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moosers's review (Hohner - Melodica Alto 9452)

By moosers, 12/03/2011
The Hohner Melodica Alto is a deeper sounding instrument than your average melodica. It's also of course larger in size as to produce a deeper tone. It's also got a different feeling keyboard than your normal melodica as it's not exactly laid out like a traditional keyboard. Of course the notes are in all the same spots and it won't take players too long to get used to it, but the keys are smaller and they don't take up the full platform in terms of key sizes. Playing the melodica in general will take a little bit of practice of course, as will any new instrument, but if you're used to a normal melodica, it won't be too hard to adjust to the alto melodica. The sound of the Hohner Melodica Alto is of course much like your average melodica, only deeper, but it's nice to have a slightly different sound as you never know when you might want to go deeper with your melodica sound. I don't know that I prefer this to a traditionally pitched melodica, but it's a cool option to have regardless and this really just has to do with personal preference more than anything else. Unfortunately, it will cost you a decent bit more than a normal melodica, although there are some traditional meldoicas with comparable prices. However, because of this if you're just getting started with a melodica and want something to get your feet wet with, I wouldn't recommend the alto melodica. Rather, I'd go with something else from Hohner like the student melodica as it sounds good and is a great place to start (don't let the name fool you). Having said this, the Hohner Melodica Alto is a great instrument to have around if you're looking to expand your melodica palette.

moosers's review (Hohner - Special 20 Classic)

By moosers, 03/08/2011
The Hohner Special 20 is a harmonica/harp that comes in all of the Western keys. The one that I've used was in the standard key of C, which is probably the Special 20 that you'll see the most of out there. For a diatonic harmonica, this kind is definitely up there with the best of them. They seem to be quite popular, although I don't personally own one. I've got other harmonicas at home, but the Special 20 is one that I've used only on the other side of the glass as a recording engineer after a client brought it in to record with. While I can't speak to it's playability, the sounds of the Special 20 is superb. Of course it helped that the player was top notch, but I'd be hard pressed to hear another harmonica that surpassed the sound of this one if I could try it with the same player. Since I don't own this I can't shoot it out against the Hohner harmonicas that I have, but I do think it's a bit better than the BluesBand Hohner harmonica I have. I don't believe that they sell the Special 20's in a set, but you can definitely buy one for each key and even in a 7th cross harp position. The price of the Special 20 harmonicas is a bit more expensive than your average harmonica, as it's possible to get a harmonica for next to nothing, but to get one of quality like this one, it's going to cost a little bit more, which really isn't all that much since harmonicas are pretty cheap in general. Unless you're a pretty experienced player, the Special 20 might not be necessary, but if you're looking for a quality harmonica to record with and are an experienced player, the Hohner Special 20 definitely should be considered.

Great Blues Harp! (Hohner - Blues Harp MS)

By LeighH, 07/12/2014
I love this harmonica! It's my favorite among all of my diatonics (I have the Marine Band Special 20s and the Blues Harp in D.) It's warm and throaty and allows for easy bending. Fantastic!

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