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Diatonic Harmonicas

The most common type of harmonica is the diatonic harmonica or Richter harmonica, named after Joseph Richter from Bohemia, a folk musician who developed this tuning system around 1825 (although this is disputed!). Diatonics have been used in almost every genre of music, from blues to rock and from reggae to jazz, and are astonishingly versatile for such a small and relatively inexpensive instrument.

Brendan Power Lucky 13 Powerbender Harmonica
Easttop Harmonicas

Brendan Power Lucky 13 Powerbender Harmonica

£49.99

12 Keys available

The Easttop Brendan Power Lucky 13  PowerBender Harmonica has it all: the standard range you're used to plus that Big Bottom, right there in your hands! Once you get used to a 4-octave Bass Blues Harmonica it is very hard to go back to the restricted range of a 10-hole harp ever again. It's two harps for the price of one: normal and low range, without having to buy/store both or switch harps in a tune. Here are the main features of the Easttop Brendan Power Lucky 13 Powerbender: World's first 13-hole harp, Patent Pending. 4 octave range in PowerBender tuning, with lower octave tagged on to normal 10-hole range. The same 7.5mm hole spacing as a normal 10-hole harp! That means it's easy to adapt to. Comfortable curved top cover, bottom cover raised at the bass end so the draw reeds never rattle. Holes in the coverplate ends, for extra volume. Solid comb, flat-sanded. Durable phosphor-bronze reeds. Thick chromed reedplates, secured with 11 screws for uniform airtightness. Clear visual numbering on top cover relates to the 10-hole diatonic, to make sure you never lose your place. Available in all 12 keys Key indicators on front and ends of the comb, for those who like to stack harps vertically. Perfect for low chord rhythm or melody lines, and extended octave playing. Possible to re-tune the lower 3 holes to create new chords or extended alt tunings.   Lucky 13 Demonstration Video:    ... Read more
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Brendan Power PowerDraw Harmonica
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Brendan Power PowerDraw Harmonica

£28.99

6 Keys available

Brendan Power PowerDraw Harmonica - if you're interested in incredible draw bending expression in the top octave whilst retaining all the best aspects of a traditional harp in the lower two octaves, the PowerDraw is a good choice for you! Just top off the standard Richter tuning in holes 1-6 with the logical breathing pattern and draw-bending soul of my PowerBender tuning on holes 7-10. It's a win-win! PowerDraw tuning is a combination of standard Richter (holes 1-6) and PowerBender (holes 7-10). The Best of Both Worlds! It's easy to learn because: The bulk of the harp (holes 1-6) stays exactly the same as normal, so there is no need to re-learn anything in that comfortable range you're so accustomed to. The breathing pattern of holes 1-6 (blow reed low, draw reed high in each hole) is retained all the way up to hole 10 on the PowerDraw! This gives the top octave an instant feeling of familiarity to anyone who tries it, because the techniques and riffs that work so well lower down work up there too Simplified Technique: There are no blow bends and no overdraws needed in the PowerDraw tuning. Two of the most important 'blue' notes in 2nd position (the flat third, which was overblow 6) and the flat fifth (overdraw 7) are now simple draw bends on holes 7 and 8: the octave-up equivalents of the familiar draw bends on holes 3 and 4. Every draw note bends from hole 7-10, soulful and easy! That's right - you can now really WAIL up high on your harp! Plus, in un-valved setup, every hole overblows for chromatic playing, and the upper octave overblows are much easier than the overdraws necessary in Richter tuning. PowerDraw works well with the octave-playing approach of tongue blockers. The notes in the top octave are similar to Richter, but the intervals are slightly different. Octave splitting is actually easier, because both blow and draw notes have a 5 hole split above hole 4. ... Read more
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Easttop Brendan Power Lucky 13 Harmonica - PowerDraw Tuning
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Easttop Brendan Power Lucky 13 Harmonica - PowerDraw Tuning

