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Hohner Big River MS Harmonica

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The Big River Harp is the result of Hohner's automated Modular System (MS) production. It features improved reed design for long life and bright tone...Click To Read More About This Product

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A quality, mid-priced model made in Germany.

The Big River Harp is the result of Hohner's automated Modular System (MS) production. It features improved reed design for long life and bright tone, airtight body for increased volume, contoured covers that project sound and are comfortable to hold. Replacement reed plates are available (RP565 MS Replacement Reed Plates - product# 421174) and are easy to install.

FEATURES
  • 10 single holes
  • 20 reeds
  • Length: 4-1/8"
  • Uses MS Replacement Reed Plates
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HohnerBig River MS Harmonica
 
4.4

(based on 31 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Perfect Harp.

I don?t know why you all say it?s not that good. I cannot think of any flaw. The plastic casing provides surprising durability. I have accidentally dropped it on cement and...Read complete review

I don?t know why you all say it?s not that good. I cannot think of any flaw. The plastic casing provides surprising durability. I have accidentally dropped it on cement and tile many times, and nothing different, just a little scratches. It took me 3 days to properly break it in, (For me, at least), and its great. You must have gotten a dud with that 3D note. It?s perfectly fine with me. I can play the fastest, slowest and hardest of any song or blues on this thing. The case is durable, and I leave the Harp in the case when I carry it to keep my pocket lint out of the reeds. I can easily take the whole thing apart to wash it; its simplicity is very nice. I currently own a key of C, but I am saving my green to get every key available, and I will choose this product. So far, I have had no trouble with it. Its great for beginners and advanced of any age. I carry one with me all the time for any reason to play. It?s very tough, good looking, rather light, extremely easy to take apart, and easy on the lips and tongue. I have never torn anything in my mouth with it. (Except my braces.). A great buy. Don?t hesitate, you will not be disappointed.

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Similar to Blues Harp. But serious problem with hole 2 draw leaking air. Holes feel a bit big. Not as quite responsive as other harps and not quite the gravely tone, possibly due...Read complete review

Similar to Blues Harp. But serious problem with hole 2 draw leaking air. Holes feel a bit big. Not as quite responsive as other harps and not quite the gravely tone, possibly due to plastic comb. Must admit sound is ok. Plates are compatible with other MS models. Great if reeds wear out. I admit that I bought this in A specifically to swap the plates with my Blues Harp in D, which I bought in the wrong key. I'd prefer the D plates on the Big River for two other reasons; a) it's a key I rarely use; b) when comparing with better harps the higher notes on this one fare ok. This is an average harmonica and in hindsight I almost wish I'd bought another Blues Harp for more but then again I'm going use this one rarely anyway.

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5.0

A great harp

By Jim-FXUIF

from Rowley, MA

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Comments about Hohner Big River MS Harmonica:

I've only been playing harp for a little over a year now, but I've been playing in various blues and rock bands for 11 months, and my Big River Harps have served me well. I've played Big River Harps, Hohner Blues Harps, and a Hohner Bluesband, and I think the tone of the Big River is just about as good as the Blues Harp (obviously both have infinitely better tone than the Bluesband). I've got a Big River Harp in A that I bought 11 months ago, and it's still working perfectly, despite the fact that I play it more than any of my other harps, so it's really durable too. Overall, this is a great harp!

 
4.0

Great-sounding harp, but sluggish in response.

By The Harp Informer

from Aguada, PR

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Comments about Hohner Big River MS Harmonica:

I've had my Big River Harp G for a little less than a week and alredy one of the reeds(3rd draw)went bad. This made very upset because I don't play aggressively. This is a great-sounding harp--and the best-looking in my opinion, but it's very sluggish in response, playing this harmonica gives you a similar sensation as drinking a milk-shake with a staw. Not good for fast playing.

