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Hohner Piedmont Blues 7-Harmonica Pack with Case  

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The Hohner Piedmont Blues 7-Harmonica Pack with Case is a super value. Includes 7 harps with Hohner-quality brass reeds, aluminum plates, precision-m...Read More

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An assortment of harps at a super low price.

The Hohner Piedmont Blues 7-Harmonica Pack with Case is a super value. Includes 7 harps with Hohner-quality brass reeds, aluminum plates, precision-molded combs, and a plush-lined nylon case. Keys: G, A, Bb, C, D, E, and F (lowest to highest).

Hohner includes a Bb harp for playing cross-harp in the key of F—a favorite key of harmonica greats like Little Walter.


Pick up a pack of harmonicas and be ready to jam in any key. Order today!

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HohnerPiedmont Blues 7-Harmonica Pack with Case
 
3.5

(based on 155 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (54)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (40)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (27)

62%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to play (17)
  • Consistent (16)
  • Quality craftsmanship (12)
  • Warm tone (12)
  • Good audio (10)

Cons

  • Poor quality (15)
  • Flat sound (6)
  • Inconsistent (6)

Best Uses

  • Accompaniment (9)
  • Small venues (8)
  • Soundtracks (5)
  • Jazz clubs (3)
  • School bands (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Novice (17), Experienced (15), Professional musician (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Good Bargin for what it is

As with all bargain instruments the buyer should take in to consideration the quality expected for the price paid and intended use. These harmonicas are for amateur, occasional use, if you buy them...Read complete review

As with all bargain instruments the buyer should take in to consideration the quality expected for the price paid and intended use. These harmonicas are for amateur, occasional use, if you buy them for other use or expect them to be comporable to Special 20's or other Hohner harps you will likely be dissapointed.

Contrary to some reviews I have read these are not toys. Yes, they are plastic and light duty but they are nice looking, in tune, all of the harps worked well out of the box and have a fair sound. The cons I have noticed so far are they have low volume, are not great for note bending and do not appear to be durable.

I already own a few quality harmonicas in common keys and bought these to add some light harmonica parts and accents to home recordings in "odd" keys, these are perfect in that role.
To me it makes a lot more sense to buy this set than to go out and spend this amount for a harmonica (in a key I don't commonly use) that will only be used for one small part or one recording. Now that I own the Piedmont set when I come across the odd intro or small harmonica part in a key for which I don't own a higher quality instrument I will have the harp needed handy.

Some reviewers say these are not for the beginner but I disagree. While rank beginners may not be able to use these for practicing and note bending (beginners should own a quality "C" harp for daily practice, I have a marine band that is great practice and normal play ) I think they are perfect for someone starting out to learn songs in different keys and to learn how to cross key and use the different harps.

Keep in mind that if you are serious about harmonica you will have to upgrade, these are not a long term instrument for the serious player and are not well suited for heavy use and live performance duty. The case is really nice so as you upgrade you will be able to slide the new harps right in. For the occasional harmonica player the case is nice to keep on a shelf and have a harmonica handy when needed.

Overall for the intended use and money spent I feel this is an excellent bargain.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

SAVE YOUR MONEY. REALLY...

I am a starting-over harpist, but a full-time gigging musician and teacher. Back in that magical day when the sixties wee becoming the seventies I used a couple of Marine Band and Hohner Blues...Read complete review

I am a starting-over harpist, but a full-time gigging musician and teacher. Back in that magical day when the sixties wee becoming the seventies I used a couple of Marine Band and Hohner Blues harps as part of a so-lo (as in how low can you sink...) acoustic thing I used to do. I would hang them around my neck like Dylan and Neil Young, and honk out the hits.

A couple of months ago, I had a wild hair and thought about getting some harp chops together. I play in a blues-rock-country bar band, and I thought (imitates Bruce Willis in the first Die Hard), "Yeah, get a couple of keys, learn a couple of licks, it'll be a blast!" I got this Piedmont 7-harp set and started checking YouTube for instructional vids. I teach guitar and orchestra in a public school and have the summer (mostly) off, so...

Well, first the good stuff: Musician's Friend gave me a great deal! We agree not to discuss actual prices, but I did pay a hair under the everyday low price because of an accessories sale, and I of course got the fast, FREE SHIPPING that keeps me coming back to MF.

Unfortunately, these harps are, in my opinion, money poorly spent. You're supposed to grip the harp between the thumb and extended first finger with the holes facing your mouth. These harps have tops and bottoms made of a rubbery soft plastic that kind of creeps me out to touch. I feel like I'm going to crush this toy in my thumb and one finger, and the things smell and taste like plastic.

The worst part is the reeds. They take a second to respond, making a "fwah" on the beginning of each note. I should mention that I was a tuba major in college and am a private instructor on brass instruments, so please don't tell me I'm not putting enough air into the harp. Also, there's no "cut" to the tone, just this sort of anemic wheeze...

Seriously, if you want to explore any new musical instrument it is vitally important that you get a good playing, fairly responsive piece. No matter what the cost or where it comes from, you can't learn on an instrument that fights with you. For the about the same dough, you would be MUCH better off getting ONE nice harp (Marine Band, Special 20, Blues Harp, the Lee Oskars are quite nice) and then adding keys as your needs progress. Anyway, I do plan on keeping the case that these bad boys came in, it's not too bad...

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1.0

Hear me now....you'll thank me later.........

