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Hohner Blues Bender P.A.C. Harmonica  

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The new Blues Bender P.A.C. harmonica features Patented Acoustic Covers that are based on the design of the Marine Band Harmonica, which is the all-t...Read More

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Easy bends and great tonal quality.

The new Blues Bender P.A.C. harmonica features Patented Acoustic Covers that are based on the design of the Marine Band Harmonica, which is the all-time favorite for serious harp players since 1896. The Blues Bender was designed primarily to make playing and note bending easy for entry level players. Originally patented by Jacob Hohner in 1897, the special shape of these covers increases the volume of air enclosed between the reeds and cover-plates which, when thrown into vibration and vented through the special side vents, allows for greater volume and projection. The Blues Bender P.A.C. features thicker than normal reed plates for a consistent tone. It is extremely airtight between the mouthpiece and the reed plates, allowing for easier note bending and making expressive playing easier. The Blues Bender P.A.C. allows everybody access to the bluesy notes needed to make any riff complete.

FEATURES
  • Airtight construction for easier note bending
  • Patented Acoustic Cover plates that allow for greater volume and projection. The shape of the cover increases the volume of the air between the reeds and cover plates which, when thrown into vibration and vented through the special side vents improves both volume and projection.
  • Thicker reed plates for consistent tone

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HohnerBlues Bender P.A.C. Harmonica
 
3.9

(based on 11 reviews)

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67%

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Nice Starter Harp

I'm a guitarist just getting into harp playing, so I figured an easier bending harp would be a good place to start. To put the bendability of this harp into a guitar playing...Read complete review

I'm a guitarist just getting into harp playing, so I figured an easier bending harp would be a good place to start. To put the bendability of this harp into a guitar playing perspective, this harp is the equivalent of stringing your guitar with 9 guage strings as opposed to the usual 11 or 12. It is definitely easier to move notes around.Unfortunately, the sound you get from this harp is comparable to the sound you get off of thinner guitar strings. In comparison to my big river harp, this one definitely has a thinner and less rounded out tone. Still sounds good though and volume is fine. Another problem I seem to be having with this harp is that the easy bendability results in reeds that tend to get a bit whacked out sooner rather than later. Even though I think I bend pretty hard for a beginner and I would assume a seasoned vet could halfway tear the reeds out with their stuff. It would be a blast doing so though. Overall its good for starters or as a means of having a whole lotta fun bending notes real hard, but I'm going to stick with other Harps as I happen to get them.

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Don't Buy Horner Blues Bender!!!

After waiting for almost 4 weeks, my Horner Blues Bender came to me with a bent reed. I was able to fix the problem with some minor adjustments but I still had sound...Read complete review

After waiting for almost 4 weeks, my Horner Blues Bender came to me with a bent reed. I was able to fix the problem with some minor adjustments but I still had sound issues. It was flat and unable to give that bright singing sound that Horners are famous for. In addit5ion it has to be the quietest Harp I've ever played. My band had to crank me up just to be heard over our guitars and that doesn't even happen when I play through a Hot Metal which costs half as much.
Within a week of normal playing/ware and tear it is now unplayable. 3 reeds are destroyed and I never even got to play the thing on stage. I have been playing harmonica professionally for years and have never had these kinds of problems. I know how to take care of a harp and tried with this product. It was kept in a case and only had it out when being played; this harp just can't take being played it seems.
If you want a cheap harmonica get a Hot Metal, or just bite the bullet, pay a little more, and get a good harmonica like a Special 20 or a Pro Harp.

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5.0

bluesbender pac harmonica

By jeff

from indianapolis,in.

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Accompaniment
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Hohner Blues Bender P.A.C. Harmonica:

    i was very pleased and impressed with this harmonica.Seemed to have a full rich tone other harps dont have.

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    1.0

    Don't Buy Horner Blues Bender!!!

    By Bach421

    from Denver, CO

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

      • Broken Out Of The Box
      • Flat Sound
      • Inconsistent
      • Poor Quality

      Best Uses

        Comments about Hohner Blues Bender P.A.C. Harmonica:

        After waiting for almost 4 weeks, my Horner Blues Bender came to me with a bent reed. I was able to fix the problem with some minor adjustments but I still had sound issues. It was flat and unable to give that bright singing sound that Horners are famous for. In addit5ion it has to be the quietest Harp I've ever played. My band had to crank me up just to be heard over our guitars and that doesn't even happen when I play through a Hot Metal which costs half as much.
        Within a week of normal playing/ware and tear it is now unplayable. 3 reeds are destroyed and I never even got to play the thing on stage. I have been playing harmonica professionally for years and have never had these kinds of problems. I know how to take care of a harp and tried with this product. It was kept in a case and only had it out when being played; this harp just can't take being played it seems.
        If you want a cheap harmonica get a Hot Metal, or just bite the bullet, pay a little more, and get a good harmonica like a Special 20 or a Pro Harp.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Harp !

