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Hohner 280/64 Chromonica 64 Chromatic Harmonica  

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The Hohner Chromonica 280/64 Harmonica is the one played by Stevie Wonder and the standard by which all chromatic harps are judged. Providing sweet sounding tone and reliable performance, this harmoni... Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

The Hohner Chromonica 280/64 Harmonica is the one played by Stevie Wonder and the standard by which all chromatic harps are judged. Providing sweet sounding tone and reliable performance, this harmonica can be used for R&B, Jazz, and even Classical music performances. Featuring special wind-saving valves and airtight, machine screw assembly, the Hohner Chromonica 64 covers a complete 4-octave range starting one octave below middle C.

Features
  • Plastic comb
  • 64 Classic chromonica reeds
  • Full 4 octave range
  • 1.05 mm brass reed plates
  • Hardshell case
  • Round holes
  • Available in C-major
  • Made in Germany
Specifications
  • Sixteen holes
    64 reeds
    Key: C
    Length: 7-1/4"
Warranty
MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
90 day warranty on concertinas.
2 year warranty on microphones.
Contact manufacturer for harmonica warranty information.


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Hohner280/64 Chromonica 64 Chromatic Harmonica
 
4.9

(based on 18 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

No Best Uses
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    • Professional musician (4)

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5.0

#classic

By Ronald

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Hohner 280/64 Chromonica 64 Chromatic Harmonica:

The Grand Daddy of them all! What a tone for Blues in Dm (harp itself is in key of C), but you knew that when playing in 3rd position. I'm only touching the tip of the iceberg with this instrument. This is not a toy! This can be compared to the Piano of Harmonicas. 64 individual notes. An Harmonica for a lifetime and any piece of music.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fantastic product. Great sound and materials!

By Twinkletoes

from Albuquerque, New Mexico

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Hohner 280/64 Chromonica 64 Chromatic Harmonica:

      My father's ancient harmonica finally gave up the ghost, so for Christmas I bought him this one. He is in love with it. As a professional musician, he knows his stuff, and he raves about his new harmonica!

      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      My hubby loves it!!!

      By J Dav

      from Va

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Quality Craftsmanship
      • Rich Sound
      • Warm Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Accompaniment
        • School Bands

        Comments about Hohner 280/64 Chromonica 64 Chromatic Harmonica:

        The product is fun to experiment with.

        (12 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        a MUST HAVE: opens a new world of music

        By kenneth pledger

        from myrtle beach, sc

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Accompaniment
          • Expanding Playing Depth
          • Large Venues And Concerts
          • Professional Band
          • Professional Gigs
          • Small Venues
          • Solo Entertainer

          Comments about Hohner 280/64 Chromonica 64 Chromatic Harmonica:

          I"ve had thisHonher model since the early 70's. Had tried using other harmoincas without success by myself... just didn't make sense..gave them away UNTIL I bought this model with a professional neckholder: FIRST day I was able to use it playing melody on four songs while accompanying myself on guitar...it all made sense. Used it to play solo gigs, with bands in small and large venues. Opened up a whole new world for me. Used it many times to tune my guitar. BOB DYLAN and NEIL YOUNG were major influences on me... because of them I bought this harmonica...don't really need the 64 octave..the smaller one works well. the sound is just amazing..especially when played thru a professional PA system. Crowds love it. I don't play it alone.. only while playing guitar... but others can pick it up and use it alone to accompany a band..rock, folk, Christian. if you want to play an instrument..this is it. Actually, I learned how to sing many songs by using the harmonica with guitar for the melody first... helped me to find my voice 'key' on certain songs. buy one, or the smaller model.. and sit down with some other musicans..play along. I've shown 8 year olds how to play successfully while I played guitar. Can't say enough... except COST... it's worth it, but for many musicians it's a little expense on a tight budget If it was less expensive i'd buy another one today. large or smaller one. *adds a lot to eagles songs, neil young songs, etc. buy one, try it, come away smiling.

          (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Pretty good instrument to play with

          By Allenex

          from Roc, NY

          About Me Novice

          Comments about Hohner 280/64 Chromonica 64 Chromatic Harmonica:

          Actually my first time to handle a chromatic harmonica so I can't say I have much experience with it and also no comparation with other brands, but for me, it works well with no difficulty in both low and high region notes. I really like the rich tone of the first several notes. That's great!

