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Hohner, like its compatriot, Seydel, can trace its history back to mid-19th Century Germany, where its founder - Matthias Hohner - moved his attention from his original profession of watchmaking to the production of the newly created instrument that was the harmonica. Although Matthias was by no means the first to market with the instrument, he was able to apply manufacturing techniques to the production of harmonicas that enabled them to be built quicker, in larger numbers and more consistently than those of his early competitors.
11 Keys availableThe Hohner Big River is an attractive and robust instrument offers an ideal basis for beginners. Streamlined covers with side vents, plastic comb and brass reed plates offer a fantastic price/quality ratio, and is the entry point in Hohner' range for a German built harp. The Big River is part of Hohner's MS line, which allows components from any of the MS models to be interchangeable. So, it is possible to marry Big River cover plates with a Blues Harp comb and Meisterklasse 580/20 reed plates. Like other MS models, the Big River uses a compromised tuning that is slightly closer to equal temperament than the Marine Band Classic and the Special 20. Reeds: 20. Reed Plate: Brass, 0.9mm. Keys: C Major, D Major, E Major, F Major, G Major, A Major, Bb Major, B Major. Comb: Plastic. Plastic snap box. Made in Germany About Hohner Hohner has been producing harmonicas and related instruments in Germany since the middle of the 19th century. It is responsible for many innovations in harmonica design and manufacturing, including the world's first production chromatic harmonica, and its harmonicas have been used by almost all of the 20th century's most important blues, folk, country, pop and jazz musicians.... Read more
7 Keys availableThe Hohner Blues Bender features "Patented Acoustic Covers" (PAC) for greater volume and easy note bending with its airtight plastic comb and thicker reed plates for a consistent tone. This mouth organ is ideal for anyone learning to play the Blues and those who are developing their note bending skills. Comb: ABS, black Number of hole: 10 Reeds: 20 brass Reed Plates: 0.9mm brass Read Plate Surface: brass Cover Surface: stainless steel Keys: C, D, E, F, G, A & B flat ... Read more
12 Keys availableThe brand name ”Blues Harp® “ has attained cult status in the contemporary music scene. The Hohner Blues Harp MS model features a functional design combining a wooden comb, high covers without side vents and high quality reed plates to give the instrument its typical bluesy sound, which has made it immensely popular with beginning and intermediate players alike. Every now and again, a branded article achieves such a high degree of success and widespread distribution that the brand name becomes synonymous with the generic product. This has certainly been the case with the Hohner Blues Harp®, now well into its fifth decade as one of Hohner‘s most popular diatonic model. Reeds: 20. Reed Plate: Brass, 0.9mm. Keys: C Major, Db Major, D Major, Eb Major, E Major, F Major, F# Major, G Major, Ab Major, A Major, Bb Major, B Major. Comb: Wood. Series: Modular System. Plastic snap box. ... Read more
15 Keys availableThe Hohner TM132 Reed Plates are designed to fit Hohner's Big River Harp, Blues Harp & Pro Harps. These reed plates are sold in pairs (top and bottom plate). It is always worth having spare reed plates, as fitting them can be done in as little as 5 minutes, and they can return a faulty harp back to full glory at significantly less expense than the price of a complete harmonica. All that is required to change reed plates is a small Phillips screwdriver and a little patience! Although these reed plates will fit the Meisterklasse 580/20 MS harmonica, this is not recommended, as the Meisterklasse achieves much of its tone from the thicker 1.05mm reed plates that come as standard. For Richter Modular System Models, Brass, 0.9mm. (E.g. Big River, Blues Harps and Pro Harp) TM132 Reed Plates: C, Db, D, Eb, E, F, G, Ab, A, Bb, B Made in Germany Return your harmonica to new for significantly less expense than purchasing a new harp. About Hohner Hohner has been manufacturing harmonicas in Germany since the middle of the 19th century, and has been responsible for many of the most important innovations in the history of the harmonica.... Read more
