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Hohner Blues Bender P.A.C. Harmonica 

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The Hohner Blues Bender P.A.C. professional harmonica gives everybody access to the bluesy notes needed to make any blues or rock riff complete. The ...Read More

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A blues harp designed to make playing and note bending easy for entry-level players.

The Hohner Blues Bender P.A.C. professional harmonica gives everybody access to the bluesy notes needed to make any blues or rock riff complete. The Blues Bender P.A.C. harmonica's Patented Acoustic Covers are based on Hohner's famous Marine Band harp but with thicker-than-normal reed plates for consistent tone and durability.

Originally patented by Jacob Hohner in 1897, the special shape of Blues Bender harmonica's cover increases the volume of air between the reeds and coverplates which—when thrown into vibration and vented through the special side vents—means greater volume and projection. The Blues Bender harp is extremely airtight between the mouthpiece and the reed plates, for easier note bending and enhanced expressive playing.

Professional harmonica player Li'l Ronnie (of Lil' Ronnie and the Grand Dukes) rated the Blues Bender P.A.C. as his top choice for ease of playability, note bending, and consistent volume and tone when compared against other models.

Here's what harmonica players like Li'l Ronnie and others have had to say about the Blues Bender P.A.C.:

"The Blues Bender P.A.C. is a killer value." - Li'l Ronnie of Li'l Ronnie and the Grand Dukes.

"The Blues Bender P.A.C. is the perfect harp to learn on and we expect it to be a very popular addition to our product line," - Scott Emmerman of Hohner, Director of Marketing and Sales.

"A fantastic first harp to develop your chops on." - Roger Edsall of the Bad Influence band.

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
  • The Blues Bender P.A.C. features:
  • 10-hole diatonic
  • Standard (Richter) tuning
  • Airtight construction for easier note bending
  • Patented Acoustic Cover plates that allow for greater volume and projection
  • Thicker reed plates for consistent tone
  • Long-lasting reeds
  • 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 today and get a blues harmonica with increased volume that makes expressive playing and note bending easy.

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HohnerBlues Bender P.A.C. Harmonica
 
3.0

(based on 12 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (2)

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    (4)

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    (1)

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    (2)

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    (3)

75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to play (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Accompaniment (3)
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      • Novice (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Good harp for learning the blues

    I'm primarily a guitarist, and this is my first harmonica since I was a kid. I've had it exactly one month today and am already able to blow a credible blues chorus in...Read complete review

    I'm primarily a guitarist, and this is my first harmonica since I was a kid. I've had it exactly one month today and am already able to blow a credible blues chorus in G. I'm able to make all the bends, though blow 10 still needs practice. I'm also able to overblow 4, 5, and 6 but not yet reliably or at tempo. The tone is very good for some notes and not so great for others, though I'm not yet sure how much of that is just me. The Blues Bender has certainly met my expectations.

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    Just spend a bit more

    The Hohner Blues Bender is a sub-par product for the price you pay. I purchased one in the key of G, and was instantly impressed with the fullness in the sound of a few...Read complete review

    The Hohner Blues Bender is a sub-par product for the price you pay. I purchased one in the key of G, and was instantly impressed with the fullness in the sound of a few chords, but when I went into a couple of lead lines, I found that there were a few dead reeds in the lower part of the register. I though maybe they just needed a "warming up," but this was to no avail. The three draw does bend pretty easily, but is very slow in action. I am on a serious budget, and decided to save myself fourteen bucks by not going with a Marine Band or Special 20, and am now in serious regret as I will have to wait another month to purchase one, with this twenty bucks down the toilet. Melody lines from four to eight are pretty smooth to its credit, but if this is all I wanted I could have gone with an Ol Standby or just kept playing my old Big River. Just do yourself a favor and spend ten or fifteen more and get a real instrument.

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    4.0

    works fine for me

    By Mr Mitch

    from Baltimore, Maryland

    About Me Novice

    Pros

    • Easy To Play
    • Quality Craftsmanship
    • Rich Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Accompaniment
      • Small Venues

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

      worked as advertised, no complaints.

      Comment on this review

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Don't waste your money.

