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Hohner Educator 10 Chromatic Harmonica C

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A valveless harmonica that's an ideal starter chromatic.

The Hohner Educator 10 chromatic is the harmonica you're seeking, if you have ever wanted to play a certain melody and couldn't find the right note. Like all chromatic harmonicas, the Educator 10 contains all the sharps and flats needed to complete any melody. The 10-hole harp has a unique comb design that eliminates the need for valves, giving harmonica players access to expressive response and tone.

The Educator 10 harmonica's unique comb design provides clear and powerful sound-good news for players who struggle with sticking or noisy windsavers. Standard musical genres like jazz, pop, and classical are all within your reach with the chromatic Educator 10. Its affordable price also makes this Hohner harp a good starter chromatic, both for novices and players making a transition from smaller diatonic harmonicas. Hohner delivers the Educator 10 in a zippered pouch and tunes it in the key of C.

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
10-hole chromatic
Valveless comb design

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
A unique Hohner sound that is a tone benchmark for blues, folk, and rock

Order today and get expressive tone and great response from a starter's chromatic harp.

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HohnerEducator 10 Chromatic Harmonica
 
3.9

(based on 18 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

64%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Consistent (3)
  • Quality craftsmanship (3)

Cons

  • Poor quality (3)

Best Uses

No Best Uses
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (7), Novice (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

What A Bargain!!!!!

If you want to play around with Chromatic harp this is the place to start and if you already have Chromatics like me but don't like coddling them and are a little afraid to just...Read complete review

If you want to play around with Chromatic harp this is the place to start and if you already have Chromatics like me but don't like coddling them and are a little afraid to just play them, this is also the harp. Cheap, tough, sounds good. What more can you ask?
The features are precisely what you would expect on a ten hole chromatic. It has a plastic comb, a metal mouthpiece and a slide. Those are the features.
Starting with the cons, the harp is a little "breathy." It is not an incredibly tight harp like higher priced models. And, it is not a loud harp. It is noticeably quieter than my Chromonica 10. And finally, the slide is a little stiff. But, the pro's far outweight the minor cons. It is not tempermental. You just pick it up and play it. Blow the heck out of it if you want to. I don't think you can hurt it. Without flapping windsavers the little guy is just a big old harp that does not require any special handling. It has a pleasant tone. Sure, not the rich full tone of a more expensive chromo, but a pleasant and perfectly usable tone. I would play it anywhere. Handles third position fine. The harp is well put together and functions perfectly.
This harp is a heck of a bargain. It gives you all of the functionality of the $150.00 Chromonica 10 for cheap. Sure, it looks a little cheap if you look hard and it is not a precision instrument like the Chromonica but I wasn't looking for that. I was looking for a big old hapr with a slide that I could just pick up and play. This is it. In spades. I'm carrying it around with me to play in the car and I'm not one bit afraid that the temp extremes will damage it and I can pick it up and play it immediatley when I have a couple of minutes to spare in traffic or in a parkinig. I like it so much and they are so cheap I may order another one or two to just stick in my guitar cases.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Get the 270 instead. Seriously.

Long time musician, new to chromatic harmonicas.
My Educator may have been defective but here is my review nonetheless.

I recently picked up a Hohner 270 (made in...Read complete review

Long time musician, new to chromatic harmonicas.
My Educator may have been defective but here is my review nonetheless.

I recently picked up a Hohner 270 (made in germany) and wanted a cheap second chromatic to throw in my pocket and practice everywhere I go. The 270 was my first chromatic and therfore the harp I compare all others too.

I knew this would be leaky for the price, but I seriously hear my breath more than I hear the notes. I know it is not my playing because the Hohner 270 sounds wonderfull.

When I can pull a note from the Educator it is dull and muffled (and not in a good way.) There is no bite or cutting power to it whatsoever. It is like you are watching a low volume youtube video on a harmonica on your phone in your pocket.

I get how this could be nice for some people who want to practice in doors and not irritate the wife or roomates, but the slide was so sticky and stiff I woudn't consider this good for practice either. If I were to keep mine I would remove the spring altogether and attach a ring to have a free floating slide.

I own several other instruments including cheapo begginer guitars and expensive profesional guitars. I totally get the mentality of getting cheap begginer instruments to practice on. I still go back and play my old first act electric and johnson acoustic guitars which bring a nostalgic smile to my face. The educator is not in the same realm of first act and johnson which are quality beginner instruments minus the trills of more expensive models. The educator is closer to one of those musical toys aimed at toddlers.