2 Keys availableThe Hohner Chrometta 12 has three complete octaves from C4 up to C7 which provide a tonal range suitable for most classical works. It has wider channel openings making it easier for the beginner to play single notes. The Chrometta 12 is the third sized harp in the Chrometta series. Comb: ABS, black Number of holes: 12 Reeds: 48 brass Reed Plates: 1.05 mm brass Read Plate Surface: brass Cover Surface: stainless steel Slide Construction: zigzag Plastic injection moulded comb 48 notes, 3 octave range, C-major Length: 16.5 cm Keys: C & G ... Read more
13 Keys availableThe Hohner Chromonica 48 has set standards for chromatic harp manufacturing for several decades. Loved by professionals, it is the mouth organ which is most frequently recommended by teachers all over the globe. Its simple construction makes it an affordable, compact and reliable instrument. The beautifully crafted pearwood comb is optimized for great response over its complete range, from the mellow low octave to the bright and clear top octave. Play sophisticated, tasty jazz melodies! Like the majority of Hohner's chromatic harmonica range, the Chromonica 48 is manufactured in the compay's state of the art factory in Germany. For those looking for the same great tone and playability as the Chromonica 48, but with increased range, check out the 16 hole Chromonica 64. A deluxe version of the Chromonica 48, which updates the standard harp with additional reed plates screws in order to maximise air tightness and thicker reed plates for a fuller sound is also available here. Comb: Pearwood, brown Number of holes: 12 Reeds: 48 brass Reed Plates: 1.05mm brass Read Plate Surface: brass Cover Surface: stainless steel Slide Construction: straight Mouthpiece Surface: Nickel 48 Classic chromonica reeds (full 3 octave range) Length: 15.5 cm Comes in a plastic snap box Keys: C, D, E, F, F#, G, A, Bb, B, C Tenor. Made in Germany ... Read more
10 Keys availableThe Hohner CX12 black is the standard version of the CX12 harmonica and comes in a sleek black case with reed plates of standard thickness. It features all the amazing characteristics of the CX system at a great value and is available in several keys, including C Tenor. The CX12 is the chromatic harp for all rock, pop and jazz players. The CX12 is a unique instrument in the world of chromatic harmonicas. Ergonomically designed to fit perfectly in the hands, and with tool-free disassembly and reassembly for cleaning, it is very different from traditional chromatics. The ABS cover plates are durable and also form the mouthpiece, ensuring that the CX12 is lip and beard- friendly and is remarkably easy to play. The CX12 is made in Germany and is available in a wide range of keys, from C Tenor to G. Comb: ABS, black Number of hole: 12 Reeds: 48 brass Reed Plates: 1.05mm brass Read Plate Surface: brass Cover Surface: ABS Slide Construction: zigzag Mouthpiece Surface: ABS Length: 16.8 cm Comes in a plastic snap box Made in Germany Keys: C, D , Eb , E , F , G , A , Bb , B , C Tenor About Hohner Hohner is one of the world's leading harmonica manufacturers and has been producing harmonicas in Germany since the middle of the 19th century. It produced the world's first production chromatic harmonica in the 1920s and has been at the forefront on harmonica design for well over a century.... Read more
3 Keys availableHohner Juke Harp MS - The Juke Joints of the south were the birthplace of blues music. Early blues greats would travel to these smoke-filled, dimly lit venues and light the place up with their souls to get the people dancing till the early morning hours. The Juke Harp pays homage to these establishments and the blues culture they fostered that lives on today. ... Read more
