Hohner Special 20 - Hohner Diatonic Harmonicas

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  • Stainles steel covers with closed sides
  • Recessed brass reed plates mounted with screws
  • Injection molded plastic comb with projecting mouthpiece

The Hohner special 20: an instrument that made the legend. One of the very first diatonic harmonicas to use recessed brass reeds plates!

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Description: Hohner Special 20

This diatonic 10-holes harmonica is one of the great classic models. It has been Hohner’s workhorse for over 40 years!

The Hohner Special 20 features the progressive technology, that allows you to develop your own style of playing and become one of the best harmonica players! Because of its ease of play and its extremely accurate brass reeds, this harmonica is suited for all kind of players, from beginner to professional.

The covers of the Hohner Special 20 are made of stainless steel, and feature closed sides. This allow them to be exceptionally airtight.

Made of molded injection plastic, the comb has a mouthpiece especially designed to enhance playing comfort. Its material also allows it not to absorb moisture, in order to extend the harmonica’s durability.

The Hohner Special 20’s melody is very distinctive and recognizable, and has shaped the sound of music from folk to pop for over 40 years.

Many famous harmonica players, like Charlie McCoy or Junior Wells, use the Hohner Special 20. Why wouldn’t you?

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Styles Country
Level Better than my neighbour
Holes 10 hole harmonica
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On my way to the full set
Marilia C. on 12/09/2021 I already have the one on key of C, now I want the full set. One at a time.
Consistently one of the top choices
Marilia C. on 12/09/2021 There is no way to go wrong with a Special 20.
First harmonica
Daniel I. on 11/22/2021 This is my first harmonica. I admit I do not know much about them. Purchased this based on the hundreds of recommendations for beginning with a Special-20 in C. Seems like a well made instrument.
Thank you.
Stephen K. on 11/16/2021 Arrived quickly and plays cleanly, just in time for my performance. Good, fair pricing too. Thank you.
big E
Gary F. on 09/18/2021 I like it a lot ! Now looking for a special 20 in the key of low E
Keith J. on 09/02/2021 Smooth
Keith J. on 09/02/2021 Smooth
Keith J. on 09/02/2021 Smooth
Keith J. on 09/02/2021 Smooth
Johnston Special 20
gene b. on 08/26/2021 Great instrument! Easy to play and great price!
My first
Bradley L. on 08/09/2021 Came with free lessons for a month.great lessons I just don't know much about music right now .
great product
Edward A. on 08/03/2021 perfect for starting out
Michael C. on 08/02/2021 Received my special 20 on time at a good price. Good deal. Thank you.
Great harmonica
Jose V. on 07/29/2021 Beautiful harmonica. Great sound. Great for single notes. I'm extremely pleased with it.
Everything I heard it would be
Charles R. on 06/28/2021 Full, mellow sound. Tight. No squeaky reeds, even in the very high end. Bends easy right out of the box. Pros already know about these excellent harps. If you are a beginner, you cannot buy a better, mid-priced, quality harp to start out.
Michael R. on 06/09/2021 Great harmonica
Hohner harmonica special 20
Mary D. on 06/07/2021 I have played harmonica for several years I use to order direct from Hoher They no longer have the option to order direct and I use to be exchange my used one
Honer Special 20
Luis S. on 04/25/2021 I don't have much to say about this harp. Incredible sound, very responsive and a really nice price! My first choice is the Crossover but I lover the Special 20. You can't go wrong with this harp!
Hohner Special 20
John B. on 04/21/2021 Nice product.
Zachary C. on 04/16/2021

Not sure why everybody is raving about this harmonica it sounds like S...

Hohner Special 20
JOHN S. on 04/12/2021 A very good choice for anyone seeking an affordable harmonica, especially a beginner's first harmonica.
Old stand-by
Peter B. on 03/29/2021 Inexpensive, great sound, easy playing.
Great harmonica!
JoAnne J. on 03/26/2021 Very satisfied!
Sounds great
Austin B. on 03/25/2021 If you're wondering if the extra 20 bucks for a Special 20 instead of a Bluesband or something is worth it, it absolutely is. Way easier to play and sounds way better.
harmonica rating
Michael G. on 03/24/2021 very good
Barry S. on 03/11/2021 This is a great product. It fit my needs perfectly.
Not good
Ruth C. on 02/24/2021

