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Hohner Big River Harmonica, Key of C

by HOHNER

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Item Weight9 g
Product Dimensions21.6 x 13.3 x 3.5 cm
Item model number590BX-C
  
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ASINB007IE5UT2
Best Sellers Rank 56,996 in Musical Instruments (See top 100)
Shipping Weight91 g
Date First Available10 Aug. 2010
  
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Big River Harp (#590) - Whether you?re playing down home melodies on your back porch or fronting a blues band, the Big River Harp is harmonica enough to get the job done. This reliable workhorse offers our highest standard of German quality at a more affordable price. Featuring a 10-hole, air tight plastic body and an open ended cover for sound projection, this harp really delivers. Available in keys from Low D to High G

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By rd on 14 Dec. 2011
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Perfect for my nephew - he played it for hour after hour! Worth the price. Nothing else to say. I need to continue waffling for this review to be accepted as too short!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Big River Harp -- Love It 11 Mar. 2011
By Brian Robertson - Published on Amazon.com
I read around on the Big River Harp and have to say, I was a little reluctant. I went ahead and bought one to fill a need I had to replace a G, and I have to admit I love it. Now, harps are like one of the most individualized instrument out there -- we can all agree that some of the really cheap harps are tough to blow and don't sound right. The more expensive ones, of which the Big River is neither low rent nor high rent, it's going to depend on what your heart and ears tell you. For myself, it seems to be wonderful for country style blues with a nice full down and extremely responsive. I haven't done the dirty mic electric band thing yet but don't see how it would be different.

To my ears, I'd give it a shot. God knows it beats the Blues Harp (which is mushy and weak to me) and the Special 20 which I do enjoy the feel of but seem to lean toward the Big River tone/sound more solidly. Again, don't let anybody tell you, find out if it hits the sweet spot for you.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Good tone, so-so playability 19 April 2011
By Clay M. Capps - Published on Amazon.com
First of all, this is a really unique harp price wise, being one of the VERY few between about five and about twenty five dollars, and the quality seems to me to reflect this. I love the clear, bold tone of this harmonica. I could see it really being a favorite with someone who only plays straight harp with no bends. For the majority of players who either bend notes or want to learn how to, however, the Special 20 is MUCH more responsive. This goes for other articulations and vibrato as well. The Big River was actually my first harmonica, and I was blown away with how effortless draw and even blow bends later seemed when I tried out the Special 20 (and I've had similar luck with some Suzukis). Now that I have more skill, I can make it work, but its so much MORE work I usually just use it as training aid to make going back to my 20's seem like a breeze again!

On the whole, if you're a beginner who wants to play blues or country, I would strongly suggest holding out for a Special 20 or Suzuki Pro Harp. C'mon, its only another $10. You'll be much happier. If you're a more experienced harmonica player who needs a brighter, more ringing tone, you might want to check this out; just be aware there is a difference in response you're going to have to navigate.

One last thing to consider: these (along with other MS series such as the blues harps) are a tad bit longer and thicker than the 20's/Marine bands. This means they won't fit in some multi harp cases, like the one that comes with the Piedmont harps (the case is worth the cost of that set and the main reason I bought it). On the other hand, the individual case they are sold in is slimmer and more secure than the bulky 20/Marine Band cases. You win some, you lose some...
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Loyal Sound, Great Price. 24 May 2013
By Courtney Ellis - Published on Amazon.com
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After having all of my high end harmonicas stolen, this little guy produced a very welcome sound. Its not smooth like liquid gold; its rough like a freight train collided with a lone blues voice singing about how it is. It puts out that classic harmonica sound you hear in old prison movies. I definitely recommend this harmonica for beginners, travelers, street performers, old and young alike.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
sounds wonderful 18 Jan. 2013
By Stephanie - Published on Amazon.com
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the harmonica met my expectations. its a great beginning harmonica. easy to play and sounds great! definitely would recommend it!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
big river is great 25 Mar. 2013
By Loretta - Published on Amazon.com
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sound is excellent. i would recommend to anyone if they are in need of a harmonica. my instructor recommended big river glad he did.
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