By Honest Abe

from Green Bay WI

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Case Is Pretty Good
  • Use As A Paperweight

Cons

  • Flat Sound
  • Inconsistent
  • Poor Quality
  • Requires Adjustment Often
  • Useless

Best Uses

  • Use Case For Other Harps

Comments about Hohner Piedmont Blues 7-Harmonica Pack with Case:

....you will notice that there are many reviews that say these harmonicas are just about useless. Believe me when I tell you.....IT'S TRUE!!............they're good for about 10 songs each....then ka-put.....they start going flat or no sound at all.....there's a reason why they're so cheap....these harps are the epitome of "you get what you pay for".....save your money for a set of good ones.....

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1.0

Please don't buy these

By Dreamlab Recording Studio

from Port Richey, FL

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Pros

  • Came In A Nice Case

Cons

  • Flat Sound
  • Inconsistent
  • Leaves A Plastic Taste
  • Poor Quality
  • Requires Adjustment Often

Best Uses

    Comments about Hohner Piedmont Blues 7-Harmonica Pack with Case:

    These harmonicas have cheap plastic covers that smell and even taste like cheap plastic. The covers leak so badly that it is nearly impossible to get a clear note from the harp. I cannot over emphasize how bad these really are. Buy Big Rivers, or Special 20's, or Marine Band, or Golden Melody, but please don't buy these.

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    1.0

    Plastic

    By enderFP

    from Albuquerque

    Pros

      Cons

      • Poor Quality

      Best Uses

        Comments about Hohner Piedmont Blues 7-Harmonica Pack with Case:

        These are toys. It's difficult to produce consistent sound and some require enough force that you hear blowing more than the harmonica. Was quite surprised to see these were plastic instead of metal. Horrible for beginners and useless for anyone else.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Very bad Waste of money

        By Lazi_mantis

        from Antioch CA

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • None

        Cons

        • Poor Quality
        • They Were Garbage

        Best Uses

        • None

        Comments about Hohner Piedmont Blues 7-Harmonica Pack with Case:

        I realize that being at such a low price I should have expected it; but they were such a low quality I wouldn't even give them to a child.

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        (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Good Price for a Spare Set

        By SutureSelf fan

        from MA

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Can't Beat The Price
        • Carrying Case Is Perfect
        • Decent Sound

        Cons

        • Faint Chemical Smell
        • Plastic Not Metal

        Best Uses

          Comments about Hohner Piedmont Blues 7-Harmonica Pack with Case:

          I have specific harps for gigging, all high end (Marine Band, Hohner Special, Lee Oskar, etc), but each one cost about the same as you might pay for this whole set, never mind the case. This is a great spare set to stash in your gig bag in case you forget or lose a harp, or if you're jamming at an open mic nite and need options for different keys. Like all cheap harps (even metal ones), these do not bend notes as well or as easily, and while the tone is OK, I'd opt for a more expensive harp for recording. There is a noticeable chemical/plastic smell when you first open up the package, and I'm hoping this goes away completely after a few days. So, you get what you pay for - but if you want to fill out your collection with keys you don't have, or have a spare set, you can't beat the price!

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          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          GREAT set for beginners!

          By Glenn The Busker

          from Charleston SC

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Nice Case
          • Seven Keys
          • Uber Cheap

          Cons

          • Don't Bend Well
          • Low Volume

          Best Uses

          • Learning Harmonica

          Comments about Hohner Piedmont Blues 7-Harmonica Pack with Case:

          Ah, the memories of my very first set of harps when I decided to learn to play!
          Harmonicas are just like any other musical product; quality costs and ya get what ya pay for.
          Good harps are expensive; see how much you'll pay for seven keys of Special 20's or Lee Oskars.
          Multiple keys are a great way to learn and really see what you can do with the harp. Your ears get a frame of reference as you try to find YOUR sound.
          And...the case is perfect for when you are ready to commit to more expensive instruments.

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          (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          key indicator wares off

          By woody

          from The Woodlands Texas

          About Me Novice

          Pros

            Cons

            • Key Paint Ware's Off
            • Mounth Surface Is Ruf
            • Poor Quality
            • Their Are Two Major Probl

            Best Uses

              Comments about Hohner Piedmont Blues 7-Harmonica Pack with Case:

              Two major problems
              1. the paint that states the key wares off
              2. the surface that mounth mates with is rought.

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              (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great sound

              By Robb

              from Delaware

              About Me Novice

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Materials

              Best Uses

              • Accompaniment
              • Jazz Clubs
              • School Bands
              • Small Venues
              • Soundtracks

              Comments about Hohner Piedmont Blues 7-Harmonica Pack with Case:

              When I first opened the package and pulled one of the harmonicas out I was a bit disappointed with these plastic harmonicas. I was however amazed at the quality of the tones produced. Do not let the materials fool you. These are high quality instruments musically even if they feel like a kids toy..

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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Worthless

              By Mr H

              from Tampa Fl

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Nice Case

              Cons

              • Flat Sound
              • Hard To Play - Leaks Air
              • Inconsistent
              • Poor Quality

              Best Uses

                Comments about Hohner Piedmont Blues 7-Harmonica Pack with Case:

                I cannot believe all the positive reviews. These things are horrible. You have to blow hard just to get a wimpy sound. The rough surface irritates your lips. It tastes and smells like a toxic chemical. All seven units had at least one defective reed. I would not give this to even a beginner; it would be very discouraging for them. Yes they are very cheap, but are useless. Save up for something that sounds good and is easy to play, like a Marine band or special 20. There is a world of difference, and it is not all that much money.
                The only positive is that the case is nice.

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                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                excellent for starters

                By woody

                from The Woodlands Texas

                About Me Novice

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good Price For Quality
                • Warm Tone

                Cons

                • Tones A Little Off

                Best Uses

                • Learning And Jamming

                Comments about Hohner Piedmont Blues 7-Harmonica Pack with Case:

                gives beginners a way to jam with music in several keys.

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