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Hohner Special 20 Harmonica  

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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

        Don't get caught without all the keys you need. Experience the vibe of the Special 20 and expand your horizons. Order today.

         
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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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        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

        Special 20

        The Special 20 is the very best harmonica to start learning with. It has a smooth feel on your mouth, without those nasty metal rails of the Marine Band. Your mouth glides easily over the comb when you play. Also, it has a terrific sound. A real sharp crunch. I agree with an earlier reviewer that they dont last though. You will likely blow out reeds. I had a Special 20 last 3 days once. But for ease of play and terrific harp sound, this is the one to get. I also highly recommend Golden Melody for their responsiveness.

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        5.0

        Great Sounding Harp

        By etuckermusic

        from Twin Falls, ID

        This harp sounds great! Easy to play and bend. The only problem I had was that the reeds seemed to wear out very fast, but, I play very hard and bend a lot. The sound was totally worth it. I'm buying another.

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        5.0

        the best harmonica ive ever owned.

        By sing2mecali

        from california

        Well im not an achomplished professional harp player or anything but i think i am knowladgeable enough to know what a good harmonica is and what a bad harmonica is.To me this is defenatley a good one. It sounds beautiful, it is easy to play and bend notes, and it did not take long to break in. i own about 5 or 6 other harmonicas and have played many more but this one is by far my favorite.i wish i could have learned on this instrument, it would have made the learning process so much easier, but hey i am still learning new things and this is making it easier. get one in every key you want.

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        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!

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        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.

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        (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.

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        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

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        5.0

        Happy customer...

        By Dan-TDbZW

        from Middleboro, MA.

        These harps just play well, no doubt about it! They allow you to bend notes easily and they can stand up to repeated vigorous playing. I initially owned Johnson harps due to the low cost and as they have gone south on me I've replaced them with Special 20's. It's easy to see why the old say, "you get what you pay for" is so true.If you have not tried a Special 20 before, treat yourself, you won't be disappointed.

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        5.0

        Nice

        By MZ8243296ismybass

        from Saratoga Springs, NY

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        I am reletively new to harmonica, so I spent alot of time finding the right one for me. I'm very glad my search led me to this harp. The thirty dollars seemed like a steep price at first, but after playing this for a few hours, I realized how much it is worth it. Sure, I wouldn't use this harp to fill in less common keys, but one in C, and maybe one in G (I play banjo along with it), and it should plenty to learn on. The case is a nice bonus as well.

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        5.0

        The Oskar is a loser

        By s335335@yahoo.com

        from Durham, NC

        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.

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