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The legendary Special 20 harmonica offers unique qualities in its response, superior bending, and a rich tone. Featuring a durable, airtight, plastic...Click To Read More About This Product

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OVERVIEW

A legendary harp.

The legendary Special 20 harmonica offers unique qualities in its response, superior bending, and a rich tone. Featuring a durable, airtight, plastic comb, it has become the harmonica of choice for recording artist John Popper (Blues Traveler), as well as musicians that enjoy a wide variety of genres from country and folk, to rhythm and blues. Available in 12 major keys as well as a special Country Tuning, which features a major 7th when played in the cross harp position.

With their excellent response and great tone, diatonic harmonicas from HOHNER have earned a worldwide reputation for the finest quality. They are frequently referred to as "Blues Harps" and are primarily used as melody instruments in blues, rock, pop, country and folk as well as other styles.

FEATURES
German craftsmanship provides superior response, bendability and tone
Precision molded plastic comb for unmatched comfort and durability
Recessed reed plates and airtight designfor consistently excellent performance
SPECIFICATIONS
Type: diatonic
Ttuning: Richter
Number of holes: 10
Reeds: 20 brass
Cover surface: stainless steel
Reed plates: 0,9 mm brass
Reed plate: surface brass
Mouthpiece: surface ABS
Comb: ABS, black
Length: 10 cm
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HohnerProgressive Series 560 Special 20 Harmonica
 
4.4

(based on 41 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (29)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

84%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to play (23)
  • Consistent (22)
  • Quality craftsmanship (22)
  • Good audio (19)
  • Warm tone (17)

Cons

  • Poor quality (3)

Best Uses

  • Accompaniment (16)
  • Small venues (14)
  • Soundtracks (6)
  • Jazz clubs (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (20), Novice (10), Professional musician (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

sweet harp

Hey y'all,I'll say that,for sure,this is the best harp on the market as far as I'm concerned. However, I've been playing these harmonicas for seven, going on eight years, and...Read complete review

Hey y'all,I'll say that,for sure,this is the best harp on the market as far as I'm concerned. However, I've been playing these harmonicas for seven, going on eight years, and I'm here to tell you (and Hohner),the only thing progressive about this harp is the price. When I dought my first one in o-seven they were about half the price they are now, and my opinion is that, for some odd reason, the market is trying to put us unsigned, starving, harp players out of buisness. Please let up on our yoke. I mean, we have to have at least 12 of them, give us a break.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Progressive line has no teeth.

I thought I was buying a Special 20 No. 560 because my local music store always had them, so I automatically grabbed it. No action with the reeds when I bend them. Looked...Read complete review

I thought I was buying a Special 20 No. 560 because my local music store always had them, so I automatically grabbed it. No action with the reeds when I bend them. Looked at the description on the back of the box and it indicated it wasn't for the blues. Buyer beware!

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(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

sweet harp

By "Tiny" Chris Himes

from Arlington, Tx.

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

  • Too Expensive

Best Uses

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

Comments about Hohner Progressive Series 560 Special 20 Harmonica:

Hey y'all,I'll say that,for sure,this is the best harp on the market as far as I'm concerned. However, I've been playing these harmonicas for seven, going on eight years, and I'm here to tell you (and Hohner),the only thing progressive about this harp is the price. When I dought my first one in o-seven they were about half the price they are now, and my opinion is that, for some odd reason, the market is trying to put us unsigned, starving, harp players out of buisness. Please let up on our yoke. I mean, we have to have at least 12 of them, give us a break.

(6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

consistent quality

By Mye

from Boston MA. area

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Pros

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

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • All

Comments about Hohner Progressive Series 560 Special 20 Harmonica:

Special 20 is a wonderful all around instrument.Consistent quality and playability. LOng lasting and durable. 40 yrs. ago I started playing Marine Band and Blues Harps, then switched to Lee Oscars which are expensive and I tend to pop reeds on them. They didn't last and let me down in the middle of performances. Went back to Honer Special 20's and have not had any problems. By the way it is a Harmonica, not a Harp. Harps are large stringed instruments. I love doing business with Musicians Friend. They really are!