32 Keys availableThe Hohner Marine Band 1896 Classic harmonica is the original blues harmonica. Today it is still manufactured in much the same way as when it was first introduced in 1896. Its uniquely authentic sound has defined the role of the harmonica in the blues tradition and made it the benchmark by which all others are judged. The archetypal blues harmonica with the traditional HOHNER tuning. The Marine Band Classic is one of the few Hohner diatonics that is available in a full range of natural and harmonic minor tunings. For low tunings, we recommend the Hohner Thunderbird, which has been designed from the ground up as a low tuned harmonica, but still has similar tone and feel to the classic Marine Band. Should you wish to replace reed plates on the Marine Band Classic, we recommend upgrading to the Andrew Zajac Marine Band Conversion Kit, which replaces the stock nails with a bolted setup, and makes the process of changing reed plates significantly easier. Original cover design from 1896 ensures the classic blues sound Greatly reduced swelling behaviour through double-coated pear wood comb Reeds: 20 Brass Reed Plates: 0.9mm brass Comb: Pearwood, brown Mouthpiece: pearwood lacquered Cover surface: Stainless steel Made in Germany Check the Key for additional tuning options: Natural Minor & Harmonic Minor ... Read more
3 Keys availableThe Hohner Marine Band 364/24 is part of the 'hand-made series' by Hohner, and when Sonny Boy Williamson II played his well known song ”Bye Bye Bird“, the mouth organ he used was a model called the Echo Vamper. This was the British version of the Marine Band 364 for sale here, the construction of which has not changed since (with the exception of the cover engravings). Number of holes: 12 Mouthpiece surface: pearwood Reeds: 24 brass Cover Surface: Stainless steel Comb: pearwood, red Total range extended upwards Available in keys C, D & G ... Read more
13 Keys availableThe Hohner Marine Band Crossover is part of the Marine Band series, top-of-the-line professional quality instrument for the discerning player in modern blues, rock, jazz, soul or funk. The revolutionary laminated bamboo comb is completely sealed, making it water repellent and exceptionally stable. In combination with the screw together assembly the Crossover is extremely airtight, with fast, even response and a raspy, powerful sound which is exceptionally well suited to amplified playing as well as acoustic styles. The modern compromise tuning is ideal for single note playing in different positions in contemporary blues, rock, jazz, soul, funk, while still ensuring a full chord sound, making the Crossover an optimal addition to the great Marine Band range. Reeds: 20 Brass Reed Plates: 0.9mm, Brass Number of holes: 10 Cover surface: stainless steel Mouthpiece surface: SuperGlide lacquer Comb: bamboo, blond Now Also available in key G High ... Read more
13 Keys availableHohner Marine Band Crossover Reed Plates - replacing the reed plates on your harmonica is a relatively easy task and is significantly cheaper than buying a new harmonica. These genuine Hohner reed plates will breathe new life into your Crossover harmonica. Note - these also fit the Marine Band Deluxe harmonica.... Read more
11 Keys availableThe Hohner Marine Band Deluxe brings the incomparable sound of the Marine Band 1896 into the 21st century with a variety of improvements which optimise handling and ensure greater volume and faster response, while retaining the rich and powerful Hohner sound. Improved cover design gives greater volume and stability while preventing reed rattle. Completely assembled with screws for easy maintenance. Pear wood comb is triple-lacquered, minimising swelling and ensuring greater volume and faster response. Reed plate edges and channel openings with new Ultraglide coating are rounded off for greater playing comfort. Sturdy zipper case allows moisture to evaporate while keeping dust out. Reeds: 20 brass Cover Surface: Stainless steel Reed plates: 0.9 mm brass Mouthpiece Surface: SuperGlide lacquer Comb: pearwood, brown Comb Surface: triple lacquer 10-hole Tuning: Richter ... Read more
9 Keys availableThe Hohner Marine Band Thunderbird is tuned one octave lower than standard harps, and it opens up previously unknown creative possibilities for the player to discover new worlds of tone with the meanest, fattest low-pitched sound around. The Thunderbird‘s unique cover design is based on an innovation pioneered by Joe Filisko. The front of the bottom cover is raised at the lower end and tapers off towards the high end. This gives the draw reeds sufficient space to vibrate freely at even the lowest pitches without striking the cover, thus eliminating reed rattle. The Thunderbird boasts a full, powerful sound unparalleled among low-pitched harmonicas. Its revolutionary construction also incorporates the patented laminated bamboo comb first used in the Crossover. Comb: Bamboo, Blond Comb Surface: clear lacquer Number of holes: 10 Reeds: 20 brass Reed Plates: 0.9mm brass Reed Plate Surface: brass Cover Surface: stainless steel Keys: Low C, Low D, Low Eb, Low E, Low F, Low G, Low A, Low Bb, Low Low F. Comes with a zipper case ... Read more
