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Hohner XB-40 Extreme Bending Harmonica  

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The Hohner XB-40 Extreme Bending Harmonica was designed by Hohner USA's own Rick Epping and with a 40 reed system that gives harp players complete be...Read More

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Be the bluesiest!

The Hohner XB-40 Extreme Bending Harmonica was designed by Hohner USA's own Rick Epping and with a 40 reed system that gives harp players complete bending freedom with overdraws and overblows in all 10 holes. Precision engineered and manufactured under the highest quality standards, the Hohner XB-40's revolutionary design permits a level of expression and note bending capability never before possible on any harmonica.

On a regular 10-hole diatonic, or Marine Band type harmonica, the standard blues note bending technique involves an interaction between 2 reeds, one blow and one draw. On this style harmonica, only the higher pitched of the 2 notes from any given reed cell can be bent and then only to a point somewhat above that of the lower-pitched reed.

The Hohner XB-40 overcomes this limitation by incorporating an additional set of reeds, tuned so that all twenty of the harmonica's notes can be bent using the standard blues harp bending technique. Using a system of patented valve chambers, the auxiliary reeds come into play only during note bending. The Hohner XB-40 is tuned so that every note can be bent a whole tone, with an additional semitone bend on the 3-draw to complete the chromatic scale in the first octave.

FEATURES
  • Plastic comb
  • 40 reeds
  • Brass reedplates (.9mm)

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HohnerXB-40 Extreme Bending Harmonica
 
3.5

(based on 29 reviews)

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Try a Little Tenderness!

When I bought my first XB-40, I was warned by the harp-specialist dealer to carefully break it in -- that it takes time, several episodes of gentle blowing and drawing, or else...Read complete review

When I bought my first XB-40, I was warned by the harp-specialist dealer to carefully break it in -- that it takes time, several episodes of gentle blowing and drawing, or else you'll have trouble. I guess I did not break in my second enough; it has a couple of sour reeds now in the middle of the scale, and pretty much zaps that key for performance. BUT -- I WILL buy a replacement, and hope that this time I can break it in so that it reponds and lasts. I have been playing 40 years, often professionally, (recorded and soloed to crowds of 10,000), and I really love the size and the sound and the range of this harp. I never had trouble bending the Marine Bands to the max, so this is a breeze. It's range is so wide that i am now playing jazz solos with relative ease. Yes, some people you jam with mistake it for a chromatic, but you really can get a bit dirty if work at it. Love the deep tones from the bass notes! 'Cuz of the price, Not exactly an expendab[e harp after 3 months. I hope they can manufacture them withstand hard blowing and not blow out reeds. All in all, an admirable innovation. This thing has such potential, that I would be fearless in any blues-harp cutting contest with those diehard purists with their itty-biity conventional diatonics! Me and XB-40 Will blow you away, Jack!

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Worst Harp Ever Made!

I have been playing harp for about 15 years and I was very excited about this harp. I thought it must be a great harp to cost 3 times the amount of any good...Read complete review

I have been playing harp for about 15 years and I was very excited about this harp. I thought it must be a great harp to cost 3 times the amount of any good quality harp. So I went ahead and paid the price. And I was totally 100% disapointed! It not only is made for giants with the holes big enough to french kiss. It plays and sounds like crap! Anyone who thinks this is a good harp is playing Bob Dylan style music! I feel like I was totaly ripped off for the money I paid for this totaly worthless 3 year olds toy. Go ahead and buy one if you want to totaly waste your money. I only wrote this review to maybe warn those who will take heed that this is the worst harp ever made! Honner makes alot of great harps get three of them!Mine will be giving to some 3 year old kid. I sure it will make him/her happy and I guess that will make the waste of good money a bit easier to take.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Size matters

By Morgan Pymm

from Annapolis

About Me Novice

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Pros

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

Cons

  • Size

Best Uses

  • Accompaniment
  • Blues

Comments about Hohner XB-40 Extreme Bending Harmonica:

