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Hohner 560 20 Special 20 Harmonica (Assorted Keys)

 
4.1

(7 reviews)

$44.99 MSRP: $62.00 Save : $17.01 (27%)
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MSRP: $62.00 $44.99 Save : $17.01 (27%)
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Description

A smooth "comfortable" feeling harmonica with genuine brass plates recessed in a plastic body. The Special 20 is an exceptionally warm-sounding airtight instrument with bolted on covers that comes in a hinged plastic case.

Due to health regulations this item may not be returned.

Things You Will Get:

  • Harmonica
  • Case
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Hohner560 20 Special 20 Harmonica (Assorted Keys)
 
4.1

(based on 7 reviews)

83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (4)
  • Warm tone (4)
  • Easy to play (3)
  • Quality craftsmanship (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

No Best Uses
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (3)

Reviewed by 7 customers

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4.0

Good Harps, good price

By 

from Orlando, FL

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Play
  • Price
  • Quality Craftsmanship
  • Rich Sound
  • Warm Tone

Cons

  • Wears Out Eventually

Best Uses

  • Gigs
  • Just For Fun

Comments about Hohner 560 20 Special 20 Harmonica (Assorted Keys):

I like the plastic comb; Special 20 is a good all-purpose harp. I play guitar and harp (keys A,C,D,F,G): country, folk, blues, pop, Cajun and zydeco. Eventually I blow them out and have to replace them. I understand they can sometimes be repaired, but I've never been good at it, so I look for deals -- buying the package of 3 saved about $15. Cheaper harps aren't worth getting.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Worst Quality.

By 

from Los Angeles

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Reviewer

Pros

    Cons

    • Flat Sound
    • Inconsistent
    • Poor Quality
    • Requires Adjustment Often

    Best Uses

      Comments about Hohner 560 20 Special 20 Harmonica (Assorted Keys):

      I purchased Special 20 at
      Hollywood store about a month ago. Key of C.
      Everybody love this harp... great sound...,
      easy to play..., bla bla...
      But not for me.

      2nd hole draw reed was almost dead when I played for first time.
      Can't draw. No sound. Nothing but a wind noises.
      And if I draw it too hard it makes ugly brass noise.
      So I open it up and did some massage on 2nd reed
      with a paper, very gently... Nothing's changed.
      I wanted return this but... well,
      I lost my receipt...!!!! That makes me crazy!

      It's been a month now.
      And finaly, 2nd hole draw reed is totally dead.

      I'm So upset... to Sam ash and hohners..
      I think Sam ash can't do nothing about it. I know that...

      I have Blues Harp (G) and Deuce and a quarter (A)
      and they don't have any issue.
      I don't understand why people love this harp.
      maybe I was unlucky....
      maybe sam ash has bad quality harps in store.
      well, I don't know. I don't care now.
      No more under 40 bucks Harmonicas and
      No more Sam ash for me.

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      The best

      By 

      from hawthorne ca

      About Me Child

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Easy To Play
      • Quality Craftsmanship
      • Rich Sound
      • Warm Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jazz Clubs

        Comments about Hohner 560 20 Special 20 Harmonica (Assorted Keys):

        the best

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        A Gold Standard

        By 

        from Garden Grove, CA

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Easy Bends
        • Rich Sound
        • Warm Tone

        Cons

        • Flat Sound
        • Inconsistent
        • Sharp Comb Edges

        Best Uses

        • Blues
        • Rock

        Comments about Hohner 560 20 Special 20 Harmonica (Assorted Keys):

        The SP20 is one of the gold standards in diatonic harmonicas, but they tend to have quality check issues coming out of the factory. Often you'll buy one out of the box that has flat notes, or gets flat very quickly. The latest one I bought was like this, and when I took it apart to tune and gap it, the draw reed plate was discolored! And the cover plates were put on slightly crooked too. Jeesh.

        But hey, I still love the sound and tone, so I come back for more. Also note that the SP20 isn't as durable as the Lee Oskar (another gold standard), so you might find yourself replacing your SP20 more often.

        A big issue many have with the SP20 is the sharp comb edges. This becomes a pain when you're playing the 1 and 10 holes. Handy players will usually round out those edges with their tools.

        Lastly, something to consider is the tuning. The SP20 is JI/compromised tuned, while the Lee Oskar and Golden Melody are ET tuned. This does make a difference, so try out both. People generally say that JI strikes a good balance between single note lines and chords, while ET is mainly good for single note lines.

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Nothing else like the special 20

        By 

        from Glassboro,NJ

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Best harp I ever owned
        • Consistent
        • Easy To Play
        • Quality Craftsmanship
        • Rich Sound
        • They last forever
        • Warm Tone

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Blues rock

        Comments about Hohner 560 20 Special 20 Harmonica (Assorted Keys):

        This harp has never let me down. I have tried so many different brands and models. None play as easy and sound so consistentley good all the time. They play smooth so breathing through them is no effort. I've been playing for about 40 years now so they are all I buy anymore.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Blues Harp

        By 

        from Kane, PA

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Good Feel
        • Good Tone

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Advanced Players
          • Beginners
          • Jamming
          • Performance

          Comments about Hohner 560 20 Special 20 Harmonica (Assorted Keys):

          Perfect Blues Harp. Suprisingly many professional blues musicians use this harmonica (John Popper from Blues Traveler, although not the best blues harp player, certainly one of the more famous). I learned on this harmonica, have tried others, and you just can't get the same tone or easy bending capabilities from other harmonicas. If you are looking for other styles of harmonica playing, wood might be the way to go, but for blues harp, this is the gold standard.

          (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Got the 560 C Special 20 Harmonica AND..

          By 

          from NEW YORK

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • I PLAY KNOWING NOTHING

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

          • Advanced Players
          • Beginners
          • Jamming
          • Performance

          Comments about Hohner 560 20 Special 20 Harmonica (Assorted Keys):

          i know nothing about music and wanted something to play different notes without having to know anything. this did it. i just played alone along with christmas songs, salsa,kenny g sax songs, etc. BUT U BETTER AT LEAST KNOW HOW THE SONG GOES IN YOUR HEAD.

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          Specs
          Series Special 20 Series
          Other Features Plastic Case
          Model 560
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          Warranty Info:

          560 20 Special 20 Harmonica (Assorted Keys)

          Hohner harmonicas are warranted to be free from manufacturing defects and properly tuned at the time of purchase. Any instrument found to contain manufacturing defects or other noticeable imperfections will be, at Hohner's option, repaired or replaced at no charge providing the harmonica is shipped prepaid to the Hohner Service Center.