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Signature Harmonicas

Every now and again an artist will become so inextricably linked with their chosen instrument that they will be granted a signature edition. Although this is relatively common in the guitar world, only a handful of artists, including Bob Dylan, Ozzy Osbourne and Toots Thielemans have had the honour of having signature harmonicas made.

HOHNER Beatles Harmonica
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HOHNER Beatles Harmonica

£47.99
A tribute to the timeless songs of The Beatles To honour the invaluable contribution which The Beatles have made to popular musical culture, we have created the new Hohner Beatles Harmonica. Made in Germany to the highest standards of craftsmanship, this great little instrument offers you the opportunity to join the party and play along! When the Beatles began their musical career in the early 1960s as an unknown pop group from Liverpool, nobody could have dreamed that their music would still be around over 60 years later. From their humble beginnings, in less than ten years they went on to produce a vast body of timeless compositions which have won a place in the hearts of generations of music lovers around the world. The songs of the Beatles have played a defining role in popular music over the last six decades and will still be setting standards for years to come. With the new Beatles Harmonica, you too can learn to play these timeless melodies. And remember, the Hohner harmonica played a role in some of the Beatles ́ early hits. Hohner Musikinstrumente GmbH:Hohner Musikinstrumente GmbH is the world market leader in the field of reed instruments with headquarters in Trossingen, Germany. Already in the 19th century, the long tradition of the HOHNER Group in the production of high-quality harmonica and later accordions, melodicas and flutes began. The products are distributed in 85 countries through a network of distribution partners. Millions of music enthusiasts worldwide play HOHNER instruments. More information is available at: www.hohner.de... Read more
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Ozzy Osbourne Golden Ticket Harmonica
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Ozzy Osbourne Golden Ticket Harmonica

£2,624.99
Ozzy Osbourne Golden Ticket Harmonica - signed and played by Ozzy himself! We've managed to acquire one of the Golden Ticket Ozzy Osbourne harmonicas that has been signed and played by Ozzy. Limited to a production run of only 50 units worldwide, these harps are super collectable and were not available to buy from new (and, as far as we know, this is the only one currently for sale) - the only way to obtain one was to buy a standard Ozzy harp and hope that it contained the Golden Ticket. Like the standard Ozzy harp, the Golden Ticket model is MS based, but comes with a transparent acrylic comb and white cover plates signed by Ozzy. As well as being signed by Ozzy, all 50 Golden Ticket harmonica were also played by him. This is an extremely rare and collectable harmonica - perfect for fans of Ozzy, and likely to appreciate over time.  ... Read more
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Toots Thielemans Hard Bopper Harmonica
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Toots Thielemans Hard Bopper Harmonica

£214.99
The Toots Thielemans Hard Bopper Harmonica was developed in cooperation with the legendary Jean "Toots" Thielemans, the grand old man of harmonica jazz. Toots recommends the Mellow Tone for ballads or classical pieces and the Hard Bopper for more contemporary material. Thicker plates and long slot reeds give this instrument a full, powerful sound with the fast response needed for jazz and rock music. It has a pearwood comb, optimized for improved response in the upper register. Comb: Pearwood, brown Number of holes: 12 Reeds: 48 brass Reed Plates: 1.2mm brass Reed Plate Surface: Nickel Cover Surface: stainless steel Slide Construction: straight Mouthpiece Surface: Chrome Length: 15.5 cm Comes in a plastic snap box Chrome plated brass covers with Toots signature embossing Keys: C Major ... Read more
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Toots Thielemans Mellow Tone Harmonica
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Toots Thielemans Mellow Tone Harmonica

£201.99
The Toots Thielemans Mellow Tone Harmonica was developed in cooperation with the legendary Jean "Toots" Thielemans, the grand old man of harmonica jazz. Toots recommends the Mellow Tone for ballads or classical pieces and the Hard Bopper for more contemporary material. Short slot reeds and thinner reed plates make this model perfect for playing ballads. The pearwood body gives the instrument a warm, resonant tone. Comb: Pearwood, brown Number of holes: 12 Reeds: 48 brass Reed Plates: 1.05mm brass Reed Plate Surface: Nickel Cover Surface: stainless steel Slide Construction: straight Mouthpiece Surface: Chrome Length: 15.5 cm Comes in a plastic snap box Chrome plated brass covers with Toots signature embossing Keys: C Major ... Read more
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Hohner Bob Dylan Harmonica (Without Presentation Case)
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Hohner Bob Dylan Harmonica (Without Presentation Case)