 
5.0

The Beautiful Big River

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Hohner Big River MS Harmonica:

A very, very nice harp. Beautiful smooth tone and reasonably priced. I own 4 of them (A, B-flat, C, and D) and plan to buy more. I love them. Excellent job Hohner.

 
5.0

BigRiver Rules

By Joe Lee Bush

from atlanta ga

Comments about Hohner Big River MS Harmonica:

If you can't get an "in tune" sound with the Big River, then you can't play. That wooden comb stuff is dead, gents, and good riddance. I've been blowing this blues since 1948 and this harp gets it done. Just change the coverplates and it will be compact enough.

 
4.0

Sounds alive!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Hohner Big River MS Harmonica:

Not the most comfortable mouthpiece. I have to keep my moustache trimmed just so, or my Big Rivers will snag hairs from the corners of my mouth. That being said, I keep on trimmin' 'cause its well worth the tone I get from these harps. I own a few Special 20s and Blues Harps, and I think the Big River out sings them both! The thing sounds alive, like the love child of a lonely wolf and a steam engine... on steroids. Reeds are stiffer and take some breaking in, but you get a great "punch" when you bend them. Great looking harp too. Can't believe they don't cost more than they do. Takes a little more wind than Special 20, so I don't know if I'd recommend it for a first harp.

 
2.0

Stick to Special 20s

By Big D-r7Wwn

from W. Illinois

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Comments about Hohner Big River MS Harmonica:

While the Big River is a beautiful harp with a big full tone and feels good in your hand, it is extremely slow and airy, especially 2 & 3 draw. I end up palying a cheap Jambone or Piedmont when I need the key I bought big Rivers for.

 
5.0

As good as any Hohner

By Bootman

from Abilene, Texas

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Comments about Hohner Big River MS Harmonica:

I have been playing music for 50+ yrs and my father used Hohners mostly Marine Band but I have at least one of every kind of Hohner made and I think the Big River is as good or better than any of them...I ordered a new G to go with my C I have had for a while now. Why buy the Blues Harp when this one is a lot cheaper and the reeds are the same and MS to boot. I like the plastic better too because wood sometimes has a bad taste...Bootman

 
5.0

Great beginning harp

By Blade25258

from Mississippi

Comments about Hohner Big River MS Harmonica:

For the money, This is the best learning harp on the market. I play several instruments and wanted to learn the harp. The shipping was very fast. This product exceeded my expectations. I loved it so much I just ordered a mandolin to add to my collection.

 
5.0

Good first harmonica

By Rich-4Ux2v

from Chicago, IL

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Comments about Hohner Big River MS Harmonica:

As the title says, this is an excellent first harmonica for its price. I love it and highly recommend it.

 
3.0

Review

By Fishy

from Newcastle Upon Tyne

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Comments about Hohner Big River MS Harmonica:

Similar to Blues Harp. But serious problem with hole 2 draw leaking air. Holes feel a bit big. Not as quite responsive as other harps and not quite the gravely tone, possibly due to plastic comb. Must admit sound is ok. Plates are compatible with other MS models. Great if reeds wear out. I admit that I bought this in A specifically to swap the plates with my Blues Harp in D, which I bought in the wrong key. I'd prefer the D plates on the Big River for two other reasons; a) it's a key I rarely use; b) when comparing with better harps the higher notes on this one fare ok. This is an average harmonica and in hindsight I almost wish I'd bought another Blues Harp for more but then again I'm going use this one rarely anyway.

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4.0

Wish it was an Old Standby

By xxxGUITAR

from MA

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Comments about Hohner Big River MS Harmonica:

I have a grudge against this model because when they introduced it, they took the classic Old Standby, which at that time was essentially what the Big River is, and started making it in China with awful quality. Then they bring in the Big River to take the Old Standby's place as a lower priced German made harp. Hohner should start making the Old Standbys in Germany again at a low price.

