The Hohner 532 Blues Harp Harmonica helps you dig in deep and experience the raw power and grit of the blues. The Blues Harp is engineered for consistent volume and tone that's ideal for intense blues... Read More
The Hohner 532 Blues Harp Harmonica helps you dig in deep and experience the raw power and grit of the blues. The Blues Harp is engineered for consistent volume and tone that's ideal for intense blues playing. The Hohner Blues Harp can hang with the toughest harmonica players on their most serious gigs. The Blues Harp is highly bendable and has a dirty, dark, hard rockin' sound. One of Hohner's classic models, the 532 Blues Harp is emphasizes the best qualities of blues harmonica playing. Hohner builds the Blues Harp with a wood comb and thin reeds, allowing for easier note bending. Musicians like Steven Tyler of Aerosmith and Lil' Ronnie Owens of the Grand Dukes have favored the Hohner Blues Harp for its power and bluesy tone.
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About MS-Series harmonicas:
The acronym 'MS' stands for Modular System, an integrated concept of Hohner's harmonica designs. MS-series harmonicas benefit from innovations that improve their playing characteristics and also significantly facilitate maintenance and handling. All MS-series parts (combs, reed plates, and covers) can be combined individually. Simple screw connections allow for easy assembly. This benefit offers players the possibility to adjust the instruments to their individual requirements. For example, some players prefer the body of one model and the cover plates of another, and so a "custom hybrid" is possible for the discerning player. Replacement reeds are available (see item: RP565 MS Replacement Reed Plates).
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.
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Just picked up the "C" to replace my old one I picked up in the mid 80's. I also have a "G". I really like the modular system so if I blow out a reed I can fix it for about half the cost of a new harp. Nice and loud with excellent tone. I have been playing thru a Shure Beta 57a (not the best choice according to the "experts") and it sounds great live. I will be getting the "D" next.
I used to play the harp a lot when I was a boy, but I started playing drums then guitar, and it took a backseat. Well after a friend got me a used Blues Harp for my birthday (He didn't know that your not supposed to play used harps) I claved it, and played it, though being in the wrong key (F) It took me back and made me want to play again. So I bought a few from GC. After two Oskars went bad in 3 weeks, a Marine Band that was a little to bright for me I chose the Blues Harp, for its mellow tone that can get dirty with the right set of lips and hands down the best sound around amplified. If you need any more confirmation on it, read the name. If it wasn't meant for The Blues, they wouldn't have named it as such. Understand?
When I started playing harp I bought a few "blues harp ms" in several different keys. I bought them (despite several bad reviews on other pages) because "I want to play the blues, so I'll but a blues harp". I didnt want the marine band because it didn't have a bluesy name and sounded doorkie. After a few months of playing I broke down and bought a marine band. Much better in every aspect. Do yourself a favor, pocket the "I know everything" attitude and buy a marine band.
I just bought my first one. With a wooden comb this sounds similar to a Marine Band. The bends are easy to pull off and response is fairly quick. The harp seems to be put together really well and I expect it to hold up similarly to a Marine Band. I normally prefer Special 20s and Marine Bands from Hohner, but this harp may find it's way into my gig bag...it just sounds great right out of the package. A big plus is the case. The case is made of hard plastic and the harp fits tightly into it. It is the same case used for the Pro Harp. I love it and I'm probably going to buy a few more.
I bought this as a replacement for my Special 20 which lost a reed. It is by far the easiest playing and best sounding harp I own, which include an 1896 Marine Band, Big River and Blues Bender, all by Hohner, as well as a recently purchased Lee Oskar. Although I'm a little leery of the durability of the wood comb, if it holds up, this is the only harp I will buy in the future.
I bought this as a beginner in G, and the lower inhaled notes didn't sound right then but I thought that's just how they were made. I know now to open it immediately after purchase and try every note in front of the clerk. Not sure how a new one sounds today, but I recently bought a Golden Melody in C and am very happy with it.
I owned this harmonica for about 3 months. It sounded great initially but the low e note went totally dead on me the first time I ever drew on it in front of an audience.
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