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Hohner XB-40 Extreme Bending Harmonica  

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Be the bluesiest!

The Hohner XB-40 Extreme Bending Harmonica was designed by Hohner USA's own Rick Epping and with a 40 reed system that gives harp players complete bending freedom with overdraws and overblows in all 10 holes. Precision engineered and manufactured under the highest quality standards, the Hohner XB-40's revolutionary design permits a level of expression and note bending capability never before possible on any harmonica.

On a regular 10-hole diatonic, or Marine Band type harmonica, the standard blues note bending technique involves an interaction between 2 reeds, one blow and one draw. On this style harmonica, only the higher pitched of the 2 notes from any given reed cell can be bent and then only to a point somewhat above that of the lower-pitched reed.

The Hohner XB-40 overcomes this limitation by incorporating an additional set of reeds, tuned so that all twenty of the harmonica's notes can be bent using the standard blues harp bending technique. Using a system of patented valve chambers, the auxiliary reeds come into play only during note bending. The Hohner XB-40 is tuned so that every note can be bent a whole tone, with an additional semitone bend on the 3-draw to complete the chromatic scale in the first octave.

  • Plastic comb
  • 40 reeds
  • Brass reedplates (.9mm)
  • Length: 12.3cm (approx. 5")

More bending, greater expression. Order today so you can say it all.

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XB-40 in a class of its own


from Los Angeles, CA

Comments about Hohner XB-40 Extreme Bending Harmonica:

I bought an XB_40 six over six months ago after much deliberation. Initially I was impressed by its clarity and volume. Because the blow holes are larger (the whole harp for that matter) it is easier to isolate single holes. The bending options are interesting. There is potential to bend at each hole, blowing and sucking, but it takes breaking each hole in and developing a subtler technique than on a standard diatonic harp. Picking it up occasionally I think it will take me another year to break it in now that I know what I have to do. I think it may be a good harp for country because of the clean solo notes and easy chord bending. With the right amplification and effects, it could make an excellent jazz instrument with the bending options available. Blues harp? The sound just doesn't have any character. The textures I go for just aren't in this instrument. Bending is just a small part of the tone manipulation involved in playing blues. A great idea, but a very boring sounding harmonica.

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