica:

              I love it! Cant put it down

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              5.0

              Great harp

              By buck

              from High Point, NC

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              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Easy To Play
              • Great Dynamic Range
              • Quality Craftsmanship
              • Rich Sound
              • Warm Tone

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Hohner 560 Special 20 Harmonica:

                  Blows great. Volume/dynamic range is excellent. You can get loud without too much effort and play quietly with just a minimum of air. Intonation is spot-on throughout the tonal range.

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                  5.0

                  Can't go wrong...

                  By CRITTER

                  from USA

                  About Me Novice

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Hohner 560 Special 20 Harmonica:

                      After searching for a harmonica that I could use to learn various types of music the Special 20 won HANDS DOWN!

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                      2.0

                      Reeds breakdown too quickly

                      By AReid

                      from Baltimore, MD

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Absolutely Love The Sound
                      • Easy To Play
                      • Love The Sound And Feel
                      • Price Is Comparable
                      • Rich Sound

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Accompaniment

                        Comments about Hohner 560 Special 20 Harmonica:

                        I've been playing Hohner Special 20s for over 20 years. However, the last four I've purchased had the 4 hole draw die within a couple of weeks. Granted, I play crossharp so I use the 4 hole draw a lot. But I've never experienced the speed at which this hole now dies. This is very frustrating and at 35-41 per pop, this is very frustrating, and expensive. As much as I hate to switch, I'm probably going to try some Lee Oskars. I recommend others search for an alternative as well.

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                        5.0

                        harmonica

                        By Regg

                        from Illinois

                        About Me Novice

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Play
                        • Excellent
                        • Warm Tone

                        Cons

                        • None

                        Best Uses

                        • Beginners

                        Comments about Hohner 560 Special 20 Harmonica:

                        Only a beginner. Wish to learn more. Need t find more sites that have songs with tabs for learning.

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                        5.0

                        A Blues Harp That Can Take the Abuse

                        By Jack K.

                        from Tamaqua, PA

                        About Me Professional Musician

                        Pros

                        • Consistent
                        • Quality Craftsmanship

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Hohner 560 Special 20 Harmonica:

                            After 50 years the Special 20 has become my "go-to" blues harp. They are robust, and the plastic comb doesn't warp, expand or contract. The notes bend readily, and each harp lasts as long as any I've tried.

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                            5.0

                            Looks Good

                            By banjo

                            from Wichita, Kansas

                            About Me Novice

                            Pros

                            • Consistent
                            • Easy To Play
                            • Quality Craftsmanship

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Hohner 560 Special 20 Harmonica:

                                I'm just getting started playing harmonica but it seems like a quality product.

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                                5.0

                                Still one of the best

                                By Dagwood Wilson

                                from Richmond VA

                                About Me Professional Musician

                                Pros

                                • Consistent
                                • Easy On The Lips
                                • Easy To Play
                                • Quality Craftsmanship
                                • Rich Sound

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Accompaniment
                                  • Blues Band
                                  • Small Venues
                                  • Soundtracks

                                  Comments about Hohner 560 Special 20 Harmonica:

                                  Still the best harp for the money. Good tone,easy to play. These are my primary gig harps.

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                                  5.0

                                  Great value for the money

                                  Pros

                                  • Rich Sound
                                  • Warm Tone

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Accompaniment

                                    Comments about Hohner 560 Special 20 Harmonica:

                                    Best product from Hohner when it comes to "what do I get for my money. Pretty much tone, and easy to replace the reedplates. After having gone through my personal odyssee "which one is the best affordable harp" , I ended up with the SP 20. Beginners be aware, before you excel your budget, stick with this nice instrument!

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                                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    4.0

                                    A Ten Hole Orchestra

                                    By Brad

                                    from McCleary, Washington

                                    About Me Novice

                                    Ask me a question

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Consistent
                                    • Quality Craftsmanship
                                    • Rich Sound
                                    • Warm Tone

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Accompaniment
                                      • Jazz Clubs
                                      • Small Venues
                                      • Soundtracks

                                      Comments about Hohner 560 Special 20 Harmonica:

                                      I recently entered a review on this Hohner Harmonica and made reference to the Con being that it was made in Japan. I have recently purchased a couple Lee Oskar Harmonica's and mistook which Harp I was reviewing. This is an excellent product.

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