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Hohner Koch Harmonica, Key of C

by HOHNER

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  • Plays 2 and 1/2 octaves
  • 40 Brass reeds
  • Wood body
  • Diatonic Marine Band type tuning
  • Comes with carrying case
  • 40 Brass reeds, Wood body
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0002GWKUA
  • Item model number: 980-C
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,020 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 4, 2007

Product Description

The #980 Koch harmonica is similar to a normally tuned chromatic, but has the same tuning as a diatonic with the slide out which allows full chording in the first three holes

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

106 of 107 people found the following review helpful By chimera68 on May 9, 2005
Howdy! As the owner of a Koch Chromatic harmonica, I thought I'd share some helpful information about this interesting musical instrument. This harmonica is a chromatic-style, with the slide button, which raises the pitch of the note one-half step upward. Any note you play will be raised one-half step when the button is pushed, whether you are blowing or drawing on that particular hole. This allows for chromatic playing, of a full octave of 12 notes. Now....the difference between a Koch Chromatic harmonica, and other models of Hohner Chromatic harmonicas is this....A Koch has its notes arranged in the same pattern as a standard 10 hole diatonic harmonica. If you are familiar with these, such as the Marine Band, the Special 20, and all other 10 hole diatonics, you will already know that holes 1, 2, and 3 are the low notes of an incomplete diatonic (7 note do-re-mi-fa-so-la-ti-do) scale, and holes 4, 5, 6, 7, are a complete 7 note diatonic scale, and holes 8, 9, and 10 are the high notes of another incomplete scale. This note arrangement is called the Richter System of tuning and has been in use since harmonicas were invented in the 1800's. It has that traditional sound and allows for the "oom-pah" vintage style of playing with chords accompanying the melody notes of the song, as well as the later style of bending notes as used for the blues and country music. So really what a Koch Chromatic is, is two diatonic harmonicas combined into one, if the one you buy is in the key of "C", then you will actually have two harmonicas, one in "C" and one in "C sharp", or also called "D flat" not meaning to be confusing. You will be able to play one whole complete chromatic octave of 12 notes on holes 4, 5, 6, and 7.Read more ›
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A TKD player on August 24, 2012
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I've been with diatonics and other styles (octave,tremolo)for a long time,but never tried any chromatic until this year 2012.The reasons:1_I always believe in the simplicity yet charming and wonderous of a diatonic and what you can do with it,and once they put a button-slide on to offer completion,I would think of an accordion for a "better" completion. 2_I was not sure if I like to handle a chromatic with the right hand busy on the button and so less manipulation. 3_Chromatic is pricey for "just give a try" and quite a few players complain about the reeds,the windsavers...on some Hohners,the off-tuned or mute,dead holes on some Suzukis...etc. Recently I have read the review of Mr. Chimera68_that is very educational and I greatly appriciate it_and decided to buy one Hohner Koch Harmonica key of G,and within a month another one in key of C.Both of them work great: volume sounding,well-tuned reeds,smooth slide,play the same way as a diatonic.There are songs that transition between major and minor and you need two diatonics to play them.For example,I play "Come back to Sorrento" with an A-major and an A-harmonic-minor hold between thumb,index and middle finger of left hand and use right hand to " wah...wah" as I please.Now I can play the song with one chromatic (only 1-hour practice),and I don't really like it yet (still love my old way),but I know I've just made progress anyway.Considering the qualities of this piece and its price,it's probabaly the best choice if you want to try a chromatic for the first time.But you need to know what you really want first.Good luck.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bear on November 2, 2012
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Upon trying out this harmonica, I immediately detect a problem on the very first reed. As if it were stuck. Sounded like a cow in labor. I contacted the seller, "Total Music Source" and they have been great! They emailed a label enabling me to mail it back at no cost to me, and obliged my request that the harp be repaired. It is currently back in Germany for repair. No fault of the seller. I believe the problem may be quality review (or lack thereof) at the Hohner factory. This is the 2nd Hohner chromatic that I have ordered that had the same problem. The first one was not from the same seller, by the way. That first one, I returned for full refund. I believe the situation will be resolved successfully by the Total Music Sourse team.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jzskins on November 2, 2010
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I bought this for my 5 year old grandson-to see if he has an ear for picking out tunes. It was easy for him to learn to play and all of the notes blow true. The chromatic scale runs from about A in the middle C scale up to the next A, so it has a rather tenor sound and makes it hard to play blues riffs. Otherwise, it is a fine instrument.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Al on January 12, 2013
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I purchased this for my adult son who plays harmonica and was interested in learning on a Chromatic. He had it for maybe two weeks and the slide broke. It gets stuck in both positions. He he considering whether he wants to replace it or just get an entirely different harmonica.
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By Shantamay on July 27, 2013
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This is real wonder. So perfect tuning and well set.. Real marvel in itself.. Am just happy.. only the import duty charge is very high..
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By sean okamoto on March 25, 2013
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the lower notes on this harmonica didn't play well and if I'm payuing a lot of money for a harmomnica I want all the notes to play. But amazons return policy was awesome.
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