£49.99

12 Keys available

The Easttop Brendan Power Lucky 13 harmonica - PowerDraw Tuning has it all: the standard range you're used to plus that Big Bottom, right there in your hands! Once you get used to a 4-octave Bass Blues Harmonica it is very hard to go back to the restricted range of a 10-hole harp ever again. It's two harps for the price of one: normal and low range, without having to buy/store both or switch harps in a tune. Here are the main features of the Easttop Brendan Power Lucky 13: World's first 13-hole harp, Patent Pending. 4 octave range in PowerDraw tuning, with lower octave tagged on to normal 10-hole range. The same 7.5mm hole spacing as a normal 10-hole harp! That means it's easy to adapt to. Comfortable curved top cover, bottom cover raised at the bass end so the draw reeds never rattle. Holes in the coverplate ends, for extra volume. Solid comb, flat-sanded. Durable phosphor-bronze reeds. Thick chromed reedplates, secured with 11 screws for uniform airtightness. Clear visual numbering on top cover relates to the 10-hole diatonic, to make sure you never lose your place. Available in all 12 keys Key indicators on front and ends of the comb, for those who like to stack harps vertically. Perfect for low chord rhythm or melody lines, and extended octave playing. Possible to re-tune the lower 3 holes to create new chords or extended alt tunings.   Lucky 13 Demonstration Video:    ... Read more
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Fender Blues Deluxe Harmonica
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Fender Blues Deluxe Harmonica

£14.99

7 Keys available

The Fender Blues Deluxe Harmonica is versatile enough for any level of player, from beginner to expert. It has a solid construction, a traditional shape and a bright, articulate tone. The ABS comb is designed to be moisture and swell resistant, whilst the chromed metal covers ensure it will keep its good looks for many years. Reeds are traditional brass, and bend with ease, and, unusually for an entry level harmonica, the reed plates are replaceable. The Fender Blues Deluxe Harmonica has an engraved top cover plate provides a pleasingly retro finish to this handsome harmonica. Available in a range of 7 standard major keys: C, D, E, F, G, A and Bb. Also available as a 7 harp set, which offers a significant saving over buying all of the keys individually. This diatonic 10-hole harmonica offers the classic sound and long-lasting reliability of any genuine Fender instrument. Players who are looking for a higher end diatonic should check out the Fender Blues Deville, which features highly durable and great sounding phosphor bronze reeds - similar to those used in Suzuki harps - but still comes in at an impressively low price point. About Fender Fender Musical Instrument Corp can trace it origins to Leo Fender's original business - Fender Radio Service, which was involved in the repair and maintenance of PAs and radio equipment. Experiments with the lap steel guitar in the 1940s led to them changing their name to Fender Instruments, and  producing one of the earliest solid body electric guitars - the Telecaster. This led to the development of their most famous guitar - the Stratocaster - which helped to shape popular music throughout the 1960s and beyond. Harmonicas are a recent addition to the Fender portfolio of instruments, but the Blues Deluxe has the same level build quality, playability and tone you would expect from any product from the "Big F".... Read more
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Fender Blues Deville Harmonica
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Fender Blues Deville Harmonica

£37.99

7 Keys available

The Fender Blues Deville Harmonica is Fender's top line diatonic, featuring phosphor bronze reeds, a durable ABS comb and a cool matte black and gold finish, not dissimilar to Hohner's Pro Harp. Build quality and tone are excellent, and bending is easy with the phosphor bronze reeds. The Fender Blues Deville Harmonica features an ABS comb, which is extremely resistant to moisture and swelling and can be easily cleaned. Reeds are phospor bronze - usually found only on Suzuki harmonicas. These give a rich, bright tone, with exceptional durability. Some players have reported lifespans significantly greater than traditional bronze reeds. Available in a range of 7 standard major keys: C, D, E, F, G, A and Bb. Also available as a 7 harp set, which is priced at a level that is significantly cheaper than buying all 7 keys individually This diatonic 10-hole harmonica offers the classic sound and long-lasting reliability of any genuine Fender instrument. Players who are looking for an entry level diatonic should check out the Fender Blues Deluxe, which features replaceable brass reeds, a durable ABC comb, and cool retro looks at a great price point. About Fender Fender Musical Instrument Corp can trace it origins to Fender Radio Service, which repaired and maintained  PA systems and radio equipment in the late 1930s and 1940s. Experiments with the lap steel guitar in the 1940s led to them becoming Fender Instruments, and  producing one of the earliest solid body electric guitars - the Telecaster. This led to the development of their most famous guitar - the Stratocaster - which helped to shape popular music throughout the 1960s and beyond. Harmonicas are a relatively recent product line from Fender, but the their experience in instrument design and manufacturing has allowed them to hit the ground running with their harmonicas and related equipment - The Blues Deville really is an excellent harp that's worthy of the Fender name.... Read more
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Hohner Big River MS
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Hohner Big River MS

