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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 ...Click To Read More About This Product

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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
 
3.5

(based on 18 reviews)

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    (1)

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    (3)

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    (3)

78%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to play (8)
  • Consistent (5)
  • Good audio (5)
  • Quality craftsmanship (5)
  • Warm tone (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Accompaniment (5)
  • Small venues (4)
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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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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

for a couple dollars more get a Big River

By Grungy Nez

from Royal Oak, MI

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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?

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

OK Harp I geuss

By BluesTom

from San Fransisco

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

So I got one of these harps because my pro harp in A was sounding dull. at first I was very surprised at the bendability and the tone of this chinese made hohner. It was really comfortable in my hands and had good volume. i got to play two gigs with it until the 6 whole draw gave out. at first i got a high pitch sound like feedback but i wasn't playing thru an amp. Then i bended the note to see if something was stuck on the reed, but all that came out sounded like a party noise maker. I took the harp apart to look at the reed and it was bent all the way out. I had this harp for a month.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Just spend a bit more

By Brian

from Jackson, MS

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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.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

OK Harp I guess

By Deacon Billy-Z7r7F

from Tulsa, OK

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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.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

no better than cheaper Chinese made harps

By blu-rocker 007

from Chicago

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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.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good harp for learning the blues

By sfjazzguitar

from San Francisco, CA

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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.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Good Harp for the Money!

By seagullplayer77-TA7JT

from Chicago

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

I'm by no means a harmonica aficionado, but I bought a Blues Bender in G and a more expensive Suzuki Bluesmaster in D and I don't notice much of a difference between the two harps. I had expected the Bluesmaster to be a lot better, but I haven't found that to be the case yet.If you're learning to play harp or you need some cheap ones to mess around with, these are certainly good for he money!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Don't waste your money.

By jt

from NC

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Pros

  • Easy To Play
  • Sounded Great For A Month

Cons

  • Out Of Tune
  • Poor Quality

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    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.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    I'd definately refer this to anyone I liked anyway! Thanks!

    By Freyr 01.

    from Helena, Arkansas U.S.A.

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

    I can't help but to love Stevie Nicks, so I really love the E Harmonica I was able to get from Musicians Friend. I'll never have time for my' Month of free online lessons that came with it, but I love that & Musician's Friend too. Thank you very much!

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    2.0

    Inconsistent Quality?

    By gb

    from lancaster, pa

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    Pros

    • Cheap

    Cons

    • Difficult To Bend Notes
    • Low Volume

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

      I usually play special 20s but tried to save some money and went with a BB. Very disappointed. Bending on draw 3 very difficult and low volume. It appears that there's a wide variance on quality; some players love 'em, some hate 'em. I'm not risking my money hoping to get a good one next time and will stick to the SP20.

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