Special 20 Classic

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 recording artist John Popper (Blues Traveler), as well as 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.

Features

  • 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

Specifications

item nameSpecial 20 Classic
typediatonic
Key
tuning
Number of holes10
Reeds20 brass
Cover surfacestainless steel
Reed plates0,9 mm brass
Reed plate surfacebrass
Mouthpiece surfaceABS
CombABS, black
Length10 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

Testimonials Special 20 Classic

I prefer HOHNER harmonicas because they have a very special sound like the crossover and the special 20. They sound more serious.
Natascha Seara

Harmonica has been my lifestyle. I got my first HOHNER BLUESHARP for my fourteenth birthday and it has accompanied me from my first days of playing on the streets. My personal favorites are the MARINE BAND DELUXE and the SPECIAL 20.
Malcolm Arison aka Hank Williamson

"The Special 20 is truly my "workhorse" and I've been playing them since Hohner brought them out! The plastic comb and tight fitting covers, and crisp tone make the Special 20 my "go to" diatonic harp."
Mick Seretny

I play mainly on the model Hohner Special 20. It is an instrument that responds very well to a strong attack of the notes which allows to combine speed and fluidity while retaining a significant volume. Moreover, overblows are very easy to get on this model (even without additional adjustment). Finally, the plastic comb slightly overfill the covers and make it a particularly comfortable instrument, ideal for tongue blocking and play octaves.
Charles Pasi

With country tuned (Special 20s), I was able to play more melodies, whether that be jazz, standard tunes, country, or gospel..."
Phil Duncan

The Special 20 is my harmonica of choice. The compromise tuning is good for the single not playing that I do and they're very good for doing the traditional music of Ireland.
James Conway

Artists known for their Special 20 Classic music

DELTA SONICS - Chicago Blues, West Coast Swing, New Orleans R&B, Rock n' Roll
One of the most Iconic Artists of Music History
Funk, Soul, Rock
Gospel & Blues
A Lady of the Blues
Americana, Rock
Celtic, Folk and Country Blues
Country
Rock & Pop
THE BOSSHOSS - Country Rock
WILLIE NELSON - Country
A7 - Blues
Folk, Jazz, Blues, Bluegrass, Classical, Celtic, Patriotic, and Gospel
West Coast Blues, Soul, Proto-Rock & Roll and Ska
Blues, Folk, Country, Pop, Bluegrass
JUKES BOOGIE TRIO - Swing, Jump & Boogie