Hohner Blues Harmonica Comparison and Review

I have been using hohner harmonicas for many year and own a whole bunch of them. With use and maybe not enough maintenance care they often need to be replaced. I have since focus on the ones that can be easily taken apart for regular cleaning. I am replacing anything that has nails fastening the reets and the outer covers. I purchase only the ones with the screw. In this video I will review the Hohner Piedmont, Hohner Marine Band, Hohner Blues Harp, Hohner Big River and Hohner Special 20. My favorite is the Special 20 and as I replace them I will replace them with this brand. The special 20 can be taken apart by easy removing the screws for the outer shell as well as the reeds. The reeds can then be easily cleaned with a toothbrush and rubbing alcohol. This procedure is featured in many YouTube tutorials. You do have to be careful when doing that and it is recommended to do this regularly depending on the frequency fo use. This will prolong the life and sound of the harmonica and protect your investment. The plastic comb is also very easy to clean and wash with water. Wooden combs might absorb water when cleaning and swell so for me plastic is a no brainer. As for sound the hohner blues harp and the special 20 seem equal and I do like them both but because of the plastic comb I prefer the Hohner Special 20. The Big River is cool too but it has holes on the side (see video) where air is lost. If you plug the holes its ok but why should you have to do this. Not sure why the holes are there in the first place.
Hohner Harmonicas are made in Germany and have a great reputation for quality. Hope this review helps some of you to choose the brand that will work for you both from the sound as well as budget reason.

Comments

Pavel Rinn says:

Earplugs 😀 😀 :-D. I am no expert, but I would say these holes have anything to do with the harmonica being airtide 😀 😀 :-D. If you take the coverplates of the harmonica, the air still goes thrue the reeds and it plays 😀 😀 😀 These hols just let the sound leave the harmonica from the sides and sometimes makes it more loud. I am sorry, but this explanation is funny. May be if you wanted to amplify the harmonica with microphone, you would want to project the sound only from the back of the harmonica and that might be the the reason to cover those holes but otherways… No reason :-). Anyway.. Sorry for my english. Its not my native language :-). Hope you understand what I wanted to say…

Dov Landzbaum says:

Thanks for posting this. I’ve been looking for a review of most of the harps I own, namely Blues Harps.

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