£41.99

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This is the same harp as the Bob Dylan Signature edition, but has two important differences: first, it comes without the presentation case, which makes it considerably less expensive; second, it is available in the keys of D and F as well as C (the Signature harp is available only in C). The harp itself is identical to the Signature edition, and is based on Hohner's popular Blues Harp MS model. It features a sealed doussie comb, brass reeds and has a bright bluesie tone that is suitable for a range of music, from folk to blues and pop... Read more
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Hohner John Lennon Signature M592016 Harmonica
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Hohner John Lennon Signature M592016 Harmonica

£62.99

Out of stock

This model is discontinued. However, Hohner now produces The Beatles Signature Harmonica as an alternative The Hohner John Lennon Signature features brilliant white cover plates, stylish packaging and a clear acrylic comb, the John Lennon Signature Series Harmonica by Hohner is hand-made in Germany and will pay tribute to the legacy of its namesake. One of the greatest musicians and composers of the 20th century, John Lennon began playing the harmonica when he was a child in Liverpool and was greatly influenced in the 1960's by American blues music. His playing on #1 hit songs like "Love Me Do","From Me to You","Please Please Me," and "I Should Have Known Better" inspired a whole new generation of harmonica players. Hand-made in Trossignen, Germany, this premium harp is perfect for any collector, fan, or serious harmonica player. Hohner is proud to celebrate John Lennon's spirit of creativity. The M592016 harmonica is a 10-hole Marine Band-style diatonic harp in the key of C. It comes in a clear acrylic case and a white cardboard display box with a magnetic closure. Original Blues Harp with gold-plated reed plates in C-Major Exclusive stainless steel covers with special embossing Specially imprinted Doussie wood comb Robust case with John Lennon imprint in Silver. Comes in a John Lennon designed case. Key: C ... Read more
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Hohner Sonny Terry Heritage Edition Harmonica
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Hohner Sonny Terry Heritage Edition Harmonica

£52.99

Out of stock

Hohner Sonny Terry Heritage Edition Harmonica - As one of the greatest and most original harmonica players the world has ever seen, Sonny Terry remains an iconic role model for blues musicians around the globe. To honor his memory, Hohner has launched a specially made 10-hole diatonic harmonica in homage to the original instruments upon which he created his unique work. Only available in the key of C. Special cover plates Stainless steel cover plates embossed with a Sonny Terry Design. Based on the Original Marine Band The sealed comb of the instrument is lacquered ochre/black like the historic Marine Bands. Vintage Cardboard Box Instrument comes in a vintage cardboard box with special graphics. Signature Stamp Box includes a replica of the stamp blind Sonny Terry used to sign autographs. Special packaging All contents of the Heritage Edition come in a beautiful magnetic case with historic graphics. About Sonny Terry Sonny Terry was an American blues musician who was known for his distinctive style of harmonica playing. He lost his sight in 1927 at the age of 16, which ultimately led to his abandoning his original intention to pursue a career in the farming industry. Agriculture's loss, was music's gain, however, and after a decade of playing initially on street corners, then later in music venues, he recorded material for the Vocation label. After the end of World War 2, Terry was in demand for services as a session musician, adding harmonica to hits from Leadbelly, Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger. He also developed a partnership with guitarist Brownie McGee, which would continue for several decades, and included the release of material on several labels, and even appearances in Broadway productions. Terry died in 1986, having made only sporadic live appearances in the preceding decade. In the same year he was finally inducted into the Blues Founmdations Hall of Fame.  ... Read more
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Lee Oskar Mick Jagger Signature Harmonica - Key of C

Lee Oskar Mick Jagger Signature Harmonica - Key of C

£68.99

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Lee Oskar Mick Jagger Signature 1st Edition 10 Hole C It is well-known that Mick Jagger has loved playing Lee Oskar harmonicas for many years. The Mick Jagger Harmonica Signature Series offers a meticulously designed range of harmonicas that faithfully replicate the exact specifications used by Mick Jagger throughout his illustrious career. Each harmonica in the series is handcrafted with thorough attention to detail, guaranteeing an authentic playing experience and the unmistakable Jagger sound that fans have grown to love. The Mick Jagger Harmonica Signature Series features harmonicas in various keys, including the popular blues keys. Each harmonica is precision-tuned to Mick Jagger’s exacting standards, guaranteeing unparalleled sound quality and effortless playability. The harmonicas also showcase custom-designed cover plates adorned with Mick Jagger’s signature, adding a touch of rock and roll flair to the instrument. Specification Manufacturer Lee Oskar by Tombo Country of Origin Japan Instrument Type Major Diatonic Note / Key C... Read more
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These models are usually based on a standard harmonica from the manufacturer, but have special features that differentiate them, such as reed material, thickness, cover plate design, etc. They also usually come with a presentation case, and are - by their nature - collectible.

