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Hohner Progressive Series Special 20 Harmonica (Assorted Keys)

 
4.6

(6 reviews)

SKU: H560SPECIAL20

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The World’s Most Copied Harmonica Design

A unique, beautifully mellow sound, based on a revolutionary concept: the Special 20 was the first diatonic harmonica in the world with reed plates recessed into the comb, creating a projecting plastic mouthpiece. This makes it more comfortable to play, and the most copied harmonica design worldwide. Its distinctive sound is perfect for everything from Folk and Country to Rock and Pop. The Special 20 offers everything a professional harpist needs, but it’s also the ideal beginner’s instrument thanks to its smooth playability and comparatively affordable price. If you’re not just looking for a companion for the first few steps, but one to take you all the way, the Special 20 is your best possible bet.

  • The reed plates are recessed for a more comfortable mouthpiece
  • Reliable performance under all climate conditions thanks to the resilient plastic comb
  • The cover plates have a small back opening to highlight the warm sound

Due to health regulations this item may not be returned.

Reed plates (material, thickness): brass, 0.9 mm  
Reed plates (surface): brass  
Reeds (number, material): 20, brass  
Comb (material, color): ABS, black  
Comb (finish): ABS  
Mouthpiece (surface): ABS  
Cover plates: stainless steel  
Type: diatonic  
Tuning: Richter/Country (Country just in F#, F, E, Eb, D, Db, C, B(H), Bb, A, Ab, G)  
Number of holes: 10  
Length: 10.2 cm / 4.0"  

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  • Harmonica
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HohnerProgressive Series Special 20 Harmonica (Assorted Keys)
 
4.7

(based on 6 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (4)
  • Warm tone (4)
  • Easy to play (3)
  • Quality craftsmanship (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

No Best Uses

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4.0

Good Harps, good price

By 

from Orlando, FL

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Play
  • Price
  • Quality Craftsmanship
  • Rich Sound
  • Warm Tone

Cons

  • Wears Out Eventually

Best Uses

  • Gigs
  • Just For Fun

Comments about Hohner Progressive Series Special 20 Harmonica (Assorted Keys):

I like the plastic comb; Special 20 is a good all-purpose harp. I play guitar and harp (keys A,C,D,F,G): country, folk, blues, pop, Cajun and zydeco. Eventually I blow them out and have to replace them. I understand they can sometimes be repaired, but I've never been good at it, so I look for deals -- buying the package of 3 saved about $15. Cheaper harps aren't worth getting.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The best

By 

from hawthorne ca

About Me Child

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Easy To Play
  • Quality Craftsmanship
  • Rich Sound
  • Warm Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jazz Clubs

    Comments about Hohner Progressive Series Special 20 Harmonica (Assorted Keys):

    the best

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    A Gold Standard

    By 

    from Garden Grove, CA

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Easy Bends
    • Rich Sound
    • Warm Tone

    Cons

    • Flat Sound
    • Inconsistent
    • Sharp Comb Edges

    Best Uses

    • Blues
    • Rock

    Comments about Hohner Progressive Series Special 20 Harmonica (Assorted Keys):

    The SP20 is one of the gold standards in diatonic harmonicas, but they tend to have quality check issues coming out of the factory. Often you'll buy one out of the box that has flat notes, or gets flat very quickly. The latest one I bought was like this, and when I took it apart to tune and gap it, the draw reed plate was discolored! And the cover plates were put on slightly crooked too. Jeesh.

    But hey, I still love the sound and tone, so I come back for more. Also note that the SP20 isn't as durable as the Lee Oskar (another gold standard), so you might find yourself replacing your SP20 more often.

    A big issue many have with the SP20 is the sharp comb edges. This becomes a pain when you're playing the 1 and 10 holes. Handy players will usually round out those edges with their tools.

    Lastly, something to consider is the tuning. The SP20 is JI/compromised tuned, while the Lee Oskar and Golden Melody are ET tuned. This does make a difference, so try out both. People generally say that JI strikes a good balance between single note lines and chords, while ET is mainly good for single note lines.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Nothing else like the special 20

    By 

    from Glassboro,NJ

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Best harp I ever owned
    • Consistent
    • Easy To Play
    • Quality Craftsmanship
    • Rich Sound
    • They last forever
    • Warm Tone

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Blues rock

    Comments about Hohner Progressive Series Special 20 Harmonica (Assorted Keys):

    This harp has never let me down. I have tried so many different brands and models. None play as easy and sound so consistentley good all the time. They play smooth so breathing through them is no effort. I've been playing for about 40 years now so they are all I buy anymore.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Blues Harp

    By 

    from Kane, PA

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Advanced Players
      • Beginners
      • Jamming
      • Performance

      Comments about Hohner Progressive Series Special 20 Harmonica (Assorted Keys):

      Perfect Blues Harp. Suprisingly many professional blues musicians use this harmonica (John Popper from Blues Traveler, although not the best blues harp player, certainly one of the more famous). I learned on this harmonica, have tried others, and you just can't get the same tone or easy bending capabilities from other harmonicas. If you are looking for other styles of harmonica playing, wood might be the way to go, but for blues harp, this is the gold standard.

      (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Got the 560 C Special 20 Harmonica AND..

      By 

      from NEW YORK

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • I PLAY KNOWING NOTHING

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Advanced Players
      • Beginners
      • Jamming
      • Performance

      Comments about Hohner Progressive Series Special 20 Harmonica (Assorted Keys):

      i know nothing about music and wanted something to play different notes without having to know anything. this did it. i just played alone along with christmas songs, salsa,kenny g sax songs, etc. BUT U BETTER AT LEAST KNOW HOW THE SONG GOES IN YOUR HEAD.

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      Series Progressive Series
      Other Features Plastic Case
      Model Special 20
      Warranty Info:

      Progressive Series Special 20 Harmonica (Assorted Keys)

      Hohner harmonicas are warranted to be free from manufacturing defects and properly tuned at the time of purchase. Any instrument found to contain manufacturing defects or other noticeable imperfections will be, at Hohner's option, repaired or replaced at no charge providing the harmonica is shipped prepaid to the Hohner Service Center.