Hard to play from the get go Hohner quality seems to be constantly going down 

María C. on 02/22/2021 Excelent
Special 20
Richard D. on 02/17/2021 This is not my first one .I had a set and a few sharps as I like tuning down a half step. I recommend your company
Great product
Larry W. on 02/16/2021 Love the harmonica.........fast shipping.....can't ash for more.
Samantha M. on 02/13/2021 Exactly as expected. Arrived quickly!
Andrew L. on 02/09/2021 Excellent!
Nice nice nice
Steve g. on 01/31/2021 Beautiful sound.
Special 20
Frank K. on 01/27/2021 Great price !!!
Awesome prices
Kenneth E. on 01/19/2021 Awesome service and prices
Great harmonica!
Jack Y. on 01/09/2021 Quick delivery and packaged well. Thanks.
Great set of harps!
Bryan W. on 12/28/2020 Great price for a great harp package!!
Mary D
Mary D. on 12/25/2020 Very satisfied with staff courtesy and order coming in timely matter We have order here before and will continue
Mary D
Mary D. on 12/25/2020 When I call to order it was process with courtesy. I receive them in timely matter We have order from here and we will continue to
great harmonica
mike h. on 12/24/2020 I love my new harmonica.
Great sounding Harp
Catherine S. on 12/21/2020 Love my new harmonica. Now, my granddaughter and I can each play our harmonica together. Sounds great. She loves it. Prompt shipment. Thank you.
Came quick enough
Brandon W. on 12/20/2020 No clue seeing how it's a Christmas gift
Special 20 try out
joe m. on 12/18/2020 I normally play the Hohner Blues Harp or Marine Band harmonicas but had heard a lot of players like the Special 20 so thought I'd give it a try out. It's a Hohner so that's a plus and it plays well. Meaning, it you're new to harmonica the special 20 won't require a lot of practiced technique to get a pretty good sound right out of the gate. I did find it has a little less volume and fullness that the 1896 but all said it is good harp. Back in the day we used to dunk our harps in water to get a more raw, coarse sound but it can take a toll on a pear wood harp but I'm told with the all synthetic comb on the 20 that's not as big an issue.
Good product
Nathan F. on 12/15/2020 Excellent harmonica!
Hohner Special 20, key : C
Tom E. on 12/09/2020 Well pleased with the quality,
Purchased 2 Hohner special 20
Cary K. on 12/08/2020 I am just learning to play the harmonica at age 68. Purchased a Hohner Special 20 and liked it so much that I bought a second one for my grandson to learn to play.
Old Reliable
John H. on 11/16/2020 I've played Hohner Special 20's for years professionally and you can't beat them.
No so good
William S. on 11/05/2020

I bought a Special 20 and a Harmo Polar, the Polar is much better and better priced

Disappointed by the Made in Germany quality

Hohner Special 20 C
Melissa K. on 10/30/2020 I love my new harmonica, I had a Special 20 D & have been wanting a C. The Special 20 is way to play right out of the box and nice & loud. I'm enjoying playing it, as my other harps are rather old & a few notes out of time. Plays great.
So easy
Dennis T. on 10/05/2020 Get the specific harmonica or harmonicas you need
I sent you harmonicas as gifts
Stephanie O. on 08/02/2020 Hello Harmonica land, what a great I idea I had, I think, sending 4 harmonicas to my family , for the parents and grandparents of a new baby. They were very please and will start practicing making lovely in tune sounds.
Quality Harmo
Gary K. on 06/22/2020 now got some practicing to do
No title
James C. on 05/20/2020

I quit playing the harmonica until the Coronavirus pandemic . Since I started spending a lot more time at home I dug out my harmonicas but was missing my G Hohner. Special 20. Since I got your’s it is now my favorite. Thanks.

Beginner Harmonica
Jason M. on 05/18/2020

Harmonica is perfect for starting out. Very good quality and easy to play.

Not so thrilled
Darren H. on 05/11/2020

A bit disappointed by Hohner quality but overall it's still a good model for the price

Hard for beginners
Ge L. on 03/31/2020

Decided to pick up harmonica while shelter-in-place. This piece of instrument is good but I;m not so impressed with the quality build and it's a hard to play for a beginner