12 Keys availableThe Hohner Meisterklasse 580/20 is the most exclusive model in the MS range, and one of Hohner's premium diatonic harmonicas. It features alightweight metal comb and 1.05 mm reed plates. Ergonomically designed, with timelessly elegant chrome-plated covers that enable fast movement up and down the holes. The Meisterklasse's alloy comb, together with reed plates that are thicker than other MS harmonicas, provides it with a soulful but bright sound. The alloy comb gives great durability and the Meisterklasse has a nice weighty feel in the hands. The thicker reed plates provide greater volume than many of Hohner's other harmonicas, but bends are still easily available. Reeds: 20. Reed Plate: Brass, Nickel Plated 1.05mm. Keys: C Major, Db Major, D Major, E Major, F Major, G Major, Ab Major, A Major, Bb Major, B Major. Comb: Aluminium. Plastic snap box. Made in Germany About Hohner Hohner is one of the world's oldest harmonica manufacturers and has been producing harmonicas and related instruments and accessories in Germany since the middle of the 19th century. Its innovations include the world's first production chromatic harmonica and the first diatonic harmonica to feature a swell-resistant ABS comb. Today Hohner still produces all of its premium harmonicas (diatonics with an RRP of more than £25, and chromatics with an RRP of more than £90, typically) in its factory in Trossingen, Germany.... Read more
12 Keys availableThe new GOLD standard in sound and design The Golden Melody Progressive, HOHNER’s only professional diatonic model tuned to equal temperament, has undergone a radical redesign to improve handling, stability and airtightness. While retaining the warm tone which has made it a favorite of single note melody players in many different styles, the new Golden Melody Progressive offers a fuller, more powerful sound, combined with optimal playing comfort. And it looks great too! ... Read more
7 Keys availableNOTE: All keys except now in stock. The PentaHarp is built for all musicians, not just harmonica players! If you have every tried to learn the harmonica before and were confused with the note layout, this harmonica is for you. The PentaHarp’s intuitive design is easier to understand so you don’t have to use advanced techniques to get the notes that you know will work. You can play melodies and solos effortlessly! The Pentatonic scale is one of the most useful scales in popular music. Guitarists know this scale as “Playing in the Box”. Play any of these notes in the right key and you can’t play a wrong note. Hohner took this a step further by adding what is known as the “Blue Note”. This additional note adds a chromatic run for extra expression and is known to many as the “Blues Scale”. To play this scale on a standard harmonica you would have to perfect advanced techniques that could take years to master. Unlike standard Richter-tuned harmonicas, there is no need to play in 2nd position or “Cross Harp” position. The PentaHarp is straightforward in its tuning. You can play in the same key the song is in or the same harmonica can play a song in a major key if it is the relative minor. The notes are laid out in such a way that you do not need to draw bend, blow bend or overblow to play a useful scale! ... Read more
12 Keys availableThe Hohner Pro Harp MS has "Greblon" coated covers in matte black, which gives this model an unmistakable appearance. The black -coated covers and brass reed plates look fantastic and give the Pro Harp MS a powerful sound, which is popular with rock music harp players. The Pro Harp features an ABS comb that allows rapid movement across the holes and swell-free durability. A good alternative to the Special 20, for harmonica players looking for an easy to play harp that will last well. The Pro Harp is part of Hohner's MS range, which offers modular cross compatibility of all of the individual harps' components. So, it is possible, for example, to build a harmonica with the black cover plates from the Pro Harp, the nickel coated reed plates from the Meisterklasse and the wood comb from the Blues Harp. A wide range of alternate tunings, such as natural and harmonic minors, are also available aftermarket by swapping the reed plates. Comb: ABS, black Number of holes: 10 Reeds: 20 brass Reed Plates: 0.9mm brass Read Plate Surface: brass Cover Surface: lacquer, black Keys: C Major, Db Major, D Major, Eb Major, E Major, F Major, F# Major, G Major, Ab Major, A Major, Bb Major, B Major. Plastic snap case Made in Germany ... Read more
