The Hering Special 48 is a 12-hole harp with a great tone. This model, formerly known as the Musselwhite, has a fantastic tone and covers 3 octaves. Compared to other harmonicas in the same price range, the Hering Special 48 is quite a performer. It feels great, with no rough edges, and it produces clear, crisp notes every time. The reed plates are extra thick, which helps this harp meet even the most picky musician's expectations. This is an excellent harmonica for blues players, especially since it has an airtight body construction, which will keep you from having embarrassing blowouts in front of friends or up on stage.