This is a great harp and is my second XB40. My first one was of standard size while this one is about 50% larger with accompanying difference in hole spacing. I would have preferred original format. Bends well but takes practice on 2, 9, & 10. I would recommend.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Mr

By Jay Desimone

from Boston

Comments about Hohner XB-40 Extreme Bending Harmonica:

excellent
is is a large version of the special 20 it's an excellent harmonica. I'll most likely
replace all my dyitonic collection with these new CB 40's Im a professional chromatic
harmonica player and i have to say hohnor is and will always be number one
they got it rite again . enjoy.
Jay DeSimone

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(8 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Worst Harp Ever Made!

By itisihere

from Az.

Comments about Hohner XB-40 Extreme Bending Harmonica:

I have been playing harp for about 15 years and I was very excited about this harp. I thought it must be a great harp to cost 3 times the amount of any good quality harp. So I went ahead and paid the price. And I was totally 100% disapointed! It not only is made for giants with the holes big enough to french kiss. It plays and sounds like crap! Anyone who thinks this is a good harp is playing Bob Dylan style music! I feel like I was totaly ripped off for the money I paid for this totaly worthless 3 year olds toy. Go ahead and buy one if you want to totaly waste your money. I only wrote this review to maybe warn those who will take heed that this is the worst harp ever made! Honner makes alot of great harps get three of them!Mine will be giving to some 3 year old kid. I sure it will make him/her happy and I guess that will make the waste of good money a bit easier to take.

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(4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

very expensive/low durability

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Hohner XB-40 Extreme Bending Harmonica:

Nice harp, but at a great price and the plastic reeds did not last. Buy a crossover

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(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Buy A Real Harp

By JohnnyD--D7Oq

from Lincoln, NE

Comments about Hohner XB-40 Extreme Bending Harmonica:

Perhaps I got a lemmon. Don't be fooled by the ad for this harp. I sent mine back after the first day. mine rattled on the low notes, overall poor sound and one reed was out of tune. You will be happier with a Hohner Crossover at almost have the price/twice the quality and sound.

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(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A Hohner harp that beats a Lee Oskar!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Hohner XB-40 Extreme Bending Harmonica:

This harp is amazing, allowing you to bend on just about all blow and draw holes. Although it is a little pricey, it's worth it. I found out that they are making some additional keys and I have to get at least a couple more. The tone is great and works on blues, classical and country/rock. This harp makes you sound better than the pros because I want to see them bend a t draw down a whole tone. You can't.

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(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

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By DrKewel

from Philadelphia, PA

Comments about Hohner XB-40 Extreme Bending Harmonica:

I used it for about a year, and it does all that it claims to. Bends around the corner with great tone. But, after that year, plastic reeds were in my mouth and it all went out of tune. Need another one. Expected more from a harmonica costing over one hundred dollars.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Bent about the price

By Dan the harmonica man

from Gunnison, CO

Comments about Hohner XB-40 Extreme Bending Harmonica:

I bought a one of these in the key of G and have had very good service out of it. Some people can't believe the tone and how the notes can be bent. I was thinking about getting one in thekey of E but was surprized when I saw the price! It has TRIPPLED!!! I can't afford to buy one now.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Not Worth It

By Soothsayer

from Chicago

Comments about Hohner XB-40 Extreme Bending Harmonica:

If you can bend on regular harps, stick with what you have! Contrary to popular belief, the reeds can be blown; I blew one out the first time I played with a group. SEVERELY disappointed.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Be Careful!!!

By RushFan1000

from Buffalo NY

Comments about Hohner XB-40 Extreme Bending Harmonica:

Make Sure you know you want to buy this harmonica before getting one. It has wind saver valves like on the hohner auto valve and chromatic harmonicas. This is not a bad thing but can make this harp a pain to take care of and maintain. Remember this thing also has twice as many reeds which are specially made so replacing them or fixing them is different from regular diatonics. Obviously I'll save the best for last...for the price of this, it's not worth buying. I think I'd rather get an octave harp and play blues on that.

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