Who Says You Can’t Play Blues On A Chromatic?


This performance delighted us.

We know Rhapsody In Blue is often considered high-minded, academic, cultural and classical.  It’s nowhere near the gritty dives on the other side of town where deep, electric blues resides.

We know that Larry Adler did it before and his performance remains the benchmark for this sort of thing.

But man these chromatic licks are sweet.  This boy can play.

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Harmonica Repair and Tuning Basics-Hohner Service Set

It’s been said that nothing compares to the satisfaction of a job well done. Unless you add having oodles of fun, challenging yourself, increasing your manual dexterity, and learning the fundamentals of harmonica tuning and repair with the Hohner Service Set.

HOHNER partners with harmonica enthusiasts everywhere by offering a set of tools to perform maintenance on diatonic blues and chromatic harmonicas. Whether you’re curious and just getting started or skilled at harmonica repair, this set contains tools for the five basic harmonica service functions.

Hohner Service Set


The ingredients of the Hohner Service Set include-

  • Reed tuning scraper for lowering reed pitch
  • Reed lifting blade with reed wrench for centering and offsetting reeds
  • Hook tool for tuning reeds located on the inside (blow) reed plates
  • Fine tuning file for tuning reeds and true-squaring reeds
  • Reversible screw driver with a straight slot and a pozidrive tip for cover plate screws and reed plate screws
  • Tube of valve glue for sticking the wind savers in place on the reed plate
  • Complete set of wind saver valves for chromatic harmonicas
  • Cleaning cloth for cleaning cover plates and mouthpiece
  • Slide lubricant

The set comes in a nifty, space-saving nylon case/folio with a Velcro closure and a carrying strap.

Purchase the Hohner Service Set and begin channeling your inner harmonica service technician today.





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How To Adjust Your Harmonica Reeds To Your Personal Playing Style

Get in tune with your personal playing style…


A harmonica player named Walter approached a Hohner technician at a recent road show. He had a Blues Harp in new condition but the draw reeds made no sound. The technician tried the harmonica and the reeds played smooth, clear and effortless throughout. Puzzled, the tech handed the harmonica back to Walter and asked for a demonstration. Walter wailed away, attacking the reeds with very hard pressure and restricted throat muscles. Under such aggressive technique the reeds could not initiate — they were being choked.

The tech mentioned to Walter that an easier blowing technique would result in a more consistent sound. “I don’t know about technique and stuff,” Walter said, “I just know my harmonica shouldn’t be like this. It should respond to me.”

For the player, response is a term used to describe how quickly and effortlessly a reed sounds when air (breath) has been introduced. If the…

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