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Hohner 590 Big River MS-Series Harmonica 

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Whether you're playing down-home melodies on your back porch or fronting a blues band, the 590 Big River harmonica gets the job done. This reliable w...Read More

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OVERVIEW

A raging-loud, comfortable staple harmonica for beginners and a sure performer for seasoned veterans.

Whether you're playing down-home melodies on your back porch or fronting a blues band, the 590 Big River harmonica gets the job done. This reliable workhorse offers Hohner's highest standard of German quality. Featuring a 10-hole, airtight, plastic body for increased volume, an open-ended cover for sound projection, and contoured covers that are comfortable to hold, the Hohner 590 Big River harmonica really delivers the sound you seek.

The Hohner 590 Big River harmonica is an attractive and robust harp model that's a fine musical instrument for beginners, with solid volume and easy playability. The 590 Big River is also the choice of seasoned veterans and professionals, who recognize the harmonicas strong, dependable performance and German quality at an affordable price. The Hohner Big River can be called one of the best-valued harmonicas on the market. It has the quality and durability of Hohner's Special 20 and Marine Band harmonicas, yet it's more affordable, plus it has the advantage of replaceable reed plates, which is a money-saving alternative to throwing away out-of-tune harmonicas.

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. Easy-to-install 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
  • 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

Ol' Man River is just waitin' for you to blow some sullen Southern sound through the Big River Harp.

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Hohner590 Big River MS-Series Harmonica
 
3.9

(based on 16 reviews)

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    (7)

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89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to play (7)
  • Consistent (6)
  • Good audio (5)
  • Quality craftsmanship (4)
  • Warm tone (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Accompaniment (6)
    • Small venues (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (4), Professional musician (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great Value

    Hohner has a winner with their Big River harp. They offer many different models of harmonicas, and the Big River is German made with a modest price tag compared to most of their...Read complete review

    Hohner has a winner with their Big River harp. They offer many different models of harmonicas, and the Big River is German made with a modest price tag compared to most of their others. It has a plastic comb and is put together with screws for ease of maintenance. The covers and comb have support pillars, which is a nice feature if you've ever accidently crushed a harmonica. The design is of the new Modular System, which allows you to swap out reed plates if desired. Frankly, at the current price, I would just buy a new one if needed. A hard plastic protective case is provided, with a good design for air circulation. The right end of the harp is painted with the letter of the key, and the back of the comb is painted with the name Hohner. These two features give a quick reference as to orientation when you pick it up to play at a gig. Just don't clean the letters with alcohol, as they do come off (I found out the hard way). The notes on mine are tuned as accurately as most Hohners, and the tonal quality is quite good. This model is one of the best bargains in the diatonic harmonica world. Highly recommended!

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    Sounds good, feels solid but does not last long

    The sound is full and in tune, the construction feels solid; after all it is made in Germany. However, this is the 3rd or 4th harmonica in this line that only lasted a...Read complete review

    The sound is full and in tune, the construction feels solid; after all it is made in Germany. However, this is the 3rd or 4th harmonica in this line that only lasted a few months. As I mentioned, I am NOT a hardcore heavy user, so I expected a lot longer life out of these instruments. I hope to find another option that will last longer. I wish someone would offer a solid intermediate harmonica that wouldn't break the bank--somewhere in between the current offerings of crap and high-end.
    I am a full-time live singer-guitarist who only plays harmonica on a handful of songs during my gigs. The Big River series seemed at first like a real step up from the cheap harmonicas I had been using (Jambone, etc.) but it has been a disappointment.

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    4.0

    good enough for most

    By mike

    from tennessee

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Easy To Play
    • Rich Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Accompaniment
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Hohner 590 Big River MS-Series Harmonica:

      can' ask for better for the price

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      4.0

      Good Practice Harp

      By Hobbit21

      from Waynesboro, PA

      About Me Novice

      Ask me a question

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Easy To Play

      Cons

      • Flat Sound

      Best Uses

        Comments about Hohner 590 Big River MS-Series Harmonica:

        This is a good practice harp. Overall it's ok for the price but it's the second one that I bought and both of them have a couple of dead notes. I may have to adjust the reeds on them to get a full sound. Not bad for the price but if you can afford it-go for the Special 20 or the Golden Melody.

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        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Harmonica for the Money!!

        By tlc9313

        from WNC..

        About Me Professional Musician

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Accompaniment
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Hohner 590 Big River MS-Series Harmonica:

          Excellent Buy sounds great for the Money!!

