The 64 Chromonica is preferred by professionals and semi-professionals for it's excellent reed response. A classic in the chromatic harmonica series, the Hohner Chromonica 64 Harmonica covers a complete 4-octave range starting one octave below middle C. Tone and performance capabilities are outstanding, the Chromonica 64 is aided by special wind-saving valves and airtight, machine screw assembly. It features an extra octave in the lower register (below middle C), which makes it possible to play advanced repertoire.
Chromatic harmonicas enable the player to perform music in all keys on one instrument. Actually they consist of two diatonic harmonicas in one, tuned a semitone apart - for example in C and C#. The slide button is pushed in to switch the airflow from one to the other, thus raising the pitch of each note by a semitone. By combining these two scales, all 12 notes of the chromatic scale are available (some of them twice), which opens up a wealth of new musical options to the player. Chromatic harmonicas can easily be distinguished from other harmonica models by the slide button on the right hand side. They are most commonly heard in classical music and jazz, but are also often used in blues, folk music and pop. All chromatic harmonicas feature tempered tuning.
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