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Hohner 560 Special 20 with Free Hohner zip up pouch and free USA Shipping


(Quantity discounts available)

Manufacturer: Hohner

Product Information

Comes in 12 standard keys plus HG   


Features Hohner's durable plastic comb with recessed reed plates for playing comfort. The stable, airtight construction and full sound make the Special 20 one of the most popular diatonic models.

Awesome response, superior bendability and the sweetest tone ever. This harp is the first choice for those learning to play. Recommended go-to harp for harmonica players of any style, including blues, country, folk or rock. The plastic comb doesn’t absorb moisture making it longer lasting. Harp of choice of harmonica virtuoso John Popper (of Blues Traveler) and played by Bob Dylan on his 2007/08 tour. Chances are your favorite player has several of these harps in his case.

Reeds: 20
Reedplates: Brass; 0.9 mm
Comb: Plastic
Length in cm: approx. 10.0

The workhorse harmonica for over 40 years!

The New Standard.

Response, superior bending, and a rich tone are all unique qualities of the Special 20.  Featuring a durable, airtight, plastic comb, it has become the harmonica of choice for musicians that enjoy a wide variety of genres from country and folk, to rhythm and blues.  Available in 12 major keys as well as a special Country Tuning, which features a major 7th when played in the cross harp position.


  • German craftsmanship provides superior response, bendability and tone
  • Precision molded plastic comb for unmatched comfort and durability
  • Recessed reed plates and airtight designfor consistently excellent performance


item name Special 20 Classic
type diatonic
Key 12 standard
tuning Richter
Number of holes 10
Reeds 20 brass
Cover surface stainless steel
Reed plates 0,9 mm brass
Reed plate surface brass
Mouthpiece surface ABS
Comb ABS, black
Length 10 cm
Tuning chart
Blow C4 E4 G4 C5 E5 G5 C6 E6 G6 C7
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Draw D4 G4 B(H)4 D5 F5 A5 B(H)5 D6 F6 A6

Please read this note from Hohner: 

  • Hohner Progressive Cover Plates: Ron, There is no difference between a Special 20 or Golden Melody stamped Progressive and a Special 20 or Golden Melody not stamped Progressive. The Progressive line is simply a re-categorization to make the differences in features of our 10-hole diatonic harmonicas more apparent. Categories are: Marine Band = Classic, Deluxe, Crossover, Thunderbird Progressive = Special 20, Golden Melody, Rocket MS = Blues Harp, Big River Harp, Blue Midnight Enthusiast = BluesBand, Old Standby, Blues Bender, American Ace, Pocket Pal, Hot Metal So a Special 20 stamped Progressive is no different than any other Special 20. Therefore we will continue to sell the old cover plates until they run out without changing our distribution. I do not know how long that will take. My opinion is it is safe to say we will run out by the end of the year on popular keys. Bill Bucco Reed Instrument Service Manager | HOHNER, Inc.
  • Regarding reed plates: Bill Bucco from Hohner writes:

    The Rocket Reed plates fit the Special 20 also. Both old and new Special 20s. It is, and always has been the same reed plate, save for the modification to include two cover plate holes to accommodate the Rocket. You need TM99200  reed plate screws however, with the newly modified plates. RockinRons carries the TM99200 reed plate screws

  • UPDATE. Some of our new Progressive marked Special 20's have come in with original non progressive reed plates. Questions? Ask Hohner. We order weekly and sell what they send us.

Product Code: 560pbx

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3+ $43.00
5+ $42.00

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