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Hohner Blues Harp MS Harmonica   

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Dig in deep and experience the raw power and grit of the blues. The Blues Harp is engineered for consistent volume and tone when used for intense blu...Read More

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An easy-bending favorite of harmonicats everywhere!

Dig in deep and experience the raw power and grit of the blues. The Blues Harp is engineered for consistent volume and tone when used for intense blues playing. This harp can hang with the toughest players on their most serious gigs. Highly bendable with a dirty, dark hard rockin' sound, this harmonica is designed to emphasize all the best qualities of blues harmonica playing. It has a wood comb for full tone and is available in 12 keys. Replacement reed plates are available (RP565 MS Replacement Reed Plates - product# 421174)

FEATURES
  • Famous Hohner quality
  • Great for 2nd position note-bending
  • ¢ Wood comb
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4.3

(based on 50 reviews)

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    (29)

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    (11)

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    (1)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

A real lip slasher - But worth refurb

I got this just out of curiosity since it is the one you see Steven Tyler playing.Like the other reviews state, out of the box this thing would slash your lips bad. The problem...Read complete review

I got this just out of curiosity since it is the one you see Steven Tyler playing.Like the other reviews state, out of the box this thing would slash your lips bad. The problem was that the reed plate was initially smoothed, but when the groove was cut for the cover it was not de-burred or polished afterward. This left sharp points on each end and a knive-like edge along the groove.I took mine apart and carefully smoothed the worse of the edges/points off with 400 grit sandpaper and then polished it with a rotary tool with white cloth polishing wheel. Now it is now very smooth and plays like a dream.The wooden comb gives it a full tone that I like much better than anything else I currently own and the reed plates extending out slightly really make great guides to slide my lips along and helps make a good seal.I am going to be buying other keys and doing the same refurb. I definately feel the potential of the end product is worth the effort and it is a real shame that poor quality control on the reed plates is giving it a bad rap.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Disappointed with quality

I did not purchase the Blues Harp but rather received it as a gift. My harp is so leaky that it is unresponsive and literally unplayable. The design is poor because the reed plates...Read complete review

I did not purchase the Blues Harp but rather received it as a gift. My harp is so leaky that it is unresponsive and literally unplayable. The design is poor because the reed plates are not flush with the holes in the wood comb. Further, the raised edge is sharp enough that it can cut your lip during play. In terms of construction, the reed plates are fastened to the wood comb by only two screws. This might explain why the instrument is so leaky. Finally, the wood comb is of low quality and the finish is very rough. I suspect that depending on the luck of the draw, one might get a Blues Harp that plays reasonably well. However, I am not inclined to recommend this instrument from my own personal experience. I would instead recommend the Hohner Special 20 instead. Sounds great, is a breeze to play and the notes are easy to bend. However, my first Special 20 was returned to Hohner for a warranty replacement because it was leaky and the 2 draw choked badly while the 5 draw went flat within the the first two weeks of regular play. Happily the replacement plays like a totally different instrument and is incredibly responsive.

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5.0

A real lip slasher - But worth refurb

By Radmax

from Austin, TX

I got this just out of curiosity since it is the one you see Steven Tyler playing.Like the other reviews state, out of the box this thing would slash your lips bad. The problem was that the reed plate was initially smoothed, but when the groove was cut for the cover it was not de-burred or polished afterward. This left sharp points on each end and a knive-like edge along the groove.I took mine apart and carefully smoothed the worse of the edges/points off with 400 grit sandpaper and then polished it with a rotary tool with white cloth polishing wheel. Now it is now very smooth and plays like a dream.The wooden comb gives it a full tone that I like much better than anything else I currently own and the reed plates extending out slightly really make great guides to slide my lips along and helps make a good seal.I am going to be buying other keys and doing the same refurb. I definately feel the potential of the end product is worth the effort and it is a real shame that poor quality control on the reed plates is giving it a bad rap.

 
1.0

Disappointed with quality

By leoyong17

from Los Angeles

I did not purchase the Blues Harp but rather received it as a gift. My harp is so leaky that it is unresponsive and literally unplayable. The design is poor because the reed plates are not flush with the holes in the wood comb. Further, the raised edge is sharp enough that it can cut your lip during play. In terms of construction, the reed plates are fastened to the wood comb by only two screws. This might explain why the instrument is so leaky. Finally, the wood comb is of low quality and the finish is very rough. I suspect that depending on the luck of the draw, one might get a Blues Harp that plays reasonably well. However, I am not inclined to recommend this instrument from my own personal experience. I would instead recommend the Hohner Special 20 instead. Sounds great, is a breeze to play and the notes are easy to bend. However, my first Special 20 was returned to Hohner for a warranty replacement because it was leaky and the 2 draw choked badly while the 5 draw went flat within the the first two weeks of regular play. Happily the replacement plays like a totally different instrument and is incredibly responsive.