£28.29

11 Keys available

The 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
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Hohner Blues Bender Harmonica
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Hohner Blues Bender Harmonica

£20.99

7 Keys available

The 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
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Hohner Blues Harp MS
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Hohner Blues Harp MS

£35.99

12 Keys available

The 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. Part of the MS range of modular harmonicas, the Blues Harp shares some of its features, such as the reed plates, with the Pro Harp and Big River, with which all of its parts are interchangeable. The major difference between the Blues Harp and its MS siblings is the doussie wood comb, which provides a slightly warmer sound than the ABS comb on the Pro Harp and Big River, or the alloy comb on the Meisterklasse MS. Tuning is slightly closer to equal temperament than on the Special 20 or Marine Band models, making this the ideal harmonica for playing single note runs. 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
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Hohner Marine Band 1896 Classic Harmonica
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Hohner Marine Band 1896 Classic Harmonica

£32.99

32 Keys available

Hohner Marine Band 1896 Classic Harmonica The 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. Like the original Marine Band, the current 1896 model uses traditional long slot brass reeds, an open back and a pearwood comb to provide the warm and raspy tone beloved of blues, folk and country players throughout the world. Unlike older models, however, it doesn't use 7 Limit Just Intonation, but instead utilises a modern compromise tuning. This is closer to Just than many of Hohner's other harmonicas, such as the MS range, but still allows single note melodies to sound pure and sweet. 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
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Hohner Marine Band 364 24 Harmonica
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Hohner Marine Band 364 24 Harmonica

£36.99

3 Keys available

The 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
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Hohner Marine Band Crossover Harmonica
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Hohner Marine Band Crossover Harmonica

£64.99

13 Keys available

Hohner Marine Band Crossover Harmonica The Hohner Marine Band Crossover is the top of the line standard tuned harmonica within the brand's Marine Band series of traditional wood comb harps. Responding to the needs of professional players who wanted an instrument that combined the tone and feel of a wood comb with the swell resistance and durability of modern designs like the Special 20, Hohner created the Crossover, which features a unique bamboo comb, and precision-tuned reed plates, all wrapped up in a compact, Marine Band style body. The laminated bamboo comb gives the Crossover an exceptionally light feel in the hands, and also allows for class - leading flatness. This greatly facilitates airtightness, which makes the Crossover an extremely responsive harp, with easy access to precise bends, and the ability to overblow, if required. In fact, it is one of the most airtight production harmonicas on the market, meaning that less of your effort is lost to leakage, allowing even beginners to start bending notes almost immediately! The comb also features Supaglide lacquer applied to all surfaces, which not only adds an extra barrier to moisture, but also greatly facilitates the playing of rapid licks as the surface is ultra smooth and friction free. The Crossover's temperament is a modern compromise tuning - marginally closer to equal temperament than the Marine Band 1896 or Deluxe. This makes it ideal for single note melody playing, whilst maintaining the ability to play chords. Tolerances between reed and reed plate are exceptionally good on this harp, as is the consistency of reed adjustment, making this feel more like a custom harmonica than an off the shelf model. 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
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Hohner Marine Band Deluxe Harmonica
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Hohner Marine Band Deluxe Harmonica

£48.99

11 Keys available

The 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
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Hohner Marine Band Thunderbird Harmonica
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Hohner Marine Band Thunderbird Harmonica

£94.99

9 Keys available

The 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
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Hohner Meisterklasse MS 580/20 Harmonica
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Hohner Meisterklasse MS 580/20 Harmonica

£89.49

12 Keys available

The Hohner Meisterklasse MS 580/20 is the most exclusive model in the MS range, and one of Hohner's premium diatonic harmonicas. It features a lightweight metal comb and 1.05 mm reed plates - slightly thicker than the standard 0.9mm reed plates on the other MS models, for a richer tone. 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
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Hohner New Golden Melody Harmonica
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Hohner New Golden Melody Harmonica

