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Hohner 560 Special 20 Harmonica with Country Tuning G

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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# on a C harp) than normal, allowing you to play a ... Read More

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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# 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.

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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
Warranty
MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
90 day warranty on concertinas.
2 year warranty on microphones.
Contact manufacturer for harmonica warranty information.


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Hohner560 Special 20 Harmonica with Country Tuning
 
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5.0

the "best bang for the buck"

By oscar olivivas

from whitewater colorawdough

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Pros

  • Consistent
  • distinctive
  • Easy To Play
  • expressive
  • personable
  • Quality Craftsmanship
  • Rich Sound
  • Warm Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

    • blues jam sessions, mid-size clubs
    • in the car
    • Jazz Clubs
    • small ensembles (4 - 6)
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Hohner 560 Special 20 Harmonica with Country Tuning:

    for the price, I think that the Spec. 20 is as good as a harp gets. I also play and like Seidels and Lee Oskars -- but the Spec 20 has a ... distinctive ... expressive ... personal aspect. By that I mean that the Spec 20 (especially in the mid-range keys, e.g. D, E, etc.) seems to adapt to one "personally" -- there is something unique and distinctive when you're really into playing your Spec 20. By comparison, the other brands seem just a bit more ... rigid. Un-bending. Not apt nor prone to be just a little bit expressive.

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    5.0

    GREAT SOUND

    By BLUE EYES

    from COLORADO

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Easy To Play
    • No Complaints
    • Quality Craftsmanship
    • Rich Sound
    • Warm Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Hohner 560 Special 20 Harmonica with Country Tuning:

        I HAVE PLAYED GUITAR, AND WANTED MY BOYFRIEND TO TRY THE HARMONICA. HE ALSO PLAYS BANJO. HE SAID FOR THE PRICE THE HARMONICA HAD WONDERFUL SOUND, AND EASY TO PLAY. ENJOYING IT VERY MUCH

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        5.0

        Amazing harmonica

        By Ryan Bostick

        from Springfield Ohio

        Comments about Hohner 560 Special 20 Harmonica with Country Tuning:

        I have played cheap harmonicas previously but this was my first real step up. I just wanted to treat myself with a "good" harmonica and this one does not disappoint. Hands down the best harmonica I've ever played. It's has so much presence and is really a lot easier to play than others. It does what you want it to do and it's so much easier to play when every note sounds good. I highly recommend the special 20s.

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