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Kevin B. on 03/28/2020 Fast shipping, great price -- you guys have it going on!
Honer Special 20
Mark F. on 03/20/2020 Got the Harmonica in perfect shape! Ship was fast!
1st harmonica
Juan G. on 03/18/2020 The hohner special 20 being my 1st harmonica I can't compare it to others. I can say from the week I've owned it... it's a great harmonica. The special 20's recommended to beginners by professionals and I see now why, nice sound and comfortable to play.
Brian H. on 02/29/2020 Great sound
Brian H. on 02/29/2020 Easy to blow
Hohner Special 20 is good
Rick K. on 02/28/2020 From the moment I blew on it from a few inches away to warm it up the first time, I've been impressed with the sound. It's easy to make those reeds sing. I'm a beginner, so I can't adequately compare it to any other models. I can say this one does not have a cheap feel to it. I like the sound too.
Rock n Roller
Terry H. on 02/13/2020 I had a great experience dealing with Harmonica Land. Great price and I got the harp with in 2 days. I for sure will order again when I need another harp.
Kurt Marjonen
Kurt M. on 01/18/2020 Great little harmonica don't think I could've picked a better one to start with!
Honer Special 20
Lois P. on 01/12/2020 I'm happy with the Honer Special 20 (C)
Lewrence L. on 01/07/2020 Very nice harmonica- I am a new student.
Hohner Special 20
Todd S. on 01/07/2020 Ordered my harmonica and am pleased with the speed of shipment. The harmonica is top quality and sounds good . Look forward to years of use and enjoyment. Cheers.
needed a C
david c. on 01/06/2020 I was given a Hohner auto-valve-harp for Christmas from my grandfather when I was very young ( I am 77+now). the price on the box is 6.25. But it is a Bb and I always wanted a C. Now trying to get my great grandchildren into playing. Needed a C that blew easy.
Christmas Gifts
David A. on 01/05/2020 I out did myself. Harmonicas were a big hit for my sons and grandchildren who received them. Thank You
Special 20
Janice S. on 01/01/2020 Love it!
Mike Luerssen
Michael L. on 12/31/2019 Excellent product and speedy delivery! My son loves these harmonicas!
Cam O. on 12/19/2019 havent given the gift .... so dont know
Very pleased, again...
Edwin G. on 12/19/2019 Excellent harp and, like the Suzuki SCX64, I expected it to be!
Very satisfied!
Raymond N. on 12/12/2019 The harp came in excellent condition and right on time!
Very satisfied!
Raymond N. on 12/12/2019 The harp came in excellent condition and right on time! I'm playing in a small ensemble on Sundays at church and I needed the Key E to play one song this past Sunday.
Bought for gift
Ronnie H. on 12/10/2019 Great prices
Christopher W. on 11/05/2019 Love it.
Christopher W. on 11/05/2019 Love it
Christopher W. on 11/05/2019 I love the Special 20's as a beginner of 5years lol and find they are easier to play in all keys. I have had Hohner Blues harp and Lee Oscar and tried these and have changed out all my Harmonicas to Special 20's.!!
Chris H. on 11/03/2019 Outstanding
Great product!!
Dalaina S. on 10/29/2019 I have ordered my husband three harmonicas from here and he loves them.
good harp
Edwin C. on 10/14/2019 i have not bought a special 20 in maybe 25 years now. They seem to have notes now that you have to blow on at the right angle or you get not much or no sound I though the reeds where blow on a couple notes
not what they use to be
Edwin C. on 10/14/2019 have to blow just right on them to get sound right
some of the reed seem tinny
Edwin C. on 10/14/2019 have to watch how you blow notes on these now
I am trying seydel harps now
Edwin C. on 10/14/2019 I am not completely happy with the new special 20's either they need to break in more of something is wrong with them
Jeff B. on 10/08/2019 nice to buy replacement reeds
Special 20
kevin d. on 10/03/2019 Very nice harmonica. Would not hesitate to buy another one
The best
Larry M. on 10/03/2019 The best place to buy a harmonica in the world. Great prices, and fast...fast....fast delivery
Exactly what I expected
Dennis J. on 09/26/2019 Happy with my special 20.
Sticking Reeds
Darrel B. on 09/11/2019 I am a beginner. I spent some time on a cheap harmonica that came with a "learn to play book". Felt like I was getting the hang of it and upgraded to the Special 20. It seems that the reeds on holes 7,8, and 9 stick at times. The sound is either weak or sometimes nothing at all. When it happens it frustrates me because I don't know for sure if it's me or the harmonica. When this isn't happening though I love it. If you have any suggestions I would appreciate the help.
jonathan k. on 08/28/2019 the harmonica was fine easy to play and in tune