£51.99

12 Keys available

The 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
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Hohner PentaHarp
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Hohner PentaHarp

£42.99

7 Keys available

The PentaHarp is built for all musicians, not just harmonica players! If you have ever 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
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Hohner Pro Harp MS Harmonica
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Hohner Pro Harp MS Harmonica

£36.99

12 Keys available

The 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. Tuning of this harp, like other MS models, is slightly closer to equal temperament than many of Hohner's other harmonicas, making it particularly suited to playing single note melodies. 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
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Hohner Rocket Amp Harmonica
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Hohner Rocket Amp Harmonica

£43.99

7 Keys available

With 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. Like the Special 20 and standard Rocket, the Rocket Amp features recessed reed plates, which allows for a perfectly smooth mouthpiece that is perfect for playing rapid licks, and doesn't snag facial hair. Airtightness is excellent out of the box, making bends and overblows effortless, and the large holes create great volume with little breath. 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
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Hohner Rocket Harmonica
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Hohner Rocket Harmonica

£41.99

12 Keys available

Hohner Rocket Harmonica The 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. Like the Special 20, the reed plates are recessed, allowing for a perfectly smooth mouthpiece that doesn't snag facial hair. 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 architecture. In fact, reed plates and cover plates from the Rocket and Special 20 are interchangeable. 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
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Hohner Rocket Low Harmonica
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Hohner Rocket Low Harmonica

£61.99

6 Keys available

The 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
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Hohner See-Thru Happy Blue Harmonica
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Hohner See-Thru Happy Blue Harmonica

£6.99
The Hohner See-Thru Happy Blue Harmonica is a genuine 10-hole Richter harmonica with plastic covers, available in four different colours. It is an excellent low-priced beginners instrument for blues, folk and rock. This would also be a fantastic harp choice for children. Reeds: 20 brass Comb: ABS, Blue Reed Plates: 0.9mm aluminium Reed Plate Surface: aluminium Number of Holes: 10 Key: C-major Length: 10cm Available in blue, red, green and yellow ... Read more
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Hohner See-Thru Happy Red Harmonica
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Hohner See-Thru Happy Red Harmonica

£7.99
The Hohner See-Thru Happy Red Harmonica is a genuine 10-hole Richter harmonica with plastic covers, available in four different colours. It is an excellent low-priced beginners instrument for blues, folk and rock. This would also be a fantastic harp choice for children. Reeds: 20 brass Comb: ABS, Red Reed Plates: 0.9mm aluminium Reed Plate Surface: aluminium Number of Holes: 10 Key: C-major Length: 10cm Available in blue, red, green and yellow ... Read more
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Hohner Silver Star Harmonica
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Hohner Silver Star Harmonica

£12.99

7 Keys available

The Hohner Silver Star harp is a robust beginner's model for blues, rock and folk. Reeds: 20. Reed Plate: Brass, 0.5mm. Keys: C Major, D Major, E Major, F Major, G Major, A Major, Bb Major. Comb: Plastic. Plastic snap box. ... Read more
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Hohner Special 20 Harmonica
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Hohner Special 20 Harmonica

£33.99

13 Keys available

Hohner 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
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Hohner Special 20 Harmonica - Country Tuning
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Hohner Special 20 Harmonica - Country Tuning

£44.99

7 Keys available

The 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
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Hohner Speedy Black Harmonica
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Hohner Speedy Black Harmonica

£7.99
The Hohner Speedy Black Harmonica has four clearly separated channels with a range of one octave and is available in different colours. The robust construction makes it the ideal musical instrument for children, giving them a fantastic opportunity to learn how to play the basics of the harmonica. Reeds: 8 brass Comb: polystyrene, black Reed Plates: 0.9mm brass Reed Plate Surface: brass Number of Holes: 4 Key: C Length: 10cm Available in blue, Yellow, Black, Pink ... Read more
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Hohner Speedy Blue Harmonica
Hohner Harmonicas

