JPs Super 3 Harmonica Sampler

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Super 3 Harmonica Samples Pack Features:

  • Includes the following 3 Amazing Harps
  • 1 x Hohner Special 20 Harmonica (key of c)
  • 1 x Suzuki Manji Harmonica (key of c)
  • 1 x Hohner Crossover Harmonica (key of c)

Was $251.99

Now $195.20

JPs Super 3 Harmonica Sampler
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JP Allen’s Personal Recommendation

How to find your personal favorite harmonica?

First off, if saving money is your main objective, then go with the Special 20. The Manji and the Crossover are in another league, and they’re also a bit more expensive.

With that said, I think it’s very important to find your favorite make and model of harmonica, so that you can get acclimated to the feel and responsiveness of that particular instrument. Different types of harmonicas have different technologies and craftsmanship, so their performance can be radically different. Which one is best is a matter of personal preference (in the same way that one person may prefer the performance of a Corvette over a Lamborghini).

So what do I recommend?

To find your own personal favorite harmonica, you really need to compare apples to apples … meaning you need to keep the key the same when sampling different makes and models.

For example, comparing a Manji in the key of A with a Special 20 in C would be an unfair test. Most beginners find it much easier to bend a C harmonica than an A harmonica, so they may automatically conclude that they prefer Special 20s to Manjis ( … but their judgment would be baised).

Students fall into this trap all the time, and the result is a major setback. Bending is challenging enough as it is, and if a beginner is trying to learn to bend on an unresponsive harmonica, they make get stuck and quite frustrated.

Because the Hohner Special 20, the Hohner Crossover, and the Suzuki Manji are all incredibly responsive instruments, I want to give you the opportunity to compare them at a respectable discount. I know you’ll be totally blown away to finally put a high-performance instrument in your mouth and let those bends come wailing through!

I’m super curious which one you’ll pick as your top favorite harmonica. Please let me know!

Hohner Special 20 Video

Review by JP Allen

The Hohner Blues Band is one of the best economical harmonicas for beginners to get started with. (You may want to consider checking out my discount harmonica bundle as the ideal companion lessons for this harmonica.)

How to find your personal favorite harmonica?

First off, if saving money is your main objective, then go with the Special 20. The Manji and the Crossover are in another league, and they’re also a bit more expensive.

With that said, I think it’s very important to find your favorite make and model of harmonica, so that you can get acclimated to the feel and responsiveness of that particular instrument. Different types of harmonicas have different technologies and craftsmanship, so their performance can be radically different. Which one is best is a matter of personal preference (in the same way that one person may prefer the performance of a Corvette over a Lamborghini).

To find your own personal favorite harmonica, you really need to compare apples to apples … meaning you need to keep the key the same when sampling different makes and models.

For example, comparing a Manji in the key of A with a Special 20 in C would be an unfair test. Most beginners find it much easier to bend a C harmonica than an A harmonica, so they may automatically conclude that they prefer Special 20s to Manjis ( … but their judgment would be baised).

Students fall into this trap all the time, and the result is a major setback. Bending is challenging enough as it is, and if a beginner is trying to learn to bend on an unresponsive harmonica, they make get stuck and quite frustrated.

Because the Hohner Special 20, the Hohner Crossover, and the Suzuki Manji are all incredibly responsive instruments, I want to give you the opportunity to compare them at a respectable discount. I know you’ll be totally blown away to finally put a high-performance instrument in your mouth and let those bends come wailing through!

I’m super curious which one you’ll pick as your top favorite harmonica. Please let me know!

From the Manufacturer:

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 plus lower and higher octave tunings.

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
  • Reeds: 20
  • Reedplates: Brass; 0.9 mm
  • Comb: Plastic
  • Length in cm: approx. 10.0

Suzuki Manji M20 Video

Review by Ronnie Shellist


From JP Allen:

Why am I recommending the Suzuki Manji to you today (…after 20 years of almost exclusively endorsing Hohner Harmonicas)? It’s kind of like driving a Ferrari. It’s a high end precision instrument and out of the box it just kicks butt.

The tone and power of this instrument is huge. In the past, to create an instrument that had this much power (while enabling the bent notes to still flow like butter), I would have had to spend an hour custom tuning my harmonica.

Big tone and volume usually results in a loss of sensitivity, making it difficult to bend the reeds with ease. With its cutting edge technology, the Suzuki Mangi is the first high end instrument I’ve played out of the box, thats achieved the perfect balance between power and responsiveness.

Kp>I’m pretty sure you’ll be delighted with how easy this instrument makes it to bend notes (including over-blowing) while maintaining a rich and silky tone.

At the end of the day there is no “best harmonica”. It really comes down to personal preference and the Suzuki Manji is well worth considering. Do you think the feeling of playing an elite and beautifully designed instrument will encourage you to practice more often? Maybe it’s worth a shot.

Technical Info

  • KEY OF C
  • 10 Holes
  • 20 Notes
  • Diatonic Harmonica in C

Hohner Crossover Video

Review by Harmonica Legend Steve Baker

Advanced Technology and Classic Style

From the Manufacturer: With the Crossover we have expanded the Marine Band series to introduce a new, top-of-the-line professional quality instrument for the discerning player in modern blues, rock, jazz, soul or funk. The revolutionary laminated bamboo comb (patent pending) 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.

Technical Info

  • KEY OF C
  • 10 Holes
  • 20 Notes
  • Diatonic Harmonica in C
  • Reedplates: brass 0.9 mm
  • Comb: sealed bamboo
  • Made in Germany

Comments (1)

  • Terri Beers

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    I enjoy the suzuki pipe hummers which are round, I think they have a nice sound and are louder. Haven’t tried bending with them yet.

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