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Hohner 560 Special 20 Harmonica with Country Tuning

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The Hohner 560 Special 20 in country tuning (also known as major 7th tuning in cross harp position) has the 5-draw reed tuned 1/2 a step higher (to F...Click To Read More About This Product

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"Great for jazzy numbers or ragtime, as well as many other styles."

The Hohner 560 Special 20 in country tuning (also known as major 7th tuning in cross harp position) has the 5-draw reed tuned 1/2 a step higher (to F# on a C harp) than normal, allowing you to play a complete major diatonic scale in cross harp. As expert harp player Steve Baker describes in his book, The Harp Handbook, "What all this means in practice is that you can play major melodies whilst retaining the bluesy bending capabilities of the 2nd position. This is great for jazzy numbers or ragtime, as well as many other styles...."

Musicians that favor this harmonica include country music legends such as Charlie McCoy and renowned jazz musicians such as Lil' Ronnie Owens of the Grand Dukes.

The Special 20 is the most recommended go-to harp for harmonica players of any style, including blues, country, folk, or rock. The Special 20 delivers the coveted Marine Band sound and offers the added benefits of its plastic comb, which doesn't absorb moisture. Plastic combs are stable and do not swell, shrink, or crack. Plus they last longer and are more airtight than wood combs that can become swollen, twisted, and warped. Increased airtightness also means increased responsiveness. Plastic also provides comfort and it's smoother on the lips, preventing chafing. Another plus of the Hohner 560 Special 20 is that its reed plates are recessed into the comb. This keeps the 2 (rather sharp) edges of the brass reed plates from harming the your lips. The Special 20 is the harp-of-choice of harmonica virtuoso John Popper of the band Blues Traveler and was played by Bob Dylan on his 2007-2008 tour. Chances are your favorite player has several of these harmonicas in his case.

Choose your desired key!

About Hohner:
Hohner is a family company founded in 1857 in Trossingen, Germany by Matthias Hohner. Handmade quality and close attention to detail has set Hohner apart from the beginning. A top leading brand in harmonicas, Hohner harps are distributed worldwide. Hohner harmonicas are played on the street by buskers, in intimate nightclubs, on festival stages, and even in Carnegie Hall. Despite a diverse harmonica line used in music from country to classical genres, the most famous Hohner harmonicas are their simple, 10-hole diatonics used frequently by blues, rock, country, and folk musicians.

FEATURES
  • 10-hole diatonic
  • Country (major 7th) tuning
  • Reeds: 20
  • Reedplates: brass; 0.9 mm
  • Plastic comb
  • Length: 10 cm
  • Hohner harmonicas feature:
  • Improved reed profiles to increase reed life by over 200%
  • Precision die punches to ensure reed plates with unparalleled air tightness
  • Improved tuning accuracy (through investment in innovative new tools)
  • Extremely stable stainless steel covers that won't tarnish and are easy to clean
  • Dynamic range and highest volume of most any commercially made harmonica
  • Super-fast response at all volume levels
  • Easily adjustability for overblows
  • A unique Hohner sound that is a tone benchmark for blues, folk, and rock

Get an awesome response, superior bendability, and the sweetest tone when you order the 560 Special 20 today.

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Hohner560 Special 20 Harmonica with Country Tuning
 
3.8

(based on 8 reviews)

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57%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Consistent (5)
  • Quality craftsmanship (5)
  • Good audio (4)
  • Easy to play (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Accompaniment (4)
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(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Exactly the same tuning as standard tuning!?!?!?

By John

from Dumfries, VA

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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 560 Special 20 Harmonica with Country Tuning:

    I wanted to try out some new scales since I blew out my C and C# harmonicas. Both my harmonicas came in manufacturer boxes labeled "Country Tuning". When I tested them both out I was discovered that ALL the notes were the same as the harps I was replacing. I will keep these only because the old ones needed to be replaced anyway. There are less expensive harps available, but these Special 20's were supposed to be distinct from the other selections.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    560 Special 20 Harmonica

    By DS

    from Las Vegas, NV

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    Comments about Hohner 560 Special 20 Harmonica with Country Tuning:

    Bought it as a gift for a first time player... the gift is loved

    (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Special 20's are the best!!

    By Hank

    from Quitman, GA

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Accompaniment

      Comments about Hohner 560 Special 20 Harmonica with Country Tuning:

      Hohner Special 20's have never let me down, Easy to bend overblow and playing every type of music..

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Mislabeled at Hohner!?!?!?!?

      By John

      from Dumfries, VA

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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 560 Special 20 Harmonica with Country Tuning:

        I tested these replacements harmonicas out when I received them and discovered the notes were the same as my standard harps in the same key. Did they get mislabeled at the Hohner factory or at the distribution center? I am keeping them because returning used harmonicas is not hygienic.

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Received wrong harmonica

        By CAMPFIRE FRIEND

        from Elljjay, GA

        About Me Novice

        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Quality Craftsmanship
        • Rich Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Accompaniment

          Comments about Hohner 560 Special 20 Harmonica with Country Tuning:

          I was of the impression that the harmonica I ordered was in the key of C and to get another key, you had to specify that. I received my harmonica and it is in the key of Db.
          I didn't notice this until I compared it to my old harmonica. I wanted the key of C.
          I suppose I failed to read the description as closely as I should have but I did not see anything about the key of the 560 Special 20 Harmonica with Country Tuning .

           
          4.0

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          from arizona

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          Pros

          • Durable
          • Great Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Hohner 560 Special 20 Harmonica with Country Tuning:

              blues jam sessions and as "side man."

              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              When 'whoever' quits trying to decieve customers...

              By Ziggy

              from Arizona

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              Pros

              • Quality Craftsmanship

              Cons

              • Hohner, apparantly, is playing 'we the people'
              • Inconsistent
              • Some reviews say, diatonic harmonica received.

              Best Uses

              • Depends on what they mail...

              Comments about Hohner 560 Special 20 Harmonica with Country Tuning:

              I've played for thirty-five yrs. I've realized the 'Special 20 560 marine band' NOW includes the words, 'country tuning'. Read the reviews, read the description - two different harmonicas! DARE TO BUY the 3 pack or 5 pack in the 7 harmonica case and you wont realize you got Hohner's 'Progressive' series. The 'progressives' VS the REAL Special 20's - HUGE quality difference! I bought the Ol Faithful, Hohner Blues MS Harmonica 3 pack. Beware the 7 pack Hohner Blues Harmonica - it isn't the REAL Blues MS harmonica. The description says more about the blk plush, 7 harmonica carry case than the harmonicas... If this persists, I'm going to try Sedels (Germany), haven't had great life out of Lee Oscars (Japan).

               
              5.0

              nice

              By spider

              from Nh

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                  Comments about Hohner 560 Special 20 Harmonica with Country Tuning:

                  thanks, I like the 'country tuned' harp

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