Hohner Speedy Blue Harmonica

£7.99
The Hohner Speedy Blue Harmonica has four clearly separated channels with a range of one octave and is available in different colours. The robust construction makes it the ideal musical instrument for children, giving them a fantastic opportunity to learn how to play the basics of the harmonica. Reeds: 8 brass Comb: polystyrene, blue Reed Plates: 0.9mm brass Reed Plate Surface: brass Number of Holes: 4 Key: C Length: 10cm Available in blue, Yellow, Black, Pink ... Read more
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Hohner Speedy Pink Harmonica
Hohner Harmonicas

Hohner Speedy Pink Harmonica

£7.99
The Hohner Speedy Pink Harmonica has four clearly separated channels with a range of one octave and is available in different colours. The robust construction makes it the ideal musical instrument for children, giving them a fantastic opportunity to learn how to play the basics of the harmonica. Reeds: 8 brass Comb: polystyrene, pink Reed Plates: 0.9mm brass Reed Plate Surface: brass Number of Holes: 4 Key: C Length: 10cm Available in blue, Yellow, Black, Pink ... Read more
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Hohner Speedy Yellow Harmonica
Hohner Harmonicas

Hohner Speedy Yellow Harmonica

£7.99
The Hohner Speedy Yellow Harmonica has four clearly separated channels with a range of one octave and is available in different colours. The robust construction makes it the ideal musical instrument for children, giving them a fantastic opportunity to learn how to play the basics of the harmonica. Reeds: 8 brass Comb: polystyrene, yellow Reed Plates: 0.9mm brass Reed Plate Surface: brass Number of Holes: 4 Key: C Length: 10cm Available in blue, Yellow, Black, Pink ... Read more
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Lee Oskar Harmonic Minor Harmonica
Lee Oskar Harmonicas

Lee Oskar Harmonic Minor Harmonica

£34.49

12 Keys available

The Lee Oskar Harmonic Minor tuning has a very soulful, Eastern European sound and was used for one entire side of Lee Oskar's highly acclaimed first solo album. This harmonica is tuned to the harmonic minor, which is mos prevalent in traditional Eastern European, Gypsy and Asian music. The harmonic minor differs from the natural minor, which is more commonly used in Western music, in its seventh scale degree, which is raised by a semitone. As an example, the E natural minor scale uses the following notes: E-F♯-G-A-B-C-D. The E harmonic minor scale is virtually the same, but with a raised seventh: E-F♯-G-A-B-C-D♯. That is to say, the seventh note in the scale is raised by a semitone, from D to D#. The effect of this small change is quite considerable; the raised seventh provides a distinctly Eastern sound, and makes this tuning perfect for playing traditional Eastern European and Asian folk tunes. Conversely, it is not generally recommended for blues players, who will be better served by major diatonic or natural minor tunings Lee Oskar Harmonic Minor harmonicas are labelled in first position and are designed to be played in this position primarily. Model: 1910H - Yellow Label Available in 12 Keys (Listed low to high): Gm, Abm, Am, Bbm, Bm, Cm, Dbm, Dm, Ebm, Em, Fm, F#m Manufactured by Tombo in Japan About Lee Oskar Lee Oskar is widely regarded as one of the world's finest harmonica players, and since the 1980s has been collaborating with Tombo of Japan to produce a range of modular harmonicas, of which this model is one. Lee Oskar harmonicas are unique in that their modular design enables any set of reed plates to be used in any of the harps. Although this approach has been imitated by other manufacturers, such as Hohner, with its MS Series, none offer the range of tunings that Lee Oskar does.... Read more
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The Blues Harp

Diatonic harmonicas are often generically referred to as blues harps, due to their strong connection with blues music from the very early days of the genre. The diatonic harmonica itself is a single voice instrument and usually has 10 channels, each with one blow and one draw note - ie one note when the player blows through one hole and a different single note when they suck air through the same hole.

History of the Diatonic Harmonica

Although these is some evidence of a harmonica-like instrument having been produced in ancient China, the modern diatonic can trace its origins back to Germany and Bohemia in the 19th Century, where several companies, including Hohner and Seydel, began to mass produce instruments that resemble the harmonicas we play today. It’s worth remembering that these early harmonicas were originally designed to play German ‘Oompah’ music, with simple chords available at the low and and major key melody notes towards the middle to top of the harmonica. Strangely, this note layout, typically known as Richter, after its (slightly debated) creator Josef Richter, persists to this day, despite its limitations and many attempts to replace it with alternatives.

