Hohner 560 Special 20 Harmonica - Low Tuning  

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This product has been discontinued but may be available as a Open Box item.

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The go-to harp for professionals and the first choice for those learning to play.

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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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.

10-hole diatonic
Low tuning (one octave below standard-tuned harmonica in the same key)
Professional quality
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
A unique Hohner sound that is a tone benchmark for blues, folk, and rock

Get an awesome response, superior bendability, and the sweetest tone when you order the 560 Special 20 today.

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Hohner Special 20 Lo Tuned Harmonica Sounds Good, But Draw 4 Hole Seems a Bit Difficult to Play at Times


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Comments about Hohner 560 Special 20 Harmonica - Low Tuning:

I recently purchased a Hohner Special 20 Lo Tuned harmonica in the key of D, and am very pleased with the overall timbre and playability of the instrument, and with the feel of the instrument in the hands. As a whole, the notes are very clean and responsive; however, I notice that there are times when I have some difficulty with the "Draw" on Hole 4. There are times when it seems that the note is a bit hesitant to sound, or sounds flat, or sounds like a bend when I do not intend to be bending the note. It seems to require noticeably more air than the other notes on the instrument, so the feel of the note is very different from the rest; and this has a bit of a tendency to interrupt the flow of my playing at times. I occasionally note this tendency a little on the Draw 3 note as well.

Interestingly enough, this tendency does not so readily manifest itself when I play the notes in a hole-by-hole testing pattern, slowly going up and down the musical scale.

As I am what might be considered to be an intermediate level player, this "problem" may actually be a matter of technique, and the aforementioned tendency may simply be a characteristic of the instrument. On the other hand, the question lingers in my mind as to whether this could be a defect.

At the time of this writing, the instrument is still in the "warranty period", so I am continuing to experiment with my technique to see if this can be solved.

Perhaps there are more advanced level players who have had experience with this type of harmonica, who can give opinions on this matter... Techique, or defect?

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