        By Alan C. Isner

        from Mt Jackson

        About Me Novice

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              Comments about Hohner Blues Bender P.A.C. Harmonica:

              This is the best harp I've owned ! I've had it for a couple weeks and play it every day. This is not a cheap harp by any means. I have a Special 20 and think this is far better. I blew out a reed on the 20 after just a week, so I got [@]! and destroyed it. I will continue to get these and am ordering another one tomorrow in a different key. I really enjoy playing this Blues Bender. I encourage anyone that wants a great harp that bends to buy these. Trust me, I'm not a politican.

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              1.0

              Blues Bender P.A.C. Harmonica

              By Alan C. Isner

              from Mt Jackson

              Comments about Hohner Blues Bender P.A.C. Harmonica:

              It plays well and bends note as it is said to do. Its cheap in price so am not concern with it blowing out anytime soon. If it last more than a month I'll get some more. I will say this I like it better than my Special 20.
              I received mine today. Very fast service on MF side. Harp sounds good, but I don't notice any difference between it and the Great Little Harp which bends pretty good.
              No opinion as of now. I hope it stands up, unlike my Great Little Harp which after 6 uses blew out the 1st, 2nd and 3rd reeds.
              It didn't come in the package shown, but did come in a nice case with felt lining.

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              5.0

              Hohners best Chinese harp

              By Anonymous

              from Undisclosed

              Comments about Hohner Blues Bender P.A.C. Harmonica:

              This is not your typical cookie cutter Chinese Hohner. Plays easy and has a sound similar to a Special 20. This is a great beginners harp without the German made price tag. I actually prefer the tone of the Blues Bender over the German made Big River Harp.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Not bad for a cheap harp

              By Deacon Billy

              from Tulsa, OK

              Comments about Hohner Blues Bender P.A.C. Harmonica:

              This harp fills a nice niche in the Hohner line. It is inexpensive enough to carry in your pocket or car and yet plays well enough not to frustrate you. Make no mistake, you won't confuse it with more expensive harps. It is a cheap Chinese harp but unlike most cheap Chinese harps it is playable. A while back, for kicks I took a community college harmonica course for beginners and needed something that wouldn't sound too out of place with the rest of the class who were playing the give away Blues Bands that came with their book and tuition. I wanted something that you could play but wouldn't sound too out of place. I had noticed in the past that pro quality harps cut through the noise of a class room exercise like a knife through butter regardless of how softly you play. I bought one of these and really had no complaints. It played well enough, was actually pretty easy to bend but still didn't sound out of place. I got my money's worth and later gave it to a pro guitar player I jam with sometimes who wanted to take up the harp.

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              5.0

              Good for the $

              Comments about Hohner Blues Bender P.A.C. Harmonica:

              The Blues Bender doesn't have the bright tone and attack of the Marine Band or the Golden Melody but I find it to be about as good as the Blues Harp. Just cheaper. If you know how to tune and adjust a harp you can get a lot more out of these.

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              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Add more models to the PAC line

              By HohnerFan007

              from Naples, FL

              Comments about Hohner Blues Bender P.A.C. Harmonica:

              I like the concept of the PAC line. The Blues Bender is a good first entry in this line, but I hope Hohner will add some more models. Ideally, I'd like to see The Old Standby upgraded to the German made PAC line. Where The Blues Bender is a model geared for easy bending, the Old Standby PAC would be a higher quality all-purpose harp, with a fuller tone. They should give it reed plates similar to the Marine Band's, or consider phospher bronze reeds, like the Bushman Delta Frost and Suzuki Bluesmaster. A third model Hohner should add to the PAC line should be an upgraded American Ace. This model should be aimed toward Country players.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              plays smooth

              By Hobostubs Ashlock

              from wagoner oklahoma

              Comments about Hohner Blues Bender P.A.C. Harmonica:

              This is a good med grade hohner harp. Its probelly the best in there budget line before stepping up to the special 20 or big river harps. Plays nice, I have a C and G bends easy has a loud projection of sound the only drawback is that you cant replace the reed plate. But its probelly the best off there lower priced harps. I have it in a box with some nicer harps a lee oskar and hering enstead of having them with my cheaper harps Huang and swans I keep them in another box.

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              5.0

              Good New Product

              By Joe Harper

              from Cleveland, OH

              Comments about Hohner Blues Bender P.A.C. Harmonica:

              I think Hohner has a winner here. From a novices point of view, I think I have finally found a harp that I can express myself with. These new Blues Benders respond nicely to everything my mouth does. They feel good in the hand, being shorter than my Lee Oskars, and they have a good mouth feel. The cover plates were patterned after the Marine Band, but are a little fatter than a M.B. where your lips meet them. All the reeds on mine worked, right out of the box, and they seem airtight. The reed plates are held to the comb by four screws, and constructed so the owner can service the harp at home. The hole dividers seem a little thicker than on some of my other harps, but not enough to make chording difficult. Overall a very easy harp to play, and affordable enough to allow a workerbee like me to collect all the keys. Would like to hear a professional player really give one of these a workout, and tell me what they think.

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