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      Hohner 560 Special 20 Harmonica (100320701)
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The go-to harp for professionals and the first choice for those learning to play.

The Special 20 is the 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 benefits of its plastic comb: it doesn't absorb moisture so it won't swell, shrink, or crack; it lasts longer and is more airtight than wood combs that can become swollen, twisted, and warped; airtight construction provides increased responsiveness; plastic provides comfort and it's smoother on the lips, preventing chafing.

Another plus of the Hohner 560 Special 20 is that the harmonica's reed plates are recessed into the comb. This keeps the sharp edges of the brass reed plates (found on most harps) from harming 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.

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About Hohner:
Hohner is a family company founded in 1857 in Trossingen, Germany by Matthias Hohner. Hand-made 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.

Hohner 560 Special 20 Harmonica Features:

  • 10-hole diatonic
    Professional quality
    Standard (Richter) tuning
    Genuine brass plates
    Plastic comb
    Bolted-on covers
    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




Hohner 560 Special 20 Harmonica

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  • Easy to Play

    As reviewed by Paul on 12/21/2010

    I own an equal amount of Special 20's and Lee Oskars. Both are very good. I do find the Special 20's just a tad easier to play because they are a bit thinner than the Oskars and just seem a little better fit in my mouth. One thing I like about the Oskars is I have yet to blow out a reed. I still get a few years out of a Special 20 though. I'd recommend the 20 for someone starting out simply because of the easier playing.

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  • Truly amazing.

    As reviewed by Rusty G. on 1/15/2011

    This was my first harp and I can say for certain that I've fallen in love. It's a durable and light-weight instrument you can bring with you anywhere! It isn't difficult to learn and you can play songs for friends and you'll be centerstage anywhere. It feels great in the hands and hasn't caused any soreness to my lips. For $32.99, you really can't go wrong!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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  • Excellent harp - maybe the best.

    As reviewed by Olsem Wanem on 12/14/2011

    For my very first harmonica 9 years ago, I went back and forth between the Hohner Special 20 and the Lee Oskar. I ened up with the Lee Oskar, which I was very please with. But my second harmonica was a Special 20, and I was equally pleased with it! I now own a total of 3 Special 20's and 6 Lee Oskars and have been pleased with all of them. I would have a very very hard time saying which is better, so I will list a few differences. The Hohner is slightly smaller and does not feel as good in my hand - that is totally a matter or personal preference. In general the Hohner Special 20's seemed a little bit easier to bend when brand new; the Lee Oskars took a bit of time to break in. But in my experience, this can depend on each individual harp too. For instance, one of my Special 20's (key of A) has a 3rd hole that is very difficult to bend, even after a long time of playing it, while a couple of the Lee Oskars (B-flat especially) were very easy to bend right from the start (it seems like the higher the key the easier to bend when new, at least to me). One nice feature on the Lee Oskars is that the key is clearly marked in white, so they are easy to distinguish, while the Special 20 has the key stamped on the metal cover, and is difficult to see. One more thing which is pretty trivial and almost not worth mentioning, but the Hohner cases feel flimsy and the lining is glued in and sometimes comes apart, whereas the Lee Oskar cases are more sturdy, and you can lock two or more of them together which is a nice feature. I would recommend the Lee Oskar or the Hohner Special 20 to everyone. I tried the Hohner Blues Band (made in China) and they are awful. The Special 20 is much more expensive, but absolutely worth it, even for a beginner. I would definitely recommend that a beginner buy one good harmonica (key of C probably) and learn to play that one well, rather than buy a 7-pack of crappy harmonicas.

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