          And one thing I want to mention is that for the last week, I noticed the windsaver is a little bent over so it's not contacted closely with the groove. Guess it's because the way I play it is not correct or because of the temperature/weather...definitely it does not have this problem when shipped to me.

          (22 of 22 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          I sent 2 back; 3rd one seems to work

          By George Griggs

          from New York

          About Me Professional Musician

          Comments about Hohner 280/64 Chromonica 64 Chromatic Harmonica:

          The first 280/64 I received had one reed/note that would not play (and I tried everything). I sent it back; new one arrived. How happy I was until I discovered the screw, that holds slide in place, was missing. Sent THAT one back. I have received a 3rd one which seems to be working. It does sound gorgeous (although one low reed has a slight buzz).
          I would recommend this model to a friend but only after warning him to watch for occasional shoddy work that must have been done at factory.

          (10 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          I Love it!

          By T-bone

          from Seattle WA.

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • A Wonderfull Harp
          • Consistent
          • Easy To Play
          • I Love It
          • Quality Craftsmanship
          • Rich Sound
          • Warm Tone

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

          • Fun
          • Jazz Clubs
          • Super

          Comments about Hohner 280/64 Chromonica 64 Chromatic Harmonica:

          Buy it!

          (10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Pleased 84 year old.

          By Chet

          from Alton, MO

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Hohner 280/64 Chromonica 64 Chromatic Harmonica:

              I never dreamed I'd spend this much on a harp. I thought I ordered a 'G' but got a 'C'. Maybe I can get the 'G' later. I could not be more pleased with this Hohner.

              (22 of 22 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              64chromonica..a musical wonder

              By murf3622

              from minnesota

              Comments about Hohner 280/64 Chromonica 64 Chromatic Harmonica:

              I have owned and played a 64 chromonica for several years along with several other hohners. It is, in my opinion, the best harmonica I have ever played. I hope others will enjoy it as much as I have.

              (16 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              strong contender for $

              By dd

              from ohio

              Comments about Hohner 280/64 Chromonica 64 Chromatic Harmonica:

              I'm a trained singer and classical guitarist, with some composition background but I developed a real interest in harmonica...first instrument I played as a kid. First, this is a very reasonably priced harmonica, and gets you into the 16 hole category. It's a good instrument to develop high grade skills, and is sensitive. If you've been playing diatonics, or lower grade chromatics (chromatics provide the sharps and flats for a full chromatic scale...5 more notes/ black keys on piano, through use of a slide activated with your index finger or thumb) you're really going to experience something special. You'll find the round holes and shaping of the mouthpiece very comfortable and with correct emboucher and draw and blow technique, can really produce fine sound. Understand that a good portion of the sound you'll get is your technique, create a sound chamber with your hands and breathe from the diaphram. Also be aware that rich sound really requires the tongue block method, as your mouth becomes a sound chamber, but don't place the harmonica too deep in your mouth, just enough to get the tongue on the holes. This instrument feels substantial in the hand, and with medium hands, I have no trouble cradling it between two hands, using the thumb to work the slide. Frankly, this is an older design, but understand that top pros just a few years ago and more would have been and were very satisified with this. Other instruments and higher priced ones go for sealed covers with less breath required, but you can still get that rich sound with correct use of your hands with this unit, and have a nice bright sound option available too. The next step up would be a 7584 64x but you're looking at triple the price, in the neighborhood of $350, so at $119 the 280C is a deal. I'd say it represents the highest value for dollar invested. There are better harmonicas but you'll pay dearly, and you have to ask if this is your first shot at a chromatic, and I'm guessing for many it is, whether you want to spend more if you don't have to. It's like a Lexus versus a Toyota, the the 7584 64x being the Lexus (less breath required, double reeds on lower notes for volume) but that Toyota Camry like 280C is a real value and will get you there. I'd suggest that you start with a 280C, see how things go, and only move up when you're ready to get married to harmonica. I'll give this a 10 on a 10 scale and say in the right hands it would be very very difficult to beat. Again the older style cover does give you that bright option...when you want it. When I play it, especially in a room with decent acoustics (garage, room without carpet, school halls) people can't believe the beautiful tone. For the buck, you can't miss, and you'll likely never beat this price by the way. Good luck and enjoy your music. dd

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