They make the perfect gift for fans of a particular artist, and their limited edition nature may see some of them appreciate in value over time (provided, of course, that they are kept in unused, boxed condition).

Limited Editions

In some cases, the number of signature harmonicas produced is extremely low, making them highly collectible. The Ozzy Osbourne Golden Ticket Harmonica, for example, was a special promotional item made by Hohner to promote the standard Ozzy signature harp, and only 50 of these were manufactured and distributed around the world as prizes. To be in with a chance of winning, the customer needed to purchase a standard Ozzy Osborne Signature Harp; if they were extremely lucky, they would find inside the box a 'golden ticket' which they could exchange for one of the Golden Ticket harmonicas. Each harp was hand signed and even played by Ozzy himself, making them an ideal purchase for Black Sabbath and Ozzy superfans (albeit ones who will need very deep pockets, as their rarity makes them exceptionally valuable).

The Beatles Signature Harmonica

Although Hohner produced a John Lennon Signature Harmonica for many years, and also released a Beatles harmonica in the 1960s, until recently a Beatles signature harp had been missing from their range for decades. That changed in 2022 with the release of a harmonica designed to celebrate the success of the biggest pop and rock band of all time, who used the harmonica in many of their hits, including Love Me Do and From Me To You. The harmonica itself is based on Hohner's MS Series and features cover plates with the classic Beatles logo and instantly recognisable silhouettes. The packaging includes a classic Beatles scene from the Let It Be era, and is almost too nice to open!

Signature Tunings

Some artists prefer to go down the route of alternative tunings, with their eponymous harps being differentiated not by merely aesthetic modifications, but by entirely different note layouts. Will Wilde, a virtuoso rock and blues harp player from the UK, has two tunings named after him, which are available from Seydel on selected harmonicas - Wilde Rock and Minor Wilde. Both are quite different from the standard Richter tuning, and enable fast guitar style rock licks to be played more easily on a ten hole harp. Of course, using this tuning won't instantly give you Will's talents, but it can, with practice, open up a whole new world of melodic possibilities.

Larry Adler Harmonicas

Larry Adler has the rare distinction of having had not one but two signature chromatic harmonicas made by Hohner. Based on the Chromonica models, these are 12 and 16 hole chromatics, with pearwood combs and feature Larry Adler graphics engraved on the cover plates.

Mick Jagger Signature Harmonica

It's easy to forget that several of the Stones' most famous songs, including Gimme Shelter, feature Jagger on harmonica. He is, then, somewhat late to the signature harmonica party, having had a signature edition harp created for him by Lee Oskar/Tombo in 2023. This is based on the longstanding Major Diatonic model, with an ABS comb and brass reeds. The main differences are the black cover plates and the Jagger logo emblazoned on them. To our eyes, it's an extremely handsome harmonica - much nicer than the standard model, in fact - and can be fitted with any of the Lee Oskar reed plates in alternative tunings, due to its modular nature.

Bob Dylan Signature Harmonica

The most famous player of the 10 hole harp of them all? Almost certainly, even if many of the more technically minded harmonica enthusiasts are critical of his playing. Dylan had a signature harp produced by Hohner for him for many years. Based on the Blues Harp MS, it featured specially engraved cover plates and a wood comb. Contractual disagreements, however, mean that this model was discontinued some time ago, although a few new old stock items are still available (usually in the version in keys other than C, which shipped without the presentation case).

Are Signature Harmonicas Good for Beginners?

Beginners may be drawn to the signature harp of one of their favourite players, but it may not always be the best choice when starting out. This is because they tend to be more expensive than standard models, due to royalty payments needing to be made to the artist, and often don't come in a range of keys (which will be needed as the player progresses). If beginners want to play the same harmonica as their idol, it is usually easier and cheaper to purchase the model on which the signature harmonica is based, which will often be identical in all but appearance to the signature harp.

Are Signature Harmonicas Worth Buying?

For fans of the artist, the answer has to be a resounding 'yes!' There are few other items that you can buy that are collectible, able to be used in the same way as the artist and relatively inexpensive. However, viewed only as an investment, like all harmonicas, signature harps probably won't yield a significant return, with the possible exception of super rare harps like the Ozzy Golden Ticket harmonica. So, our advice is to buy if you like the artist and harmonica, don't expect it to be worth any more money in ten or twenty years from now.

The Harmonica Company offers a range of signature edition harmonicas, primarily from Hohner, with fast worldwide shipping.

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