 
4.0

Great harp could use optional plastic comb

By xxxGUITAR

from MA

The Blues Harp is one of Hohner's best harmonicas. I love it, but as many other reviews have stated, I, too, am not thrilled with the wooden comb. Over the past few years, my preference has changed to plastic combs. I don't know how well the Pro Harp MS model is selling (I, myself, have never known anyone who played it), but what I would suggest Hohner should do is discontinue the Pro Harp MS, and replace it with a second Blues Harp model, with a plastic comb. So the consumer would have a choice of a Blues Harp with a wood comb or a plastic comb.

 
3.0

Wood = horrible idea

By Harmonicaman85

from Victoria, TX

I play professionally and have loved the honor special 20 harps as well as the bushman delta frost...however I bought this harp from a local music store because I blew out one of mine. It sounds close to the special 20 but the wood cuts my mouth and leaves my lips red and bloody. I play really fast but even on a slow tune it cuts me. The reeds don't bend as easily either. I would stay away from this harmonica.

 
5.0

It was my first...

By R. Walker

from British Columbia, Canada

The Blues Harp in C was my very first harmonica, and I've owned it for four years. Over the years, I have purchased other models (Marine Band and Chrometta 12 to name a few), but the Blues Harp gets played the most. I like the all-screw assembly, and the wood comb compliments my style with a great, mellow sound.

 
4.0

A harp with an image.

By Lonnie Beale

from Michigan

I started playing harp as a kid after seeing "The Blues Brothers" for the first time. This was in the pre-MS days. I gravitated to the Blues Harp because of its name and the image it represented to me. The current Blues Harp MS is a fine instrument, if a little over-priced. I find all the current Hohner MS models and the Special 20 sound identical. I cannot tell the difference. Only the Marine Band and the Golden Melody sound different than the other Hohner models, with a fuller, louder tone. Because of this, I have stuck with the Blues Harp, again mostly because of the name and its image. However, I will say I do not care for the wood comb, so I took the plastic comb from a Pro Harp MS, and put it on my Blues Harp. When the reeds die, I'll get the MS replacement reeds for my special custom plastic comb Blues Harp.

 
5.0

Nice Harp

By HarpPlayer20

from Venezuela

This is a very nice harp, Loud Sound, Very Bendable, nice overallBut the comb on this harp worries me a lot, because the inside of the holes is not sealed, its very easy to swell, so, for that case i would get a Marine Band over this one, MB's are sealed inside each hole, and the wood grain of the comb is more tight.

 
5.0

Hohner Blues Harp

By Ripley and the Ghost

from Charleston, SC

This was my first harmonica. At first I didn't like it cause I got it in the key of Ab...and couldn't find any corresponding key to play with. eventually I slapped a capo on the first fret of my guitar and I play it much more. It sounds great..it has a full, thick tone and is well built. A high quality harp.

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3.0

Hohner Blues Harp

By Unknown Blues Legend

from East Texas

I was playing the Hohner products since the "Blues Harps" were about 5 bucks. When the pre "MS" "Special 20" and "Pro Harp" came out, I started using them, found them to be more comfortable, air tight, responsive and longer lasting. 15 years ago I needed a harp in the key of G for an impromptu gig and tried a "Lee Oskar", those are the only diatonic ten hole harps that I normally play now. I have a few harps that are old enough to vote, (all pre"MS" Hohner) all sound good through a Green Bullet into a harp tricked Fender 59 Bassman, but the old "Blues Harps" are pretty weak sounding without the help of the amplifier. I would like to try a "MS" Blues Harp but I can't handle the brassy taste, and the Lee Oskar harps and even some of the Chinese products offer better sound and value.

 
5.0

First Harmonica

By Kush

from Ontario, Canada

My first harmonica, and I have to admit, it is definitely the best out of any others I've bought since. It has a great, bluesy sound, with that crisp edge to it. Highly recommended to a beginner, or a pro.

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