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This Is It

By flin1

from Wichita, Kansas

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Hohner Progressive Series 560 Special 20 Harmonica:

    Yes you can pay less for a decent harp, like the Hohner Big River or the Suzuki Folkmaster and you can pay more for finer harps, like the Manji or a Seydel, but you won't find a comparable pro level harp for the price or a Special 20. I'd be happy if all my harps were Special 20s and I have all the harps I mentioned above as well as a Bushman Soul's Voice. If you're just getting started just shell out the money and get one. You'll never regret it.

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Shipped quickly

    By Brenda

    from Nebraska

    About Me Experienced

    Comments about Hohner Progressive Series 560 Special 20 Harmonica:

    Beautiful sound, easy on the lips. I used to play a Lee Oskar, but this Hohner has a much more beautiful sound! Thanks!

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great deal on a great Harp

    By EttoreC

    from Harper Woods, MI

    About Me Experienced

    Comments about Hohner Progressive Series 560 Special 20 Harmonica:

    Even though the harp in my key choice was not in stock, I have received it before the arrival projected date. It was a pleasant surprise and even more so when I started playing a simple song on it. It has very good tonal vibrancy and decent volume. I just started "bending" a couple of days ago and it responds very well. I like to break in my harmonicas rather slow - it helps in maintaining the reeds in good working order.
    A great buy from a great on-line store. I highly recommend it.

    (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    New Progressive Series

    By J -

    from Long Island, NY

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

      Cons

      • Poor Quality

      Best Uses

        Comments about Hohner Progressive Series 560 Special 20 Harmonica:

        I've been playing the Special 20 harp exclusively since they were introduced. I probably go through 6-10 harmonicas a year. This past week - I received my first "Progressive" Series instrument. Horrible. Reeds respond poorly and leak air - at times nothing heard at all on quick passages. Notes bend smoothly. After all these years looks like I am going to have to search for a new manufacturer. Not happy at all.

        (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Hohner made music fun again

        By red

        from warwas va

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        Pros

        • Easy To Play
        • Quality Craftsmanship
        • Rich Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Accompaniment
          • Praise Band
          • Small Venues
          • Soundtracks

          Comments about Hohner Progressive Series 560 Special 20 Harmonica:

          I have always heard that music is easier to learn if you have a quality instrument, its true.I always loved the harp and introduction to the Special 20 by Hohner made it happen.

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Just a good harp!

          By P. Harper

          from BC

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Hohner Progressive Series 560 Special 20 Harmonica:

              Very good all-around harp.(I use these and Pro Harps). Good for experienced users as well as beginners, since it's a little easier to get into than Pro Harp etc. others. Nice warm, yet bright tone and takes relatively little air to play.

              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Still a great deal

              By Rick

              from undisclosed

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              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Rich Sound

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Blues Band

                Comments about Hohner Progressive Series 560 Special 20 Harmonica:

                The Special20 is a great harmonica. It is airtight and ready to play out of the box.

                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Works for me I'm Only bying the 20's

                By Louie

                from Eastern CT

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                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Rich Sound

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Accompaniment
                  • Small Venues

                  Comments about Hohner Progressive Series 560 Special 20 Harmonica:

                  20 years of Harmonicas and I have settled in on the 562 special 20 Series. I like to play Country Gospel and easy Old Time Rock & Roll.

                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  I buy this product because it blends well with many Music st

                  By Louie

                  from Eastern CT

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                  Pros

                  • Consistent
                  • Rich Sound
                  • Warm Tone

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Small Venues

                    Comments about Hohner Progressive Series 560 Special 20 Harmonica:

                    I have replaced my Blues Harps with this 560 series. Listeners like the sound. Great with Guitar Solo. Blends well.

                    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    2.0

                    Would not purchase again

                    By Ed

                    from Oregon

                    About Me Novice

                    Pros

                    • Rich Sound

                    Cons

                    • Inconsistent
                    • Poor Quality
                    • Requires Adjustment Often

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Hohner Progressive Series 560 Special 20 Harmonica:

                      Used very little. 7-8-9 holes especially the 8 will not play.