      By jt

      from NC

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Easy To Play
      • Sounded Great For A Month

      Cons

      • Out Of Tune
      • Poor Quality

      Best Uses

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

        Sounded great at first. Not the "cheapest" harp, but did not last more than 20 shows at "light use"(LESS THAN 40X) before reeds went sour. Junk.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        good harmonica

        By Xaaron1377

        from Boston, MA

        About Me Novice

        Ask me a question

        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Easy To Play

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Accompaniment
          • Amateur
          • Practicing
          • Small Venues

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

          I bought one in the key of D about 2 years ago and it's very nice. Easy to play, clear and rich tone, etc. Obviously not as good as a Special 20 or something but still pretty consistent.

          Comment on this review

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          bluesbender pac harmonica

          By jeff

          from indianapolis,in.

          About Me Novice

          Ask me a question

          Pros

          • Easy To Play
          • Rich Sound
          • Warm Tone

          Cons

          • No Dislikes

          Best Uses

          • Accompaniment

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

          i like this harp.Has a nice warm tone,easy to bend.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Don't buy this.

          By ng-51B2C

          from Omaha, NE

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

          These are pretty low quality for the price point. I bought this harmonica in a few different keys and within a few months of playing, they all were out of tune and blown out. I definitely recommend paying the extra $ or so and getting the Marine Band if you want something that will last, plus the MB has better projection and tone.

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Just spend a bit more

          By Brian

          from Jackson, MS

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

          The Hohner Blues Bender is a sub-par product for the price you pay. I purchased one in the key of G, and was instantly impressed with the fullness in the sound of a few chords, but when I went into a couple of lead lines, I found that there were a few dead reeds in the lower part of the register. I though maybe they just needed a "warming up," but this was to no avail. The three draw does bend pretty easily, but is very slow in action. I am on a serious budget, and decided to save myself fourteen bucks by not going with a Marine Band or Special 20, and am now in serious regret as I will have to wait another month to purchase one, with this twenty bucks down the toilet. Melody lines from four to eight are pretty smooth to its credit, but if this is all I wanted I could have gone with an Ol Standby or just kept playing my old Big River. Just do yourself a favor and spend ten or fifteen more and get a real instrument.

          Comment on this review

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          for a couple dollars more get a Big River

          By Grungy Nez

          from Royal Oak, MI

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

          Why in the world would anyone pay this much money for a poor quality Chinese made Hohner, when for a couple dollars more, they can get the German made Hohner Big River Harp MS?

          Comment on this review

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          no better than cheaper Chinese made harps

          By blu-rocker 007

          from Chicago

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

          Although the Blues Bender is almost double the price of Hohner's other Chinese made harmonicas, the Blues Bender is really not any better. The quality is about the same. In fact, I think the Old Standby has a louder and fuller sound. I would pass on this overpriced Chinese made model, and instead go with one of Hohner's lower priced models, with the Old Standby being the best of the lot.

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Good harp for learning the blues

          By sfjazzguitar

          from San Francisco, CA

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

          I'm primarily a guitarist, and this is my first harmonica since I was a kid. I've had it exactly one month today and am already able to blow a credible blues chorus in G. I'm able to make all the bends, though blow 10 still needs practice. I'm also able to overblow 4, 5, and 6 but not yet reliably or at tempo. The tone is very good for some notes and not so great for others, though I'm not yet sure how much of that is just me. The Blues Bender has certainly met my expectations.

          Comment on this review

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          OK Harp I guess

          By Deacon Billy-Z7r7F

          from Tulsa, OK

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

          I own a couple of these harps and have given a couple of more away. These harps are playable. They will usually play all twenty notes. But, they are a Chinese import by Hohner and sound like it. Don't expect the typical Honer tone. I also own several Special 20's, Marine Bands and Crossovers and a working set of Suzuki Bluesmasters, and Delta Frosts. The BB is not even close to being in the same league with any of those haprs. If you need a cheap harp in an odd key, something to give to a beginner or something to leave lying around in your car it's a fair value. Otherwise, spend ten more bucks and get better quality harp.

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