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Hohner CX12 vs CX12 Jazz

Hohner's CX12 and CX12 Jazz share Hohner's innovative one piece cover plates and mouthpiece design, but they differ in several ways, not least of which is their respective prices. Let's examine both and see why the CX12 Jazz is considerably more expensive than its standard sibling.

Both harmonicas use Hohner's one piece ABS casing, which allows for tool free removal of the comb for maintenance and reed plate replacement, and creates a smooth and fast mouthpiece, with no metal parts coming into contact with the player's lips.

However, the Jazz has a more complex design of casing around the mouthpiece area, with the aim of making it easier to perform rapid single note melodies. It also has a very impressive looking iridescent finish, that changes from orange to purple depending on the perspective of the observer.

The reed plates, cover plates and slide mechanism are all the same, so the casing is the main difference (aside from the price) between the two harmonicas. Tonally, they are almost indistinguishable, so it is playability and aesthetics that differentiate the more expensive Jazz from its cheaper brother.

Are the differences worth it? In terms of playability, the Jazz has a quicker feeling mouthpiece, but the differences are relatively slight. Where it triumphs is in its looks, which are much more striking than the ‘plain Jane' CX12 Black.

Ultimately, the Jazz will appeal to players who appreciate its aesthetics and want one of the fastest feeling chromatics on the market. For everyone else, the CX12 Black does the job almost as well for significantly less outlay.

Hohner CX12 Black Harmonica
Hohner CX12 Jazz Harmonica
Harmonica NameHohner CX12 Black HarmonicaHohner CX12 Jazz Harmonica
Harmonica TypeChromatic HarmonicaChromatic Harmonica
Number of Holes1212
Comb MaterialPlasticPlastic
Number of Reeds4848
Spare Reeds Available?YesYes
Musical StylesJazz, Classical, PopJazz, Classical, Pop
Available KeysA, B Flat, D, G, C, F, E, B, E Flat, C Tenor
Price from£189.99£239.99
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