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A blues harp that lives up to its look and name offering powerful dynamics and evocative note-bending.

The 595BL Blue Midnight 10-hole, hand-tuned diatonic harmonica gets its name from the highly-influential instrumental workout by blues harp genious Little Walter Jacobs. Crafted to replicate those legendary bends and warbles, the Blue Midnight harp is set apart by an evocative blue plastic comb made from a durable material that will never swell, offering a comfortable mouthpiece for ease of playing. The stainless steel cover plates, with wide open back ends and closed side vents similar to the iconic Blues Harp covers, allow for maximum volume and a tone that can alternate between sweet and ornery. Assembled with two single screws, the cover plates are easily removable for customization of reed gapping and setup. The custom "Chicago-style" tuning from Hohner's vaults allows for an uncompromised blend of single-note runs, octaves, and chords that make up the essential vocabulary for the serious harp player.

FEATURES
  • 10-hole diatonic
  • Custom "Chicago-style" tuning
  • Blue plastic comb
  • Stainless steel cover plates

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Hohner595BL Blue Midnight Harmonica
 
4.5

(based on 15 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

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    (1)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to play (10)
  • Good audio (9)
  • Quality craftsmanship (9)
  • Warm tone (8)
  • Consistent (7)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Small venues (7)
  • Accompaniment (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (6), Experienced (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Drives my guitar player nuts

I REALLY like this tuning. It sounds like my old pre-war Marine Bands but with a plastic comb. The chords are sweet and rich.

They call it "Chicago...Read complete review

I REALLY like this tuning. It sounds like my old pre-war Marine Bands but with a plastic comb. The chords are sweet and rich.

They call it "Chicago Tuning" and to my tuner it looks like Just Intonation is all; referenced to the crossharp key. Folks who do a lot of chord vamping will appreciate that the chords are very nicely done. Take off into a melodic or scale riff and you're going to hear the "problem" that comes from Just Intonation. Even more so if you play it in straight harp.

Now, if you like that rough, street corner, sort of sound that comes from being just a touch out of tune (melodically) compared to Equal Temperament then you'll dig this one. If you're used to Hohner's compromise tuning then you might not even notice. If you prefer the Equal Temperament of an LO or the GM, you won't like this at all. My guitar picker makes faces at it though - poor guy, his ear was trained against an electronic tuner and he's an equal temperament sort of musician as are many of the generation he learned in. He makes faces at compromise tuning too. My point being that Just Intonation might not be what you want if you're playing with other people who are tuned against modern electronics. It sounds great in an unplugged sort of setting though.

Construction: To me it plays like a Big River more than a Blues Harp - except for the comb. The choice of covers a good one and places it, in my feelings, above a Big River. The comb is pretty but pretty doesn't make sounds. It feels good though and responds like the others. I've blown mine (Bb) heavy for a week and not had an issue at all with it. What I may do though is put these reeds on a dead Blues Harp and see how I like that.

I really enjoy the sound on this one for alone time putzing around and I suspect it'd make a good busker too.

Don't tune the guitars to it unless they're planning to only play in one key all night! You'll probably not want this to be your only harp if you plan to play with others unless you play street-corner unplugged.

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Harmonica did not hold up!

Harmonica blew out only after 2 times of using during practice. Could not believe it! I use a Special 20 and never have trouble. Pay the extra cash and get a Hohner Special...Read complete review

Harmonica blew out only after 2 times of using during practice. Could not believe it! I use a Special 20 and never have trouble. Pay the extra cash and get a Hohner Special 20.

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5.0

Fine Instrument

By Monday317

from Pittsburgh, PA

About Me Novice

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Accompaniment
    • In The Car
    • Jazz Clubs
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Hohner 595BL Blue Midnight Harmonica:

    I'm a drummer who drives long distances. Since practicing paradiddles on hihats is out of the question, I decided to work on a harp. Read a zillion reviews, tried a Blue Midnight in C. I have played many harps on and off over the last 50 years and I was surprised by the richness and warm of this one, especially at this price. I often listen to live blues and those guys with the wooden combs don't overshadow this piece. In fact, it's not really unusual to see plastic-combed harps in blues bands in my area (Pittsburgh, PA). My harp is easy to get decent sound from, notes are clearly voiced and bend at least as well as I can manage. I was gifted a Marine Band Deluxe, and preferred the tone of the Blues Midnight--which, like the Ludwig Black Beauty snare drum--is a beautiful instrument to play. If you aren't really sure about a harmonica to start with, this would be the one I would recommend as a noob myself!

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    5.0

    Nice harp

    By Jimmy Nolan

    from Athens Ga.

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Hohner 595BL Blue Midnight Harmonica:

        These are good harmonicas. I usually play special 20s and pro-harps but these are a little cheaper and sound great.

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        (12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Harp for the money

        By drjoel

        from Vergennes, VT

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Blues
        • Rock
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Hohner 595BL Blue Midnight Harmonica:

        I am a lead singer and harp player for a blues-based rock band. I play mostly amplified harp with several effects. I am also an aggressive hard player. I love the Blue Midnight for its crisp clear sound, much like the Special 20, and its consistent warm tone. It sounds great through my tube amp. The plastic comb is easier on the tongue and you can't beat the price. I do abuse my harps and the price is a great draw for me. I have played more expensive Hohners and Seydels, which sounded great, but the Blue Midnight sounds just as good and costs less when I need to replace it. Plus, it looks really cool. You can get replacement reed plates if you wish but they actually cost more than the harp itself. I hate adding to the landfill but it is so much easier to just replace the entire harp.