Although there have been many developments in materials, manufacturing technology and design over the years, most modern diatonics would not look unfamiliar to a 19th century harmonica player. In fact, apart from improved accuracy and tighter tolerances in the manufacturing of the reed plates, a Hohner 1896 Marine Band is virtually identical to an early 20th Century model of the same name.

The main development that influenced harmonica production was its use in folk and blues music, particularly in the USA, from the 1920s onwards. The blues harp was a readily available and inexpensive instrument that could accompany a guitar or banjo, and player soon discovered that they could take it far from its original Oompah music origins by bending draw notes down.

Today there are a number of harmonica manufacturers dotted around the world, with Germany and Japan being pre-eminent at the mid to high end and China being the main source of entry level and low end instruments.

What Does Diatonic Mean?

Diatonic means 'of the scale' and refers to the arrangement of notes in a heptatonic (7 notes per octave) scale in which there are five whole tones and two semitones per octave and in which the two semitones are separated from each other by two or three semitones.

In simple terms, this usually means that a diatonic harmonica is tuned to one specific key. So a C major diatonic harmonica will offer the notes: C, D, E, F, G, A, and B (just the white notes on a piano) at various pitches.

Because these harmonicas are tuned to a single key (ignoring the possibility of playing in second/third/etc positions), most players will require more than one in order to be able to play a variety of songs with other musicians. Luckily diatonic harmonicas are relatively inexpensive, compared to their chromatic counterparts (and, indeed, other instruments, such as guitars), so the purchasing of multiple keys does not need to be financially onerous. Multi packs of diatonics are also available, which offer significant savings over purchasing the same harps individually.

Best Harmonica for Beginners

It is tempting when starting to play a new instrument to purchase something at the budget end of the market. However, as harmonicas are relatively inexpensive, I would generally recommend starting with a German or Japanese made harp, which start at around £30. These will be easier to play than cheaper harps, will last longer and won’t hold you back when your playing improves. In fact, many professional players use harmonicas from the £30 to £40 price point, so, with occasional reed placate replacements this level of harp could last for many years in your harmonica playing journey.

Models that I would recommend for beginners include the Hohner Special 20, https://theharmonicacompany.com/product/suzuki-bluesmaster-harmonica, https://theharmonicacompany.com/product/seydel-session-standard-harmonica and https://theharmonicacompany.com/product/seydel-session-steel-blues-harmonica and the Lee Oskar Major Diatonic. These harps are all keenly priced, have replacement reed plates available, and feature plastic combs, which are resistant to swelling - a common problem with traditional wood-combed harmonicas.

Diatonic Harmonica in C

We recommend that your first diatonic harmonica is in the key of C Major. The reasons for this are multiple: first, C Major is the most popular key used in Western music, which means that you’ll be able to play along with a wider range of songs than any other key; second, and as a consequence of the key’s popularity, almost all beginner lessons on Youtube and other online video channels, start with a harmonica tuned to C; third, C sits right in the middle of standard tunings, meaning that it doesn’t have the harder to play low notes of a lower tuned harmonica or the rather squeaky high notes of a harmonica that is tuned to a higher key.

What Other Keys of Diatonic Harmonica to Buy?

Once you have mastered the basics of harmonica playing, you may want to expand your repertoire to songs outside of the key of C. G and A are popular choices, due to the ubiquity of popular songs written in these keys, but Bb is also a useful key to possess, particularly if you intend to play blues licks with a piano and/or horns.

Which Keys of Diatonic Harmonica are the Highest and Lowest?

Diatonics are labelled as standard keys (ie no high or low designation) from G (the lowest) to F# (the highest). A G harp that is a semitone higher than F#’ is referred to as a High G (and some manufacturers make a High A and a High Ab). Those with a range that start a semitone or more below G are referred to as ‘Low’ harmonicas (or sometimes ‘Tenor’ in chromatics). So a Low F, will be an octave lower than a standard F, but only a tone lower than a standard G. Low Low harps are two octaves lower than the standard key, but are usually confined to E, Eb and F, as below that the notes get extremely low and hard to play at the bottom end. Conversely, some manufacturers don’t offer a standard F#, due to its squeaky nature at the top end, and instead suggest that customers use a Low F# when playing in this key.