 
3.0

one works, one broke

By SwanJ

from Eugene, OR

Comments about Hohner Big River MS Harmonica:

I got one a while back that works fine, only had the A key one since november and already one of the reed plates broke. take it for what it is i guess

 
2.0

spend a little more & get a real one

By steelandbanjo

from Whitney, TX

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Comments about Hohner Big River MS Harmonica:

I own 7 different Hohners & this one gets the least play. It is very leaky, slow & unresponsive. I actually like the cheaper American Ace better. Also if you play any other models this thing feels weird. The only thing good about it is it bends farly easily. This & the "Old Standby" are in my opinion Hohners worst harps. Spend a few more bucks & get a Marine Band, Special 20, or Golden Melody. Or if you must go cheap, try the American Ace.

 
4.0

Pretty good tone, but leaks air

By Scotland-u3BOw

from Grand Rapids, MI

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Comments about Hohner Big River MS Harmonica:

I bought this harp after using a cheap 5 dollar bluesband. the tone on the Big River is brighter, but the lower holes (1-3) leak air, especially on the draw. I would recommend spending a couple bucks more for a blues harp or a Hohner-20.

 
4.0

Decent harp, decent price.

By Lt. Reno

from Detroit

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Comments about Hohner Big River MS Harmonica:

Since Hohner jacked up the prices of thier German made harps, the Big River is the only one I can afford now. Its a decent harp. I wish Hohner would add more models to this low price German made line. They should definately upgrade the Old Standby like this, and possibly the American Ace as well.

 
5.0

very good, not great

By Tubatoothpaste

from Central Illinois

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Comments about Hohner Big River MS Harmonica:

I have several of these. Great price and a very good harp. Tone not as full and not as easy to bend as the Golden Melody, but I prefer this to the Blues Harp. Holes seem to be bigger than the BH, so you can get more air, fuller tone. Use this Harp in the low keys (I've got the low F - use it a lot for church work) and the odd keys that don't come up much. Get the Golden Melody for your workhorse keys - makes for a nice set.

 
5.0

Great for a start

By Aegil

from Glasgow, UK

Comments about Hohner Big River MS Harmonica:

As a beginner, I struggled to get my bendings right on a Hohner Blues Harp E. My girlfriend got me a Big River Harp C for Xmas, and I'm getting there now. I like the simplicity and versatility of this harp, the only drawback being that the sound is really very "airy" compared to the Blues Harp. I'm thinking of swapping the MS plates to see how the Blues Harp reacts with the C reeds...

 
4.0

A BeginnersRating

By Handy-Andy

from Echo, AL

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Comments about Hohner Big River MS Harmonica:

I am fairly new to the harp and a senior (67). I have bought four other harps in the key of C looking for one the had good tone and didn't take a lot of wit or wind to play. In my humble opinion, this harp if definately not for beginners. While the price is good and the quality excellent, I find that it doesn't come close to the tone of some others and it is exceptionally difficult to blow or draw in the 7-10 notes. I bought the Hohner Secial 20 when I bought this unit and find it a much superior harp with beautiful tone. But, that's just one man's opinion and a beginner at that.

 
5.0

The best there is

By Redd-HarmonicaMan

from Nowhere, Mo.

Comments about Hohner Big River MS Harmonica:

I have just recently gotten this harp I'll never buy another brand. Lee Oskers cant fill the gap I need for blues, rock, and jazz. But this is just amazing after 3 days of breaking in it played great. I have one in D but I'm buying every key.HOHNER RULES!!!!!!

 
2.0

You get what you Pay for

By notimpressed01

from Vancouver, Canada

Comments about Hohner Big River MS Harmonica:

I've been playing guitar for years and decided I wanted to learn a bit of harmonica so I bought two of these (key of G and key of A) just to see if I could pick it up. A few weeks later, decided to buy a few different keys and this time I spent a few more bucks and got marine band harps. What a world of difference! after playing the marine band I noticed that the big river harps are slightly out of tune!! Initially I didn't notice because I tuned my guitar to the harp. If you want a durable harmonica that is actually in tune, go for the marine band.

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