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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 plast... Read More

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Overview

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.

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
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
 
5.0

(based on 14 reviews)

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5.0

THIS!

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from austin , tx

Comments about Hohner 560 Special 20 Harmonica:

Corky comes to mind . Special20 all the way/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qgWBjKdlH88

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5.0

Its an F harp which has its issues

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from Miami, FL

Comments about Hohner 560 Special 20 Harmonica:

Everything works as it should. Reeds are a little tight but thats to be expected. Particularly the F has really tight reeds on the upper register and are not as responsive as you want them to be. But thats to be expected on such a high harp out of the box: Even the Mr-350 F harp has the same responsive issues. All holes work, nothing miss-aligned no squeaking noise and air tight. Works and sounds like a Special-20 should. I usually use the MR-350 Promaster which is a completely metal harp and is considered a "Professional" harp by many standards. I say the Special-20 is COMPARABLE (NOT EQUAL, AS A METAL HARP WILL ALWAYS HAVE ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES BASED ON MATERIAL) in quality, tone, feel, bendability and air tightness. I own the complete box set of Suzuki MR-350's and have recently acquired a complete set of Special-20's to be my practice harmonica so I wont blow out the metal reeds from overuse. I started on the Special-20 7 years ago and had a yearning to assemble a whole set of them now that I am an "Advance" player. Even though they are my practice harmonicas I have ABSOLUTELY NO PROBLEM putting on a professional performance only with the Special-20. They are my backup and practice harps for a reason. You do not want to practice with garbage nor have trash as a backup.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Harp

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from Highlands Ranch, CO

Comments about Hohner 560 Special 20 Harmonica:

The tone is excellent. Much better than my Blues Harp.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This is the harp you're looking for

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from san diego, CA

Comments about Hohner 560 Special 20 Harmonica:

I am a singer - songwriter and about 2 years ago I added harmonica to my mix, i needed to fill out my sound a bit. i started with a set of silver stars to start with. rubbish. lot's of leaking and was good to learn with. then key by key i added new harps. i got hohner marine band, hohner pro-harps, hohner cross harps and a hohner crossover. I really liked the crossover a lot, but then i came back to usa and left my harps in prague. i needed to get a new harp. i had never had a special 20. i thought it would be good to try it and save about 30 bucks off the price of another crossover. I definitely made the right decision. this harp is sooo smoothe, i just love it. i love the way it feels between my lips and bends and overblows so smoothly, so after its first performance last friday, i said, i need to write a review and let other people know.

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5.0

Great Harp

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from Charleston SC

Comments about Hohner 560 Special 20 Harmonica:

Great Harp. Tone is clear and it's easy to play. Harps are inexpensive compared to most musical instruments. Save your self the time and money of getting a cheap one instead going to great harp to start with. This one is one of the best out there. Easy to bend on and sounds great.

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5.0

These reviews are spot-on!

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from Allentown, PA

Comments about Hohner 560 Special 20 Harmonica:

Have new job and spend many hours on the road. My daughters suggested a harmonica to while away the time so, I read up on the reviews here and got a Special 20, key of C. Construction is tops--professional grade if you will--and the thing sounded wonderful out of the box, very rich--though my previous experience has been with dime-store instruments, so ANYTHING would probably sound good... My kids were quite impressed, however wife not so much (nothing really does). No problem with plastic body, this harp has a rich, warm sound and I can't really overblow it as it projects well by itself. Has a quality feel in the hand and gentle on the kissing parts. As to playability, it seems easy: after one five-hour drive, I had figured out Mary Had A Little Lamb, Turkey In The Straw, a few bars of the Superman movie march and a good portion of the National Anthem. Not performance level, but Good Enough For Government Work. I also managed to work on some bending, intonation & voicing which is all pretty clear and distinct on this instrument--and me being a drummer, too! Best of all, the long drive seemed like a short trip out for pizza! Bottom line, quality, sound and usability are first-rate on this product and the price was reasonable, rather like a Pearl drum set. So I can agree with those positively reviewing this harmonica along these lines and hope newbies will try this one out first and enjoy it as much as I do!

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(10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Beginners, start here

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from Baconton, Ga

Comments about Hohner 560 Special 20 Harmonica:

I fooled around with many brands of cheaper harps, including Hohner's Big River, as well as many, many, $5 or less models. I could never get blow bends, draw bends were extremely difficult, and even getting clear notes out of that darned 2 draw (in 'C') was next to impossible. I would pick up my harps every few months, get discouraged in a week or two, and put them back up. Until, that is, I finally spent the money on one of these. It was AWESOME. All of the things I had worked so hard on only to get mediocre results on other harps were a BREEZE on the Special 20. The even more amazing thing is, after the confidence boost and increased practice time on the Special 20, I can play the cheap harps better than I could before. So, if you're serious about learning the harmonica, go ahead and buy a good one. Yeah, you want to see if you'll stick with it first, but you're more likely to practice with a harp that you can play well. Yeah, pros can make a cheap harp sound good, but they can make a mid level harp like this sound GREAT, and you have to be a pro to make a cheap one sound acceptable at all. Sure, $$$ is a lot more money than $, but compare that to the price of a mid level guitar like a fender strat. Same with drums, violin, bass, you name it. A "more expensive" harmonica is still cheap for what you get.

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(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Now THAT"s more like it!!!!

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from National City, MI

Comments about Hohner 560 Special 20 Harmonica:

If you have read any of my other reviews you will agree that I don't pull any punches. THE WORST THING ABOUT THIS HARP IS THAT IT MAKES ALL MY OTHER HARPS JUNK!!.....I LOVE IT! Suddenly I can bend and overblow like never before! Notes are clear and crisp! Feels solid in my hand. THIS IS THE HARP I HAVE BEEN SEARCHING FOR!!

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(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Truly amazing.

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from Palm Beach Gardens, FL

Comments about Hohner 560 Special 20 Harmonica:

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!

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(12 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

It will do everything Hohner says it can and then some

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from New Lebanon

Comments about Hohner 560 Special 20 Harmonica:

I've been playing on these for years. The Special 20 will play anything. Great for professionals and beginners alike. This is the best harp you can buy for the price. I have one in every key and haven't had a problem with any of them. Very nice sound and built really well. I have nothing bad to say about this harp.

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