7 Keys availableWith the Hohner Rocket Amp harmonica, Hohner has developed one of the world‘s loudest and most comfortable harmonica models. The green Amp version is technically identical to the standard Rocket, but features covers without side vents, which facilitates a tight enclosure when cupping the harmonica with a microphone for amplified playing. The ABS green comb with rounded sides and edges ensures a supremely comfortable playing experience and allows great control of the instrument. This is a powerful, dynamic harmonica that is perfect both for live work and recording sessions. Made in Germany. Covers without side vents facilitate amplified playing via a microphone. Number of holes: 10. 0.9mm brass reeds. Diatonic Richter tuning. Stainless steel cover. ABS mouthpiece surface. Neoprene case. ABS Green comb Length:10.2cm Available in 7 keys (C, D, E, F, G, A, Bb) ... Read more
12 Keys availableThe Hohner Rocket represents a new breakthrough in diatonic harmonica design. The ergonomically designed comb has rounded sides and edges for wonderful comfort. Wide open cover plates and channel design enhance projection to ensure maximum loudness. The Rocket allows players to express a powerful, dynamic sound. In essence, the Rocket is a louder, slightly more responsive version of the Special 20, with which it shares many similarities, including an ABS comb and its general design. The Rocket has the advantage of greater airtightness over the Special 20, which contributes to its responsiveness and volume. In addition to the standard Rocket, there are a Rocket Low, which offers a range of low tuned keys, and a Rocket Amp, whose cover plate design is made specifically for use with microphones. Comb: ABS, Grey Number of holes: 10 Reeds: 20 brass Reed Plates: 0.9mm brass Read Plate Surface: brass Cover Surface: stainless steel Available in 12 keys (G, Ab, A, Bb, B, C, Db, D, Eb, E, F, F#) Comes with a zipper case Made in Germany About Hohner Hohner can trace its history back to the middle of the 19th century, when it started manufacturing harmonicas in Germany. The company has been at the forefront of harmonica design since then, and has introduced many innovations, such as the world's first production chromatic harmonica and the first production harmonica with an ABS comb.... Read more
6 Keys availableThe Hohner Rocket low harmonica is an expansion on the the extremely successful Hohner Rocket line, which was a breakthrough in diatonic mouth organ design. The ergonomically designed comb has rounded sides and edges for wonderful comfort. Wide open cover plates and channel design enhance projection to ensure maximum loudness. The Rocket allows players to express a powerful, dynamic sound. Discover the world of low tunings with one of the world‘s loudest and most comfortable harmonica models. Comb: ABS, Blue Number of holes: 10 Reeds: 20 brass Reed Plates: 0.9mm brass Reed Plate Surface: brass Cover Surface: stainless steel Length: 10.2 cm Available in low keys (LC, LD, LE Flat, LE, LF) Comes with a zipper case ... Read more
12 Keys availableHohner Rocket Reed Plates - Model Number TMC10154 These reed plates are suitable for fitting to Hohner Rocket, Rocket Amp and Progressive Series Special 20 models. Fitting new reed plates is a fairly simple job, requiring little specialist expertise or tools. Bring your old harmonica back to life for significantly less outlay than purchasing a completely new harp!... Read more
7 Keys availableThe Hohner Six Sided Tremolo Replacement is an individual harmonica designed to fit the Hohner Six Sided Tremolo harmonica known in German as the "Kreuzwender" The Kreuzwender (Six Sided Tremolo) is a unique tremolo mouth organ consisting of six separate instruments held together by metal stars at the ends, giving it a form like a paddle wheel. Each individual harmonica is in a different key and can be selected according to the musical occasion simply by turning the wheel. Comb: Maple, brown Number of hole: 48 Reeds: 48 brass Reed Plates: 0.9mm brass Read Plate Surface: brass Cover Surface: Stainless steel Mouthpiece Surface: Maple Length: 23 cm Comes in a plastic snap case Keys: C Major, D Major, E Major, F Major, G Major, A Major, Bb Major. ... Read more
