Hohner Special 20

The responsiveness and construction of Hohner harmonicas make them excellent for quick riffs. This is the main reason they’re so popular with professionals, including harmonica legend John Popper. This diatonic harp from their Progressive Series offers every key you’re likely to require, and at a price that lets you buy an assortment without feeling guilty […]

Last updateJune 19, 2018
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Hohner Special 20

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The responsiveness and construction of Hohner harmonicas make them excellent for quick riffs. This is the main reason they’re so popular with professionals, including harmonica legend John Popper. This diatonic harp from their Progressive Series offers every key you’re likely to require, and at a price that lets you buy an assortment without feeling guilty about how much you spent.

The Hohner tone is distinctive. It uses a precision-molded plastic comb with recessed reed plates. The comb is expertly crafted to make sure it’s airtight, which gives every single note the same rich sound. The Special 20 also has decent action on the reeds which makes it easy to bend notes smoothly. If you’re going for an extreme blues bend it might not cut it, but it’s perfect for genres like folk and rock.

All of the harps in the Special 20 line are diatonic to a major key, but they also give you the choice of using the more specialized Country Tuning when you play in the cross harp position. This gives it a lot of versatility, making it a great choice for all kinds of different genres.

Touring musicians will love the durability of this harmonica, as well. Because the comb is plastic it won’t absorb moisture, either from your breath or from the atmosphere, and this means it won’t warp or lose consistency over time. The cover is durable stainless steel and well-built consistently across keys and models.

If you’re looking for a harmonica that’s easy to play, sounds great, and is an excellent value, this Hohner will satisfy all your needs. It’s affordable enough even a beginner can get a couple keys to play around with but still gives you the tone quality a pro demands.

Country tuning is one of many alternate tunings you can use for the harmonica, and it’s not limited to country. Players in a variety of genres find it useful for more melodic playing. You can do it by tuning the draw 5 plate up by a half-step. This relatively minor adjustment gives you a lot more sound options, especially if you’re mostly playing in major keys.

Features:

  • Key: G Major (all 12 keys available)
  • Tuning: Diatonic
  • Cover: Stainless steel
  • Comb: Plastic
  • Holes: 10
  • Reeds: Brass, .9mm
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