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The Hohner Old Standby Harmonica will get you through, whether you're riding high, singing the blues, or just waiting on a train. A longtime favorite...Read More

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The Hohner Old Standby Harmonica will get you through, whether you're riding high, singing the blues, or just waiting on a train. A longtime favorite of many country artists, the model 34B Old Standby is always ready to express your spontaneous musical soul. With the image of a ship's anchor on the coverplate, the Hohner Old Standby harmonica keeps you feeling and sounding secure. Hohner builds the 34B Old Standby in standard tuning.

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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.

Your faithful friend and the anchor of your musical soul.

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HohnerOld Standby Harmonica
 
3.7

(based on 27 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

76%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to play (10)
  • Good audio (8)
  • Consistent (7)
  • Quality craftsmanship (7)
  • Warm tone (6)

Cons

  • Inconsistent (3)
  • Poor quality (3)

Best Uses

  • Small venues (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (12), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

good, but not good enough

The Old Standby, made in China, is about as good as you would expect from Hohner's budget harps. But that's not really good enough for the Old Standby. You see, the Old...Read complete review

The Old Standby, made in China, is about as good as you would expect from Hohner's budget harps. But that's not really good enough for the Old Standby. You see, the Old Standby is a classic harp model that dates back over a century to 1892. Up until recently, it was made in Germany, and was a splendid instrument. Generations of Country artists preferred the Old Standby as thier harp of choice. But since the 1990s, it is a Chinese made beginner's harp. What a terrible way to celebrate the model's centenial. This needs to change! Hohner, if you are listening to your customers, please return the Old Standby to a quality German made instrument again, but sell it at a lower price (like the Big River MS). To make the Old Standby unique, give it phospher bronze reeds, like the Suzuki Bluesmaster and the Bushman Delta Frost. Phospher bronze reeds are gaining popularity with harp players, and a German made Old Standby would be the perfect Hohner model to enter the phospher bronze market. Please listen to us, Hohner!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Old Standby needs to be German made again

I love the Old Standby. The classic Hohner model 34b is an icon among harps that rivals the Marine Band. The sad thing is that Hohnor, for over a decade now, has been...Read complete review

I love the Old Standby. The classic Hohner model 34b is an icon among harps that rivals the Marine Band. The sad thing is that Hohnor, for over a decade now, has been making Old Standbys in China with a significant decrease in quality. How I wish Hohner would restore the respect and greatness to model 34b by making it in Germany once again at a low price comparable to the Blues Bender and Big River harps. It would be to Hohner's benefit to offer more German made models in the lower price range, and the Old Standby is a model that deserves such an upgrade the most. Come on Hohner...please make the Old Standby, model 34b, in Germany again at a price comparable to the Blues Bender and Big River models.

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1.0

Not good.

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Pros

    Cons

    • Flat Sound
    • Inconsistent
    • Poor Quality

    Best Uses

      Comments about Hohner Old Standby Harmonica:

      Save your money and buy good harps. Decline one of these even if it is free. Useless. Did I suggest buying good harps? Buy good harps.

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      1.0

      Pure junk

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      Pros

      • Looks like a harmonica.

      Cons

      • Airy. Nearly impossible to bend notes.Useless.
      • Flat Sound
      • Inconsistent
      • Poor Quality

      Best Uses

      • Looks like a harmonica

      Comments about Hohner Old Standby Harmonica:

      I bought a few of these a year or two ago when I started to play harp. I quickly learned that you get what you pay for, only less in the case of these Old Standbys. If I didn't gear up with a quiver of Special 20s, I would have given up frustrated with the Old Standbys. As my harp playing gets better, the inadequacies of the Old Standby become even more apparent. They are unplayable compared to good serviceable harps. No joke. If you are serious about leaning to play, pony up and buy decent harmonicas. To avoid passing the frustration along, I destroyed 7 of these with a ball peen hammer. I love my Special 20s and also have a number of Lee Oscars. Buying the Old Standbys only delayed learning. End of rant. Buy good harps one at a time if you have to.

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      5.0

      Well made, and sounds good. A good, beginning harmonica.

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      from Kansas

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      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Easy To Play
      • Quality Craftsmanship

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          Comments about Hohner Old Standby Harmonica:

          Inexpensive, and in the key of "G" !

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          5.0

          Dancing Granddaughters

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          from Santa Rosa, CA

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          Pros

          • Easy To Play
          • Rich Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Hohner Old Standby Harmonica:

              I bought 3 Hohner Old Standby harmonicas to give to my 3 granddaughters (5,4,&3) at our family Thanksgiving dinner. They were a huge hit and the girls were dancing as they played their first harmonicas. I pulled out my grandfather's old Hohner Echo and joined in. Thank you Hohner and Musician's Friend for carrying on a family tradition.

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              5.0

              I am satisfied with the product I purchased.

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              from Mountains of TN.

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              Pros

              • Quality Craftsmanship

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Accompaniment

                Comments about Hohner Old Standby Harmonica:

                Back up sound when needed.

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                5.0

                Good instrument

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                from Gettysburg, PA

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home entertainment

                  Comments about Hohner Old Standby Harmonica:

                  This instrument is of good quality and I'm really happy that I got it.

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                  5.0

                  Good instrument.

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                  from Gettysburg, PA

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Just for my own use.

                    Comments about Hohner Old Standby Harmonica:

                    I privately pick and grin on Saturday evenings, these harmonicas are real plusses.

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                    5.0

                    Great item!

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                    from Gettysburg, PA

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                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Just for me.

                      Comments about Hohner Old Standby Harmonica:

                      A good quality instrument.

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                      5.0

                      Oops! But corrected.

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                      from Gettysburg, PA

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                      Pros

                      • 1st 1 bad, 2nd 1 great!
                      • Consistent
                      • Easy To Play
                      • Quality Craftsmanship
                      • Rich Sound
                      • Warm Tone

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Just for me.

                        Comments about Hohner Old Standby Harmonica:

                        Some reeds on 1st one were bad. Free replacement is really good.

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                        4.0

                        Good Harmonica

                        By 

                        from Upland, CA

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                        Pros

                        • Easy To Play

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Small Venues

                          Comments about Hohner Old Standby Harmonica:

                          I bought these last ones to take to Uganda as presents, but the Old Standby is where I started and am still satisfied with the sound. I also play about ten or eleven other harmonicas including the Super Chromonica and the 280C. I have given them before as gifts and found them to be very substantial. A great beginner harp.

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