13 Keys availableHohner Special 20 has reed plates which are recessed into the injection moulded durable plastic comb, creating a projecting mouthpiece which offers unparalleled playing comfort. The special 20 has recessed reed plates affixed with screws. Rounded covers with closed sides give a warm, powerful tone which has made the Special 20 a favourite among rock and country players as well as blues musicians. The stable construction and full sound make the Special 20 one of the most popular Richter models. Airtight, loud and reliable. A superb choice of harp! This was the first Hohner harmonica to be manufactured with a plastic comb, potentially making it more airtight and less prone to swelling than wooden combed harps. Many modern harmonicas from other manufacturers are based on the Special 20. They say it's the most copied harmonica in the world! Also available in a handy pro-pack Hohner History - The Hohner Special 20 Hohner are the German based manufacturer that make the Special 20 harmonica. The Hohner special 20 is part of their progressive series, and has become their flagship entry harmonica. Hohner were founded in 1857 by Matthias Hohner. According to How To Play The Hohner 10 Hole Diatonic Harmonica by David Harp 650 harmonicas were made in their first year of production, Matthias Hohner, originally a clock maker began crafting harmonicas in 1857, assisted by his wife and a single employee. The Hohner Special 20 is a diatonic harmonica, and it wasn't until the 1920s, Hohner began manufacturing chromatic harmonicas, which unlike the "standard" diatonic form can be played in any key. Worldwide Delivery The Harmonica Company provide competitive delivery rates, and time frames across the entire World. We hold huge stocks of all popular and less common models and ship daily using express couriers. The Hohner Special 20 is by far one of our most popular products which we are proud to sell all over the world. If you are looking for the best price for the Special 20 with super fast service then we can certainly help.... Read more
7 Keys availableThe Hohner Special 20 Harmonica - Country Tuning The Hohner Special 20 harmonica - Country Tuning is designed to be played in the 2nd position (note that it is labelled in first positions, though) Hole 5 draw is tuned a half-step higher than the Richter tuned Special 20 to make the complete major scale available in 2nd position. The Hohner Special 20 harmonica has reed plates which are recessed into the injection moulded durable plastic comb, creating a projecting mouthpiece which offers unparalleled playing comfort. The Special 20 has recessed reed plates affixed with screws. Rounded covers with closed sides give a warm, powerful tone which has made the Special 20 a favourite among rock and country players as well as blues musicians. The Hohner Special 20 Country Tuning harmonica Hohner History - The Hohner Special 20 Hohner are the German based manufacturer that make the Special 20 harmonica. The Hohner special 20 is part of their progressive series, and has become their flagship entry harmonica. Hohner were founded in 1857 by Matthias Hohner. According to How To Play The Hohner 10 Hole Diatonic Harmonica by David Harp 650 harmonicas were made in their first year of production, Matthias Hohner, originally a clock maker began crafting harmonicas in 1857, assisted by his wife and a single employee. The Hohner Special 20 is a diatonic harmonica, and it wasn't until the 1920s, Hohner began manufacturing chromatic harmonicas, which unlike the "standard" diatonic form can be played in any key. To read more about Hohner Harmonicas, check out our useful guide here. Worldwide Delivery The Harmonica Company provide competitive delivery rates, and time frames across the entire World. Newsletter... Read more
Hohner Marine Band to the Meisterklasse
Testament to the success of Hohner's early designs is that one of its best-selling harmonicas - the Marine Band Classic - is virtually unchanged (bar the odd cosmetic difference) from the model available at the end of the 19th Century. It still features reed plates that are nailed to a wooden comb, and cover plates that are also held in place with nails, although the intonation is slightly altered to reflect modern tastes.