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          4.0

          Great Harmonica for the price

          By Ultimate Powa

          from Columbia Plateau, WA

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Cheap With Quality
          • Consistent
          • Easy To Play

          Cons

          • Haven't Had Any Yet

          Best Uses

          • Accompaniment

          Comments about Hohner 590 Big River MS-Series Harmonica:

          Great Harmonica for the price.

          Obviously if you're a pro, you're gonna want something of high quality.

          As for just playing here and there and the occansional accompaniment, this harmonica is perfect.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Blow, Gabriel, Blow

          By JSR Studios

          from Bethlehem, PA

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Accompaniment

            Comments about Hohner 590 Big River MS-Series Harmonica:

            Great blow for the buck. Costs a little less than the Lee Oskar, but I think it has a better feel and better tone. I only wish that instead of getting a multi-page advertisement and an insert on tuning alternatives, that there would just be some "harmonica basics" for a beginner like myself, maybe even a song or two tabbed, and a scale of the actual harmonica purchased

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Great Value

            By Jimmyjuju

            from Way up north

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            Ask me a question

            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Great Value

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Accompaniment
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Hohner 590 Big River MS-Series Harmonica:

              Hohner has a winner with their Big River harp. They offer many different models of harmonicas, and the Big River is German made with a modest price tag compared to most of their others. It has a plastic comb and is put together with screws for ease of maintenance. The covers and comb have support pillars, which is a nice feature if you've ever accidently crushed a harmonica. The design is of the new Modular System, which allows you to swap out reed plates if desired. Frankly, at the current price, I would just buy a new one if needed. A hard plastic protective case is provided, with a good design for air circulation. The right end of the harp is painted with the letter of the key, and the back of the comb is painted with the name Hohner. These two features give a quick reference as to orientation when you pick it up to play at a gig. Just don't clean the letters with alcohol, as they do come off (I found out the hard way). The notes on mine are tuned as accurately as most Hohners, and the tonal quality is quite good. This model is one of the best bargains in the diatonic harmonica world. Highly recommended!

              Comment on this review

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Best bang for the buck

              By TShip

              from Jacksonville, FL

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Accompaniment
                • Jazz Clubs

                Comments about Hohner 590 Big River MS-Series Harmonica:

                My favorite harps are Hohner Special 20s but, with the significant rise in price of the better quality harps, I have reached a compromise and have been purchasing the Big River harps. While not as warm or easy to play as the Special 20s (or the Lee Oskars), you get a decent sound and playability with these harps for a much lower cost.

                I personally find these easier to play than the Hohner Pro Harps and Golden Melodies - I don't like the Pro Harps finish and the Golden Melody harps are narrow, making it more difficult to form an airtight seal with the lips, especially when using a brace.

                An added bonus is you can replace the reeds with MS replacement plates.

                Comment on this review

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Big River growls with the best of them!

                By Big Leg Hambone

                from Lexington , NC

                About Me Professional Musician

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Hohner 590 Big River MS-Series Harmonica:

                    I've been playing blues over 30 years. I've tried every kind Honner has come out plus Lee Oscar. Due to the fast increase in the price of harps and me being hard on them I trued the Big River. For amplified blues harp you can't beat the value because you still get a rich sound and easy to bend notes with also. The price is right for me to keep spares of all the keys I carry.

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                    (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    2.0

                    . big river harp

                    By gospel 3

                    from ironton,Mo.

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                    Pros

                    • None

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Hohner 590 Big River MS-Series Harmonica:

                        big river harp is the worst. leaks badly go for the special 20

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                        (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        2.0

                        Sounds good, feels solid but does not last long

                        By ECsongs

                        from Southern California

                        Comments about Hohner 590 Big River MS-Series Harmonica:

                        The sound is full and in tune, the construction feels solid; after all it is made in Germany. However, this is the 3rd or 4th harmonica in this line that only lasted a few months. As I mentioned, I am NOT a hardcore heavy user, so I expected a lot longer life out of these instruments. I hope to find another option that will last longer. I wish someone would offer a solid intermediate harmonica that wouldn't break the bank--somewhere in between the current offerings of crap and high-end.
                        I am a full-time live singer-guitarist who only plays harmonica on a handful of songs during my gigs. The Big River series seemed at first like a real step up from the cheap harmonicas I had been using (Jambone, etc.) but it has been a disappointment.

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