If you are at all serious about learning the chromatic harmonica, just save up a little more money and get a German Made Hohner 270 which you won't outgrow in weeks (or possibly ever.)The 270 is a beautiful instrument and the craftsmenship is apparent fom the moment you see and hold it until you moment you set it down.

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(9 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Stiff slide spring makes this unusable

By Snuffy

from Maryland

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Comments about Hohner Educator 10 Chromatic Harmonica:

I'll still be looking for a Hohner, maybe a Chrometta 12. Hohner should take their name off this. Someone at Muscian's friend might try playing Stardust or whatever on this, and see how pointlessly stiff the slide is, and maybe consider discontinuing this product.
I saw reviews that mentioned the stiff slide action, but I asked myself "Hey, Dummy, how stiff could it be?, I'm tough, I'll take a chance!" Oh well, it cost me a few bucks to find out for myself, the slide is way too stiff. I noticed muscle fatigue starting in my thumb after playing just a few phrases, like 60 seconds of playing, and I'm a grown man, my hands are not delicate. And the slide button had a concave (bowl shaped) end, and that leaves a little circular mark on your thumb. It's like pressing your thumb on the end of a piece of steel tubing that's been smoothed off nicely. Probably will give me harmonical tunnel syndrome!
Many other instruments require finger strength exercises, but that's pointless on chromatic harmonica. Blowing a good sound and learning the notes is what you practice, pressing a button with your thumb should not be the hard part, it's a skill everyone has.
I did a very scientific experment by setting the harmonica on end with the button up and stacking canned goods on the button. One large can of tomatoes and one can of tuna is about the minimum to depress the slide button, that's 2.5 pounds. I don't think it should take more than a can of niblets or so, I've played Hohner Chromonicas before but don't have one to test right now. I do know that I never even noticed the spring tension on a Chromonica. It's just like enough to make it work.
This is not good for beginners, nor for players of diatonic harmonica who want to try a chromatic, or whatever category you can think of. It's too bad, cause for the price, the sound isn't bad at all.
Hohner should redesign the slide with a normal tension spring and a flat or convex button, and recall them, or grant amnesty! amnesty! I love Hohner otherwise, in the past I never had a problem with their harmonicas, and I have an inexpensive Hohner acousting guitar that is beautiful, everyone who plays it can't stop. This thing, you will want to stop and put it down for good.
It's nicely built, plastic comb, all the reeds sound okay and in tune, you could get a pretty sound out of it you want to have a body builders thumb.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

What A Bargain!!!!!

By Redland Fats

from Tulsa, OK

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Comments about Hohner Educator 10 Chromatic Harmonica:

If you want to play around with Chromatic harp this is the place to start and if you already have Chromatics like me but don't like coddling them and are a little afraid to just play them, this is also the harp. Cheap, tough, sounds good. What more can you ask?
The features are precisely what you would expect on a ten hole chromatic. It has a plastic comb, a metal mouthpiece and a slide. Those are the features.
Starting with the cons, the harp is a little "breathy." It is not an incredibly tight harp like higher priced models. And, it is not a loud harp. It is noticeably quieter than my Chromonica 10. And finally, the slide is a little stiff. But, the pro's far outweight the minor cons. It is not tempermental. You just pick it up and play it. Blow the heck out of it if you want to. I don't think you can hurt it. Without flapping windsavers the little guy is just a big old harp that does not require any special handling. It has a pleasant tone. Sure, not the rich full tone of a more expensive chromo, but a pleasant and perfectly usable tone. I would play it anywhere. Handles third position fine. The harp is well put together and functions perfectly.
This harp is a heck of a bargain. It gives you all of the functionality of the $150.00 Chromonica 10 for cheap. Sure, it looks a little cheap if you look hard and it is not a precision instrument like the Chromonica but I wasn't looking for that. I was looking for a big old hapr with a slide that I could just pick up and play. This is it. In spades. I'm carrying it around with me to play in the car and I'm not one bit afraid that the temp extremes will damage it and I can pick it up and play it immediatley when I have a couple of minutes to spare in traffic or in a parkinig. I like it so much and they are so cheap I may order another one or two to just stick in my guitar cases.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Well Worth The Money

By Pher

from Arkansas

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Comments about Hohner Educator 10 Chromatic Harmonica:

I owned a couple of Hohner Chromonicas in the past and recently thought I'd like to go back to that sound on a few songs. However, I wasn't about to pay for an actual Hohner. The Educator works fine and has the usual Chinese attention to detail. The only drawback is that it doesn't have flaps to prevent air from going through the wrong hole. When you play a draw note, some air also comes through the hole for the blow reed, and vice versa. This means you need more air, especially on the low notes. I can live with that (and if not, I could take it apart and glue my own flaps in place.) One pair of C# reeds is slightly out of tune with each other, but this was also true with my Hohners. The solution is to play a single hole for the C or C# notes. The slide works fine for me. The shape is very close to my old Hohner Chromonica, except the Educator has round holes. (I actually like the round holes better.) The materials seems to be first-rate. Brass reed plates. The body appears to be plastic, which is good, as it won't warp or crack.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Get the 270 instead. Seriously.

By Philly K

from Orlando FL

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Cheap

Cons

  • Flat Sound
  • Leaky
  • No Volume
  • Poor Quality

Best Uses

  • Not Even For Practice

Comments about Hohner Educator 10 Chromatic Harmonica:

Long time musician, new to chromatic harmonicas.
My Educator may have been defective but here is my review nonetheless.

I recently picked up a Hohner 270 (made in germany) and wanted a cheap second chromatic to throw in my pocket and practice everywhere I go. The 270 was my first chromatic and therfore the harp I compare all others too.

I knew this would be leaky for the price, but I seriously hear my breath more than I hear the notes. I know it is not my playing because the Hohner 270 sounds wonderfull.

When I can pull a note from the Educator it is dull and muffled (and not in a good way.) There is no bite or cutting power to it whatsoever. It is like you are watching a low volume youtube video on a harmonica on your phone in your pocket.

I get how this could be nice for some people who want to practice in doors and not irritate the wife or roomates, but the slide was so sticky and stiff I woudn't consider this good for practice either. If I were to keep mine I would remove the spring altogether and attach a ring to have a free floating slide.

I own several other instruments including cheapo begginer guitars and expensive profesional guitars. I totally get the mentality of getting cheap begginer instruments to practice on. I still go back and play my old first act electric and johnson acoustic guitars which bring a nostalgic smile to my face. The educator is not in the same realm of first act and johnson which are quality beginner instruments minus the trills of more expensive models. The educator is closer to one of those musical toys aimed at toddlers.

If you are at all serious about learning the chromatic harmonica, just save up a little more money and get a German Made Hohner 270 which you won't outgrow in weeks (or possibly ever.)The 270 is a beautiful instrument and the craftsmenship is apparent fom the moment you see and hold it until you moment you set it down.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Hohner Educator 10

By Al Kai

from Tacoma Washinton

Comments about Hohner Educator 10 Chromatic Harmonica:

I bought this Chromatic and love it.I can pick this Chromatic up and play it anytime and anywhere with no choking or buzzing windsavers. This little beauty is trouble free and requires no warm up I also own a Hohner CX-12 Gold and a Suzuki SCX-56. I mainly play tunes like Harlem Nocturne, Stardust, Sugar (Jazz Standards).This little Chromatic is a joy to play. I say buy a couple.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Well worth a try

By dr Heck

from Akron, Oh

Comments about Hohner Educator 10 Chromatic Harmonica:

I am sure the high buck Chromatics are wonderful instruments and I will probably make that investment after I master this beauty. If you've even remotely considered trying a Chromatic harp and the money scared ya, try this, it's well made, affordable and easy to play.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Harp; Great Value

By harp player

from New York City

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Pros

  • Durable
  • Good Tone
  • Great Value

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • Blues

Comments about Hohner Educator 10 Chromatic Harmonica:

In my opinion, this harmonica sounds almost as good as more expensive chromatics, and it does not have to be babied because it does not have "wind savers" which I think are unnecessary if you are using amplification. Plus, at the price, it is a great value.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Educator 10

By Z

from FL

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Comments about Hohner Educator 10 Chromatic Harmonica:

Had this for about 9 months. Never given me any trouble. The note layout takes some getting used to and the tone's on the thin side but it's very responsive with quick slide action. The sound carries very well. Not the best choice for blues or rock, it's hard to bend - but a great starter for any jazzers out there.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Value

By Skeeter

from Great Plains

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Pros

  • Decent harp at a very low price.

