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The Royal Treatment

Hohner artists cover a lot of musical territory.  From Steven Tyler to Stevie Wonder, every performer has a unique expression that can't be realized in an off-the-shelf instrument.  So when a professional player requests a new batch of harmonicas, we add a final step before shipping -- our world class technicians personally inspect each harmonica and fine tune them to match the artist‘s style.

Now you can get the same royal treatment: the harmonica of your choice in the style you want, set up by an expert.  

Simply choose from one of our available models.   Then specify the style that matches your own musical vision.


** Artist setups modify playing action and notation characteristics only.  If you wish to make cosmetic or design changes to your harmonica, please contact a Hohner Affiliated Customizer http://us.playhohner.com/service/hohner-service/hohner-affiliated-customizers/


Choose from these artist styles:

The Troubadour

You have something to say, so you write a song.  With your guitar over your shoulder and your harmonica around your neck, you sing the gospel of the common people.

  • Acoustic folk and Americana styles, similar to setups for Bob Dylan and Neil Young.
  • Exclusive tuning enhances chord sweetness.
  • Primarily for straight (1st) and 12th positions.
  • Reeds adjusted for easy breath pressure and smooth, light response.
  • A=442.
  • Half valving (optional) available for $20.

Listen to the Troubadour sound:


The Boss

You're out in front.  Backed by a rock solid rhythm section, you announce your next tune with an intense lead lick.  You take the first solo.

  • Rock and blues rock, similar to setups for Bruce Springsteen, Steven Tyler and John Popper.
  • Standard MS tuning.
  • Slightly sharper tuning for increased bright tone, excellent response when playing chords or single notes at high volumes.
  • Sounds great in 3rd position.
  • A=443.
  • Half valving (optional) available for $20.

Listen to the Boss sound:


The Juke Joint

With a tip of your hat to the old traditions, you raise the roof with your rowdy, electrified blues.

  • Plugged in, high energy blues, similar to setups for Kim Wilson and Little Walter.
  • Classic Marine Band tuning.
  • Reed gaps optimized for easy note bending and playing through an amplifier.
  • A=441.
  • Half valving (optional) available for $20.

Listen to the Juke Joint sound:


The Biscuit 

You paid your dues and now you are a master of the old ways.  

  • Traditional acoustic blues, in the style of Sonny Terry and Sonny Boy Williamson.  
  • Classic pre-war tuning - 7 limit just intonation.
  • Designed primarily for 2nd position (cross harp) playing.
  • Enhanced for blending and balance in acoustic and small group settings.
  • A=440.
  • Half valving (optional) available for $20.

Listen to the Biscuit sound:


The Dirt Road

From the back porch to the stage, you touch the hearts of your audience with straightforward country and gospel sounds.  

  • Country and gospel styles, simlar to setups for Johnny Cash, Charlie McCoy and Mickey Raphael.
  • Modern compromise tuning (as featured in the Marine Band Crossover) emphasizes melodic expression across the entire note range while delivering a full chord sound.
  • A=441.
  • Country tuning (optional) available for $12 / Half valving (optional) available for $20.

Listen to the Dirt Road sound:


The Instrumentalist

Your instrument is your voice, and your harp playing is an art form, transcending all musical situations.

  • Designed for across-the-board genre versitility, simlar in style to Howard Levy.
  • Equal tempered tuning, utilizes Golden Melody tuning standards.
  • Facilitates modern chromatic techniques on a diatonic instrument.
  • Blends well in ensemble situations.
  • A=441.
  • Country tuning (optional) available for $12 / Half valving (optional) available for $20.

Listen to the Instrumentalist sound:

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