Hohner 280-C 64 Chromonica
Play The Legend!
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The chromatic harmonica was revolutionary when it was first released over 100 years ago and its unmistakable sound has helped define jazz, blues, pop and classical music ever since its inception. Today, the Hohner Chromonica is still the blueprint for all modern chromatic harmonicas.
Its unique sound can be both soft and powerful, equally capable of haunting melodies as well as searing jazz licks. Our Chromonica Series embodies the spirit which inspired Hohner to create the original and is perfect for both beginners and advanced players who are looking for the feel and dynamics of great artists such as Larry Adler or Toots Thielemans.
When it came on the market in 1938, the 64 Chromonica was the first chromatic to boast a range of over four octaves. Thanks to the additional bottom octave, it took the tonal range of the harmonica into registers where it had never before been heard, as well as brought many pieces from the classical repertoire within the reach of the instrument.
It also enabled the eerie, deep-toned growl and full chords of amplified chromatic harp which swiftly became an integral part of the blues tradition, a sound which lives on to this day. It defined the industry standard for professional quality 4 octave chromatics and has gone on to inspire generations of players in blues, soul, jazz and classical music.
Whether you play alone or in a band, if you’re looking for a real workhorse 64 chromatic it’s still your best bet.
- Reed plates (material, thickness): brass, 1.05 mm
- Reed plates (surface): brass
- Reeds (number, material): 48, brass
- Comb (material, color): ABS, black
- Comb (finish): ABS
- Mouthpiece (surface): brass, nickel-plated
- Cover plates: stainless steel
- Slide construction: zigzag
- Keys: C
- Type: chromatic
- Tuning: solo tuning
- Number of holes: 16
- Tonal range: 4 octaves, C3 – D7
- Length: 19.3 cm / 7.6"
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