Today, Hohner offers a wide range of harmonicas to suit a variety of playing styles and budgets. This includes low-priced and children's models, such as the Blues Bender and Happy Harps, all the way up to highly rated diatonics, like the Meisterklasse 580/20, and top end chromatics, such as the Silver Concerto.
From Blues Harmonicas to Jazz and Classical Instruments
The primary division in the professional level diatonic range is between Marine Band, Progressive Series and MS Series harps. The Marine Band range of harmonicas all feature wooden combs, whilst the Progressive models all have plastic combs and the MS Series have interchangeable wooden, aluminium or plastic combs. MS Series harps were effectively Hohner's response to the Lee Oskar range, which has a similar modular construction, enabling parts to be combined from different harmonicas. Hohner's chromatic harmonicas are, similarly, grouped into four main ranges: Chrometta, CX12, Chromonica and Performance. Of these, all but the first are produced solely in Germany. The Chrometta range is Hohner's introduction to chromatic harmonicas. Keenly priced, they represent a good entry point for anyone who wishes to try out a chromatic, but doesn't want to commit to a three figure spend. The CX12 is a modern chromatic, with a striking design, great ergonomics and the ability to be dismantled for cleaning an maintenance without the need for tools. Chromonicas are traditionally styled chromatics largely based on the chromatic harp that Hohner first began producing in the 1920s. These are available as traditionally constructed 12 hole chromatics (Chromonica 48), an uprated 12 hole with thicker reed plates and modern construction (Chromonica 270 Deluxe) and a mid-priced 16 hole chromatic (Chromonica 64). The Performance range encompasses a wide variety of high end models, from the popular Super 64 all the way up to the stunning (and stunningly expensive!) Silver Concerto.
The Best Hohner Harmonicas for Beginners
For most players who are starting out with diatonics, one of the less expensive MS Series harps won't break the bank, but will offer sufficient durability and tone that the player will not necessarily feel the need to upgrade when their skills improve. They also feature replaceable reed plates, which makes them more cost effective to own in the long run than cheaper Chinese made harps that can only be disposed of when a reed snaps or goes out of tune. Both the Juke Harp and the Big River offer very similar construction and playability and are priced below £30 - something of a bargain for a German made harmonica.
The Best Hohner Harmonicas for Experienced Players
For those who are comfortable spending a little more, the Rocket offers easier bending, greater volume and a very smooth feeling comb - perfect for playing fast blues licks. This harp is also available as a model designed specifically for amplification, through its use of non-vented cover plates (Rocket Amp), and as one that offers low tunings (Rocket Low)
Musicians seeking a more traditional sound and construction are often drawn to the Marine Band range. The least expensive harmonica in this range - the 1896 Classic - is still one of the best sounding and playing harps on the market, but it does have the drawbacks of an unsealed comb and nailed construction. These aren't deal breakers for many players, who prefer the sound of an untreated comb, but it is worth noting that they require more looking after than a harmonica with a metal or plastic comb, and changing reed plates is considerably more difficult than on a harmonica that uses screws. The Marine Band 1896 is also the only currently available Hohner diatonic that can be purchased in natural and harmonic minor tunings, which makes it a popular choice for those wishing to play minor key blues or eastern music.
The more expensive Deluxe and Crossover/Thunderbird models from the Marine Band range offer the best of both worlds - swell resistant wooden combs combined with modern construction, but they do come in at significantly higher price points. It's worth noting here that the Thunderbird is one of the only Hohner diatonics that is available in low tunings.
The Best Hohner Chromatic Harmonicas
Hohner's chromatic range very much follows the same split between modern and traditional. The Chromonica 48 is not dissimilar in construction to the 1896 Classic, whilst the CX12 goes fully down the modern, functional body route. Both offer great value and are perfect starting points for aspiring chromatic players.
Further up the chromatic range, you will find the Super 64 - beloved of Stevie Wonder and used extensively on some of his most famous recordings. Beyond this, you're into the realms of very special chromatics - from the Meisterklasse and Amadeus, all the way up to the Silver Concerto, which is only available as a made to order item with a 3 month lead time, and whose price varies with the current silver spot price.
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