The 560 Special 20' airtight design makes it the most recommended go-to harp for harmonica players of any style, including blues, country, folk, or rock. It has the coveted Marine Band sound plus the ... Read More
The 560 Special 20' airtight design makes it the most recommended go-to harp for harmonica players of any style, including blues, country, folk, or rock. It has the coveted Marine Band sound plus the added benefits of its plastic comb, which doesn™t absorb moisture. Plastic combs are more 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 means increased responsiveness. Plastic also provides comfort and it's smoother on the lips, preventing chafing. Another plus of the 560 Special 20's design is that its smooth mouthpiece features reed plates that are recessed into the comb. This keeps the two (rather sharp) edges of the brass reed plates from harming the player's lips. It' 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 in his case.
This particular 560 Special 20 harp is made in low tuning, which means that it offers one lower octave than standard-tuned harmonicas.
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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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The Special 20 is a great all purpose harp, but let's face it - any diatonic harmonica over a Dmajor is shrill and hard to play. The low range harps like this one have a rich, full sound that is thoroughly enjoyable to play. Though they take more wind, the pitch is much more controllable. I love my lows!
Special 20 quality and reliability as always, these are great for playing along, chording, background, and fill when not blowing leads. There are times E,Eb,D,and F, can all be a bit high/bright for some applications in cross-harp, low-tuning helps to solve that for sure!! Thanks Hohner.....
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