                      (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      1.0

                      Sorry for my purchase

                      By Tim

                      from Central Minnesota

                      About Me Experienced

                      Pros

                        Cons

                        • Non-existent craftsmanship
                        • Poor Quality

                        Best Uses

                        • Paper weight

                        Comments about Hohner Progressive Series 560 Special 20 Harmonica:

                        I've been playing Hohners exclusively for about 5 years - Marine Band Special 20's, Pro Harp MS's, Blues Harp MS's - and have always been happy with them. I recently bought a Special 20 ProgressivE, and it'll be the last Hohner harp I ever buy. Cheap bolts/nuts securing the cover plates, and fully 6 notes wouldn't play at all out of the box. When I disassembled it, the reed slots were ragged and the edges were not straight, several of the reeds had deep scratches across them about 1/3 up from the rivets (how long do you suppose they'll last?), and the #10 draw reed had the last 1.5mm bent upwards at about a 30° angle. Because I needed the harp to lay down a final track on a recording, I spent two hours repairing, adjusting, and tuning. This is unacceptable. From here on out, my money for new harps will go to Lee Oskar or Seydel.

                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        2.0

                        Progressive line has no teeth.

                        By Jumpin' Jack

                        from Maui, Hawaii

                        About Me Professional Musician

                        Pros

                        • Decent enough sound.

                        Cons

                        • Can't get that blues bend on the reeds.

                        Best Uses

                        • Maybe with an acoustic guitar.

                        Comments about Hohner Progressive Series 560 Special 20 Harmonica:

                        I thought I was buying a Special 20 No. 560 because my local music store always had them, so I automatically grabbed it. No action with the reeds when I bend them. Looked at the description on the back of the box and it indicated it wasn't for the blues. Buyer beware!

                        (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        1.0

                        Who can label and picture the right harmonica?

                        By Ziggy

                        from Surprise, Arizona

                        About Me Experienced

                        Pros

                        • pictured is NOT a Progressive

                        Cons

                        • less quality in Progressive than the 560 Special

                        Best Uses

                        • Progressive, a beginner harmonica-not air tight

                        Comments about Hohner Progressive Series 560 Special 20 Harmonica:

                        Pictured is the Hohner 560 Special 20 with marine band on the top plate. My search was for the 'new' Special 20 'Progressive'! Order a three pack and it reads you're getting the Hohner 560 Special 20 but the PICTURE SHOWS 'PROGRESSIVE' ON THE TOP COVER PLATE OF THE HARMONICA. Worse, the 'five' pack are the 'Progressives' but worded as the Hohner 560 Special 20 with no mention of Progressive until you look at the top cover plate - 'Progressive'. Buy the five pack and read the description. Three bullet points about the harmonica and 5 bullet points about the black plush 7 harmonica case! BUYER BEWARE!

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        I use the spec 20's for major keys

                        By Mojo Mark

                        from Central AZ

                        About Me Experienced

                        See all my reviews

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent
                        • Warm Tone

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Hohner Progressive Series 560 Special 20 Harmonica:

                            I like them. They seem to hold up longer than other brands

                            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            3.0

                            Not as good as expected.

                            By Ortz

                            from New Mexico

                            About Me Experienced

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                              Cons

                              • Inconsistent

                              Best Uses

                              • Small Venues

                              Comments about Hohner Progressive Series 560 Special 20 Harmonica:

                              The sound is inconsistent. Not the quality I expect from Hohner.

                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Good instrument, I would recomend to a friend.

                              By Topeka

                              from Kansas

                              See all my reviews

                              Verified Buyer

                              Comments about Hohner Progressive Series 560 Special 20 Harmonica:

                              New student

                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              great product.

                              By John

                              from Texas

                              About Me Novice

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Hohner Progressive Series 560 Special 20 Harmonica:

                                  Great harmonica, easy to play and sounds great. I now have two. The C and the Bb. I would buy another if needed.

                                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  4.0

                                  This is a good product. I recommend it.

                                  By sugarcane

                                  from South Carolina

                                  About Me Experienced

                                  See all my reviews

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Consistent
                                  • Easy To Play
                                  • Quality Craftsmanship

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Accompaniment
                                    • Small Venues

                                    Comments about Hohner Progressive Series 560 Special 20 Harmonica:

                                    I play professionally with pick-up gigs and this harp is perfect for that.

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