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        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Midnight Blue C harp

        By Smiling Jack

        from Harlan, IA

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Accompaniment

          Comments about Hohner 595BL Blue Midnight Harmonica:

          My best harp to date.

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          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          great value!

          By Wolfboy Paul

          from Lunenburg MA

          About Me Professional Musician

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Accompaniment
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Hohner 595BL Blue Midnight Harmonica:

            I bought a D and a C harp.
            Play nice, sound nice, price nice.

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            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great Harp!

            By Wolfboy Paul

            from Lunenburg MA

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            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Accompaniment
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Hohner 595BL Blue Midnight Harmonica:

                Swift delivery.

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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great blues harp!

                By Bowzer

                from New Mexico

                About Me Novice

                Ask me a question

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Accompaniment

                  Comments about Hohner 595BL Blue Midnight Harmonica:

                  I play several high end instruments. I am somewhat new to playing blues harp but I have to say that these harps sound great, are easy to play and very well built. You cant go wrong with these harps and you wont be dissapointed. Also, I now buy strictly from Musicians friend. Have always treated me right and have many experts to talk to when making a decisiion about their products.

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                  (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great Tone!

                  By Jimmy J

                  from Way Up North

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                  Ask me a question

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Jazz Clubs
                    • Small Venues

                    Comments about Hohner 595BL Blue Midnight Harmonica:

                    I purchased this harmonica in the key of "E". I was not expecting much, considering the price and the gimmicky blue comb. I don't often need an "E" harmonica, mostly singing and playing solo. But the price looked good, and I was curious to see what this Hohner was all about, with its "Chicago tuning". It is made in Germany, and has the Hohner modular system, which has been much criticized in the past. Well, after inadvertently sitting on a Marine Band at a music circle (I know that you aren't supposed to sit on them!) and dealing with the pulling cover nails and bent covers, I rather like being able to disassemble a modular system harmonica for repair and cleaning. The Blue Midnight has support pillars built into the covers, and it screws together. The blue comb is attractive and the tone is very sweet. It plays easily and comes in a very functional plastic case. I checked the notes with a chromatic tuner, and found them to be very accurately tuned. Not so with some of my other more expensive Hohners. I can find no fault with this harmonica, and I don't understand why it is priced so much lower than their other German models. It is not available in all keys, but I will be buying more as needed. I do not play hard, so it is unknown to me how it will hold up to extended blues or rock. No fault or complaint can be found by me, and it is rapidly becoming one of my favorite harmonicas, right up there with the Golden Melody, which of course, is a different tuning system.

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                    (3 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    3.0

                    low grade

                    By mudrat

                    from brockton mass

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                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Play

                    Cons

                    • Flat Sound
                    • Requires Adjustment Often

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Hohner 595BL Blue Midnight Harmonica:

                      This harp is for the beginner harp player, not an established one such as myself. As far as recommendations yes I would recommend this for someone who is beginning to learn the scales and to practice playing one note at a time. This is not a harp that I would use on stage.

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                      (12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Drives my guitar player nuts

                      By CoachT

                      from Myrtle Beach SC

                      About Me Professional Musician

                      Ask me a question

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Hohner 595BL Blue Midnight Harmonica:

                          I REALLY like this tuning. It sounds like my old pre-war Marine Bands but with a plastic comb. The chords are sweet and rich.

                          They call it "Chicago Tuning" and to my tuner it looks like Just Intonation is all; referenced to the crossharp key. Folks who do a lot of chord vamping will appreciate that the chords are very nicely done. Take off into a melodic or scale riff and you're going to hear the "problem" that comes from Just Intonation. Even more so if you play it in straight harp.

                          Now, if you like that rough, street corner, sort of sound that comes from being just a touch out of tune (melodically) compared to Equal Temperament then you'll dig this one. If you're used to Hohner's compromise tuning then you might not even notice. If you prefer the Equal Temperament of an LO or the GM, you won't like this at all. My guitar picker makes faces at it though - poor guy, his ear was trained against an electronic tuner and he's an equal temperament sort of musician as are many of the generation he learned in. He makes faces at compromise tuning too. My point being that Just Intonation might not be what you want if you're playing with other people who are tuned against modern electronics. It sounds great in an unplugged sort of setting though.

                          Construction: To me it plays like a Big River more than a Blues Harp - except for the comb. The choice of covers a good one and places it, in my feelings, above a Big River. The comb is pretty but pretty doesn't make sounds. It feels good though and responds like the others. I've blown mine (Bb) heavy for a week and not had an issue at all with it. What I may do though is put these reeds on a dead Blues Harp and see how I like that.

                          I really enjoy the sound on this one for alone time putzing around and I suspect it'd make a good busker too.

                          Don't tune the guitars to it unless they're planning to only play in one key all night! You'll probably not want this to be your only harp if you plan to play with others unless you play street-corner unplugged.

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