Low tuned harmonicas are harder to bend at the low end, but they do have a distinctive tone, and the top end tends to be much more useable than the very high notes on, say, a standard D or E harmonica.

10 Hole Diatonic

Most diatonics have 10 holes, thereby providing 20 notes - 10 on the blow reeds and 10 on the draw reeds. However, there are a small number of diatonics available with a greater range - typically 12 to 14 holes. These tend to feature the Richter note layout, but offer additional lower notes - much like having a low and a standard tuned harmonica combined into a single harp.

What is Meant by Second Position?

Harmonica players often talk about playing in second position, or less commonly, third or fourth position. This can be the source of much confusion, as it suggests a playing technique rather than what it actually is, which is playing a diatonic in a different key to the one in which it is labelled.

This may sound strange, so let’s explain what is meant by these ‘positions’. Consider the scale of C Major - all the white notes on a piano - C, D, E, F, G, A, B. Now consider the scale of G Major - G, A, B, C, D, E, F#. You’ll notice that the only difference in the notes is the F#, so a C harp can actually play all of the notes of the G major scale except for the F#. However, the F, which is available when playing G on a C harp is actually a key note (a 7th) in the blues scale. Combine this with the fact that playing in G on a C harp puts the notes that need to be bent for the blues scale on the draw (where they can be bent) and it’s clear why this arrangement (known as second position) is widely used by blues players.

There are many other positions (consider for example, that C major and A minor share the same notes), but second and first position are the most popular.

Natural Minor, Melody Maker and Alternative Tunings

The standard Richter tuning in the major key has many limitations, not least of which is the fact that it was designed to play a quite different genre of music than that which it is typically used for today. Manufacturers, and in some cases, individuals, have, as a consequence, created alternative tunings in order to circumvent this issue.

The most popular alternative tunings are natural harmonic minors. As the names suggest, these enable the natural minor and harmonic minor keys to be easily played on a diatonic, giving players access to minor key blues licks (typically using natural minor tunings) and Eastern style tunes, via the harmonic minor.

Other tunings, such as Powerbender, Powerdraw and Wilde Rock, aim to make the diatonic more suitable for playing the blues by ensuring that the notes that need to be bent are positioned on the draw reeds. Paddy Richter, in comparison, applies some subtle tweeks to Richter tuning to make it more suitable for playing rapid Irish style folk melodies. Melody Maker, which is available from Seydel and Lee Oskar, is designed to make major key melody playing more intuitive.

Seydel offers the widest range of alternative tunings, whilst Hohner and Suzuki limit their offering to natural and harmonic minors in one or two models.

What is the Difference Between a Diatonic and a Chromatic Harmonica?

As we have noted above, a diatonic harmonica is tuned to a specific key, and can only play notes outside of that key by the use of bends (more on this later). A chromatic harmonica, in comparison, has two sets of reeds, tuned a semitone apart, and usually has a slide, operated by the player, that directs air to the top or bottom set of reeds. This enables it to play all Western notes within a given range. An easy way to imagine this is to think of a piano keyboard - a diatonic in C will feature only white notes, whilst the chromatic will feature the white notes and black notes.

Chromatics are still labelled as being in a particular key, but this is related to the specific note layout and range rather than which key it is able to be played in. So, for example, a G chromatic will start and finish lower in the pitch range than a C chromatic, but many of the notes will be the same on both.

In general, diatonics are more suited to blues and rock, where the ability to bend notes is important, whilst chromatics’ greater range of available notes make them more suited to jazz and classical music.

Can I Play Chromatically on a Diatonic Harmonica?

Although diatonic harmonicas are set up to play only the notes in their listed key as standard, harp players, particularly those from the blues world, have long been adapting their technique to squeeze some chromaticism out of their instrument. This is achieved by bending notes down on the draw, thus flattening certain notes. The best players can access almost any Western note within the confines of the range of the harmonica using variations of this technique.

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