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Hohner Special 20 Harmonica   

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Awesome response, superior bendability, and the sweetest tone ever. The Special 20 harp is the first choice for those learning to play. Its special a...Click To Read More About This Product

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Classic tone and great durability.

Awesome response, superior bendability, and the sweetest tone ever. The Special 20 harp is the first choice for those learning to play. Its special airtight design makes it the most recommended go-to harp for harmonica players of any style, including blues, country, folk, or rock. The plastic comb doesn't absorb moisture, making it longer lasting. Harp of choice of harmonica virtuoso John Popper (of Blues Traveler) and played by Bob Dylan on his 2007/08 tour. Chances are your favorite player has several of these harps in his case. 12 major keys plus lower and higher octave tunings.

FEATURES
  • Pro quality
  • Richter tuning
  • All major keys
  • Genuine brass plates
  • Plastic comb
  • Bolted-on covers
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4.7

(based on 68 reviews)

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Great instant playability, key-to-key consistency

I have been playing harps seriously for about three years. I have Special 20s from G through F, and they have always impressed me, not only with their out-of-the box playability, but also...Read complete review

I have been playing harps seriously for about three years. I have Special 20s from G through F, and they have always impressed me, not only with their out-of-the box playability, but also with their consistent tuning and blow-draw air resistance from key to key. I have tried Lee Oskars, Bushmans, Herings, and others. They all have their good points, but I keep coming back to the Special 20s. What do I like so much? The Special 20's plastic comb is both tight and waterproof. It doesn't rub my lips raw nor leave the taste of brass in my mouth. The top and bottom covers are curved much more ergonomically than most harps; I hate all the sharp edges on the 1896 Marine Bands. I have to tweak and re-tweak the reed gaps on new Lee Oskars in lower keys, but not my Special 20s. The Hering 2020s are nicely made, but they start out a blowing awfully tight--and they are heftier than I like. And both the Oskars and the Herings have comparatively thick mouthpieces; better, perhaps, for players with bigger mouths than mine. The Bushmans are nicely finished harps but expensive. They also have an overly sweet high-end response, I think. Yes, I have blown out a reed or two in a Special 20, but that happens with metal fatigue...and it will happen every time with every harp if you fail to respect those micrometer-thin reeds! I find the Special 20 tone varies nicely with your playing dynamics, with your hand modulations, or with your amp settings (when playing through a microphone). The only way to improve these harps--are you listening, mein herren?--would be to make the reedplates in the Special 20s both replaceable AND economical enough for it to make sense to bother. It also wouldn't hurt to go all the way with the ergonomics and round off the corners of the comb. Finally, do as Lee Oskar does his key labeling: in nice, contrasty markings on both the back and the end of the comb, giving both first- and second-position keys. THAT Special 20 would be unbeatable!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Tuning problems

I bought one in E that had tuning problems. The sound it makes is nice if you get a good one. I prefer Hohner's Golden Melody model.

I bought one in E that had tuning problems. The sound it makes is nice if you get a good one. I prefer Hohner's Golden Melody model.

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5.0

Hohner Special 20 Harmonica

By Joe Harp

from NYC area

The Hohner Special 20 is the finest harmonica on the market. I've used them for over twenty years, and have tried every other brand, and nothing compares.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Its good

By LLITTLE

from ME

I started off with this harmonica. I like the sound quality but I cant bend the notes, I got this harp in a key of A

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

sp 20

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

this is a very nice german made harp! !i hope they stay at it i had a time with it myself,but this harp bends as easy as any and easier than many!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very Responsive

By bcwall

from Stillwater, OK

I am an intermediate harp player and I play with a bluegrass band in college. I had always used the Hohner Old Standby because they were cheap and easy to get. When I wore out my G harp, I decided to upgrade to the Special 20. I pulled it out of the box and without break-in, it played wonderfully. The responsiveness of this harp is truly amazing! If you are a beginner or intermediate that is looking for a good quality upgrade, the Special 20 is the way to go.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The Oskar is a loser

By s335335@yahoo.com

from Durham, NC

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I've played a Special 20 for years. Some of my friends have been recommending that I try a Lee Oskar so I did. Not even close. The sound and feel don't compare. If you want the real thing, buy a Hohner. If you want to mess with a pretender, buy the Oskar. After playing one lick on a Special 20, you'll toss the Oskar, just like I did.

 
5.0

so easy

By TENichols

from Philadelphia. PA

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This is the perfect beginners harp. Perfect for someone with low experience. It's easy on the lips because of the plastic comb and no sticking out metal plates like on the golden melody (although that is a great harmonica). Pretty simple to bend right out of the box, so don't let it tempt you into blowing it out quickly. Perfect for beginners, if you're experienced go with an MS Blues harp or a Marine Band (I like the wood sound).

 
5.0

Good harp for beginner to pro

By zeb-y6DAL

from Chicagoland

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This is a good harmonica because the reedplates are recessed into the plastic comb for a great airtight fit. It also sounds good, is easy to bend notes on and feels good in the hands and on the lips. I've wrecked a couple of these by overblowing but that's a common occurance on most 10 hole diatonics if you play them a lot and play them hard like I do. I like this one much better than some of the wooden comb diatonics. The Special 20 is always a good value.

 
4.0

A good basic harmonica

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Good for players of all skill ranges. Good basic!

 
5.0

Remarkable!

By Harpo

from India

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I bought my Hohner Special 20 about four months ago. When I blew on the holes for the first time, I knew exactly what everyone meant by the term, "warm sounding". The quality of sound is so good that I forget all my troubles whenever I play it! I've heard that these harmonicas don't last long. Well, I haven't been playing this harp for a very long time so I can't comment on its durability. Therefore, I'm gonna give this harmonica a perfect 10!

 
5.0

Great Harmonica

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

the special 20's are easy to play and sound great amplified.Listen to John Popper and see.

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