Great service
Steven t. on 08/22/2019 Great service, communication and price.
First harmonica
Marcos E. on 08/12/2019 Great
Special 20 D
yves m. on 08/11/2019 Good product, sending quickly
Special 20 A
yves m. on 08/11/2019 Good product, sending quickly
Mark B. on 08/08/2019 Recommended by instructors and happ ywith it.
The best I had play.
luis O. on 07/19/2019 It travel with me while driving.
Shawn H. on 06/05/2019 I love it I think I chose a great first harmonica
gary l. on 05/20/2019 Great service
Charlie G
Charles G. on 05/18/2019 Plays well..Like the plastic comb better than my old 1949 Marine band wooden
Very Good Harmonica
Efren G. on 05/08/2019 this is great harmonica
Kent from Michigan
kent c. on 04/26/2019 Very happy with the sound .High quality.Will be buying more harmonica s to add to my collection.
Great product
gary l. on 04/23/2019 Very satisfied
big joy for my 12yo son!
Mihnea R. on 01/11/2019 The product come in Romania very fast - considering that was ordered one day before Christmas. we pay as well 15$ custom fee, but life is hard when you don't live in America. And my son is really happy with it (my son is 12 yo and discovered harmonic music :) - wait to see him singing "Mary had a little lamb" :) and... also was happy for receiving as well free lessons coupon code :) Thank you folks from Harmonica Land
sally m. on 12/19/2018 This is a Christmas gift, so have no knowledge of how well it works.
Johnny Ray
John H. on 12/03/2018 The Hohner Special 20 is one of the best harmonicas around. A true professional grade instrument!
Fantastic product and price
matt c. on 11/30/2018 Love it
Excellent product Excellent product!
Joan T. on 11/06/2018 Well satisfied.
I've always loved the Hohner Special 20 Harps
Carl B. on 10/12/2018 The best harp for the money ,
Joel S. on 09/16/2018 This Special 20 blows great straight out of the box. Arrived quickly.
Richard W. on 09/14/2018 Hohner Special 20 arrived in great shape and did not wait long to receive it in the mail.
CR R. on 09/06/2018 Gracias por el envío ya me llegó a costa rica ,excelente producto y de buena calidad y en envío fue rápido y seguro
Best Price Anywhere
bob t. on 08/19/2018 Yikes, GTR CTR want's $48 PLUS TAX, most other places on Ebay are 44, this blows em away. My dad bought Hohners for $4. When I started they were in the $8 to $12 range !!!!!! So $39 is a STEAL LOLOLOLOLOLOL
Super fast delivery, great harp
bob t. on 08/17/2018 thanks, great price
Ned C. on 04/26/2018 I really like the Special 20 G. It plays easy and sounds great. It is the one I carry on my pocket. Great versatility. Once again you have provided me with a great product and your ongoing excellent service.
John F. on 04/21/2018 ----------
Still a happy customer
Ned C. on 03/28/2018 This was my third purchase from Harmonicaland. All have been a great price and the service superior. I plan to continue to do more business with Harmonicaland in the near future.
Beautiful Sound easy to play
Stephen W. on 12/26/2017 one of the best sounding harps ever for the price you can not beat it
Love that Special 20.
Blake S. on 11/27/2017 They sound great and mostly hold up to my Neanderthal alternative garage blues playing style.
Hohner Special 20
Fred N. on 10/24/2017 I've been using them for a long time. Hard to beat the sound and the workmanship.
Still a satisfied customer
Ned C. on 10/17/2017 I received my harmonica promptly and well packed. I like that Harmonicaland ships USPS because of their service and trackability.
Very Happy
Peter B. on 09/22/2017 Just what you want from a product and vendor. The harp is a joy in all aspects. It really makes me sound almost decent! Harmonicaland did every think right. Fair price and supersonic shipping. Highly recommend.
im a faithful follower in the special 20 church
Larry C. on 09/22/2017 The Cadillac of harmonicas
I reed plates
bart g. on 09/22/2017 These are great harmonicas but wish i could get replacement reed plates instead of throwing out the whole harmonica because one reed goes bad
Curt I. on 09/21/2017 ..this harmonica. Will be ordering a Bb soon. Thanks
Decent Harp
Mikey S. on 09/15/2016 Pretty straight forward harmonica, good entry level for a Hohner sound but not their best. I like the Special 20 for amplified Chicago blues playing
Classic Hohner Sound
Henry J. on 03/15/2016 I like the Special 20 to play blues rock tunes with my band not so much for acoustic though. Thank you for the Fast shipping !
Classic Hohner Sound
Henry J. on 03/15/2016 I like the Special 20 to play blues rock tunes with my band not so much for acoustic though. Thank you for the Fast shipping !

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