Hohner Special 20 Harmonica H560

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Hohner Special 20 Features:

  • Awesome response, superior bendability and the sweetest tone ever.
  • The Special 20 harp is the first choice for those learning to play.
  • Its special airtight design makes it the most recommended go-to harp for harmonica players of any style, including blues, country, folk or rock.
  • The plastic comb doesn’t absorb moisture making it longer lasting.
  • Harp of choice of harmonica virtuoso John Popper (of Blues Traveler) and played by Bob Dylan on his 2007/08 tour.
  • Chances are your favorite player has several of these harps in his case.
  • 12 major keys.
  • Was $62


Hohner Special 20 Harmonica H560
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Review by JP Allen

Great for Professionals and Beginners! Great Tone! Great for learning to Bend! Bang for the buck, this is my personal favorite instrument by a long shot. It’s the harmonica I use and it’s the instrument that makes it easiest for beginners to learn to bend. You’ll need to spend 2 to 5 times the money on other brands of harmonicas to match its performance.

From the Manufacturer:

Hohnor’s Diatonic

Hohner’s diatonic harmonicas set the industry standard through their high quality construction, excellent response and unsurpassed tone. Often called “Blues Harps”, they have been a fixture as melody and accompaniment instruments in blues, rock, country, and folk bands, as well as many other styles of music and musical ensembles. Richter tuning and undivided air channels allow for bending and overblowing the reeds, creating the signature wailing sound typical of the harmonica.

Classic Line: Traditional values. Modern innovation.

This is the essence of the Classic line — traditional values and cutting edge technology. Extremely precise tools minimize air loss and ensure a quicker response and bigger volume. As always, each Classic harmonica is exclusively handmade.

Special 20: Great tone and comfort

Durable plastic comb with recessed reed plates for playing comfort. The stable, airtight construction and full sound make the Special 20 one of the most popular diatonic models.

Technical Info

  • All Major Keys *Key of C recommended for beginners.
  • Reeds: 20
  • Reedplates: Brass; 0.9 mm
  • Comb: Plastic
  • Length in cm: approx. 10.0

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The standard for harps

Dec 20, 2013 by Jim Rumbaugh

If you are are new to harmonica, you can choose this one and be sure it was a good choice. If you can't play a special 20, you can't blame the harp. There are better harps, there are worse harps, but the special 20 is one everyone can play.

5.0 5.0 1 1 If you are are new to harmonica, you can choose this one and be sure it was a good choice. If you can't play a special 20, you can't blame the harp. There are better harps, there a Hohner Special 20 Harmonica H560

Comments (7)

  • Ron


    How long does this special last? Would love to get one!


    • JP Allen


      If you learn to play your harmonica gently it will last many years. It’s when people over play their harps that they break. I highly recommend the Special 20. jp


  • Lynn


    I have a 6 year old grand daughter who loves to play around with a old Hohner blues harp that only plays on the draw and only a couple on the blow if that. It is pretty amazing the familiar sounds she is producing with that old harp.
    I was going to purchase one of the Hohner special 20 for her, as you recommend in this article above. I was wondering if there is other models in the Hohner Brand or even other Manufactures and there models that would be easier for her to blow and draw other than the special 20?
    The reason I ask this is that she is just a small little gal and I am trying to get her the easiest to give her a little more volume range. Or maybe you don’t think that this is a concern that I should not be concerned with?
    Thank you very much, Lynn


  • Buddy Nicosia


    Lynn Back in the early 80s,the Hohner Blues
    Band was made with smaller ,square holes.They were about 2/3 the size of the ones made to day.I would think they would be a better fit for someone with a smaller mouth.Maybe they still make them?


  • Mark Rigdon


    I was just curious about – does the hohner 20- have all the keys-(12), built into one unit- or are they all separated into separate units. It would be nice if someone built this type of harmonica?!!


    • JP Allen


      Each harmonica is a separate key. It is a good idea to have at least a set of 5 different keyed harmonicas and you can work your way up to all 12 eventually. jp


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