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.
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