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Whatever you want

    Comments about Hohner Educator 10 Chromatic Harmonica:

    Not the best harp out there but FOR THE MONEY the best I have found. Everybody needs one or more. I have a lot of expensive harps but play this the most. No windsavers so it doesn't need warming up, cheap enough I keep them laying around and stuck in the cars. Slides tend to be a bit stiff, sound not as good as my high priced harps but Boy, do they get a lot of use.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Just average

    By Charlie fixx

    from Michigan

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    Pros

    • Quality Craftsmanship

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Hohner Educator 10 Chromatic Harmonica:

        It is good for some one that wants to experiment but I would never use it to gig with
        Poor sound and volume cannot blow or draw hard cannot bend notes reeds shut
        And nothing

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        educator 10 chromatic.

        By Lawrence

        from undisclosed

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        Pros

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

        Cons

        • None found yet

        Best Uses

        • Accompaniment
        • Jazz Clubs
        • Lite blues
        • Small Venues
        • Soundtracks

        Comments about Hohner Educator 10 Chromatic Harmonica:

        very good for the money good to learn on.

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        What's Up

        By Yves-hkRLu

        from meridian, I.D.

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        Comments about Hohner Educator 10 Chromatic Harmonica:

        For the price its great & sound great my 2nd Harmonica and not my last

        (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Tin man

        By joeblow

        from meridian,ID

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        Comments about Hohner Educator 10 Chromatic Harmonica:

        Since I brought a Chrometta the price was great, as a beginner just started in Jan 2011. To learn the sound and how to use it as a beginner now own Hooboo Blus + a Blue band plan to play with the Salvation Army one day (I would call it pocket band)

         
        1.0

        Harmonica out of tune

        By SP

        from San Francisco

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

          Cons

          • Flat Sound
          • Poor Quality

          Best Uses

            Comments about Hohner Educator 10 Chromatic Harmonica:

            Harmonica out of tune

             
            1.0

            Looks better than it sounds

            By Duke

            from Hot Springs , AR

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

              Cons

              • Inconsistent
              • Poor Quality

              Best Uses

                Comments about Hohner Educator 10 Chromatic Harmonica:

                For a beginner it is too hard to make sound.It blows weak and draws even weaker, with button in the draw is hard work to even get a sound.

                 
                5.0

                Chromatic Greats

                By HARP-ON

                from Philipsburg, PA

                About Me Novice

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                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Quality Craftsmanship
                • Rich Sound

                Cons

                • Not Airtight As I Like

                Best Uses

                • Accompaniment
                • Everyday Care Free Use

                Comments about Hohner Educator 10 Chromatic Harmonica:

                I like the instrument for every day use and the low cost adds a care free attitude which is a concern with more costly chromatics. Good sound and ease of use all adds up to a all round everyday player. I find the slide to be OK and has a sound return which I like. Plays well right out of the box. Buy it and have a good time with it. Harp on!!

                 
                4.0

                Educator 10 Chromatic Harmonica

                By Ray O'

                from Dutch Harbor, AK

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                Pros

                • Inexpensive

                Cons

                • A Little "breathy"

                Best Uses

                • Learning The Scales
                • Working Out Melodies

                Comments about Hohner Educator 10 Chromatic Harmonica:

                For the money, this was a good buy for me. I've had other chromatic harmonicas, and this one is close in quality. It might be a little "breathy," but if I tighten up my tongue-blocking technique, it's not a problem. I had no trouble with the slide. I did not find it hard to operate. It's a fun harmonica. Since it's so inexpensive, I don't feel the need to baby it. I carry it with me all the time. It's a fun instrument.

                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                A beginner's opinion

                By Jimmy

                from Pacific Palisades

                About Me Novice

                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Easy To Play
                • Great For Beginners

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Small Venues

                  Comments about Hohner Educator 10 Chromatic Harmonica:

                  I had begun to use a Hohner Chromatic C that had lain unsed for a number of years. When attempting to clean it a couple of the valves fell off the reed plates. This seems a good alternative without the "valves".

                  Actually there are replacement valves available for the Chromatic C, but they are ridiculaously expensive for a set that appears to fit a range of harps. They are made using a modified cross cut shredder that is fed standard 8-1/2 x 11 fiberglass reinforced sheets that are slightly thinner than printer paper. In seconds it will fill a hopper with enough shredder confetti type valve material to supply over 100 sets of valves at a price almost equal to the cost of this harp.

                  See the manufacturer for reference to valve price and availability.

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