Hering Special 48 Chromatic Harmonica Review

When it comes to choosing a harmonica, the Signature Model Special 48 Chromatic by Hering has to be first choice. This harmonica offers high quality performance at all times, is available in whichever key you are looking for, great construction, and has replacement parts available for it. The harmonica of choice, by many great blues players, has qualities that should endear it as first choice to all harmonica players. The staple harmonica by Hering is the 5148 Chromatic, but this Special 48 Chromatic Harmonica by Hering has to be considered the luxury model.

The Hering 48 Chromatic Harmonicas are straight tuned harps with excellent air tightness, superb responsiveness, impressive volume and projection, astounding bendability (softer reeds) and tone, and easily played. AND amazingly, temperature differences do not interfere with this harp’s beautiful sound. I really like the confidence this harmonica instills in you that no matter what the weather and temperature conditions, you can depend on always achieving consistent sounds.

Available in eleven different keys; A, Bb, B, C, Db, D, Eb, E, F, F#, and G, this three octave, 48 reed, 12 hole chromatic will definitely meet your needs for a harmonica. The clear acrylic body with thick chrome plated reed plates features an all screw assembly. Replacement reed plate combinations are available. This chromatic has the super smooth slide assembly that Hering is famous for. I find that as long as I clean the slide assembly every day or two, valve problems are a thing of the past, or at least something that happens extremely seldom. Of course, how often this chromatic needs cleaned depends on the player and how often they play. At my house, music is played daily or at least nightly.

After playing or even hearing a Hering 48 Chromatic Harmonica played, one becomes attached to the rich high quality tones of this harp. The easy playability, the variety of keys available, the light weight sturdy construction and the easy cleaning, all contribute to making this a top preference for harp players and Hering’s Signature Harmonica. Whether playing on a stage with a band, by a campfire, in your vehicle, on horseback on a trail, or in your living room, the sound is consistent, true, and melodious. After playing the Special 48 Chromatic, it will be hard to be satisfied with any other harp.

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  1. Jason

    I have this harmonica and I love it. The tone is great. It’s a really well made and for the price you can’t beat it. I actually own 2, one in C and another in D. I would recommend this harmonica to anyone wanting a good chromatic but not wanting to drop a lot of cash. I bid for my second one on eBay and walked away with it for like $140.

  2. Lou Halpern

    Where to buy Hering #5148 reed plates in all Keys when needed. I find no little difference between this and the
    #7148. Thank you. Lou H.

  3. lou halpern

    I am looking to buy Hering chromatic reed plate combosin key of G and low C Baritono.
    Harp Depot, who was my supplier in all keys no longer does business with Hering.
    I play with a Jazz band and also solo semi clasical music.
    Any suggestions and ideas will be most appreciated.
    I would be happy to corespond with a kindred soul.
    Lou Halpern

  4. Sanjeev Jambhekar

    Pl. let me know the ‘Durability & Tonal quality as compared with Hohner 270/48 & also Price in Indian currency.

    Thanks & regards

    Sanjeev M.Jambhekar

  5. Lee Turner

    I have been playing harmonicas for 75 years starting in 1938 with Hohner Marine Bands, which could be purchased for $1.00. I graduated to Hohner 270s as soon as I figured out they were
    the easiest way to play sharps and flats. I recently changed to replacing my harmonicas with Herring reedplate combos, which are superior to Hohner instruments because they have plastic combs, which don’t crack and warp like the Hohner Pearwood wood combs do. The plastic valves on the Herring replacements seem to last longer that the Hohner valves. I was tickled pink when the Herring combos came on the market, which essentially reduced the cost of repairing by 50%.

  6. Brian McGloughlin

    Quick query…
    I’ve got four Lee Oskar Tombo diatonics in A, C, D and G, for solo’s in a pub session and I’m looking at getting a chromatic for doing tunes too. Looked at Hering 5148, but saw a baritone version of this too, but have found no description of how low the notes go and if the 5148 is less mellow than other similar ones, would the baritone one address this issue?
    Anyone shedding a bit of light on this one would be appreciated.

  7. Tom Hesom

    Do you have a Hering Chromatic Special 48 (12 hole) in key of D
    If so at what price?
    Would you ship free to an address in North Dakota?

  8. Tony Jukes

    I notice that the review was posted in 2009. I used to prefer Herings to other chromatics – good tone, very responsive, good volume when playing accoustic sessions. BUT Hering went into decline a few years ago. New chromatics and parts were difficult to get hold of here in the UK and when I did finally manage to track down a couple they weren’t air tight, tone and responsiveness were poor and they weren’t a patch on the Herings I had previously enjoyed playing. So I’d be interested in any comments from people who have purchased Hering Special 48 or 5148 chromatics in the past 12 months. Thanks

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