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118 posts
Jan 29, 2019
10:38 PM
I have some Hohner 270s with the square mouthpieces. I also own the 270 Deluxe with the rounded mouthpiece. I want to change the square mouth pieces with round ones, but when I go to the Hohner parts website, they're on back order. It's been literally months, & still no arrivals. Do they still even make them anymore? I'm almost getting the impression Hohner wants you to buy the actual 270 Deluxe so you can run a swap. I hope my assumptions are wrong. Anyone else in the same predicament?
5793 posts
Jan 30, 2019
1:03 AM
Are you in North America?
They seem to be available in the German Store. Just over €32

I have to do some shopping there soon. I want a comb for my 260 and s new mouthpiece for my prewar 270. I could order for you but it’s a long way around from Australia. You’d probably find a dealer in Europe who would sell to you
3560 posts
Jan 30, 2019
8:34 AM
If you are in the USA, the European site will not sell ANYTHING to you at all. Most retail websites won't sell parts at all. The 270 Deluxe mouthpiece will easily fit on the standard 270 and many years ago, I had a few that were custom made for me that were from stockpiled straight tuned 280 parts and set up by a retired machinist who was a chromatic harp player but that was over 25 years ago.
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1898 posts
Jan 30, 2019
9:30 AM
Hering 12 hole mouthpieces fit on 270s, too!

You would likely need to use the 270 screws, as the screws are different for the wooden combed 270 and the plastic combed Hering. I did this temporarily in the past when a Hering reed had failed.

I wish I had a source of Hering mouthpieces for my 4 270s. In my opinion the 270s were much improved using a Hering mouthpiece assembly.

If anyone has some dead Hering 12 hole chromatics that have failed reeds, I would buy them for parts!

Doug S.
5794 posts
Jan 30, 2019
10:54 AM
I know North Americans are unable to shop with Hohner Germany, but there are some suppliers in Europe, the UK especially (I can think of 2) who repackage and on-sell. Or you may be able to strike a private deal. I’ve managed to obtain things from USA this way, when the primary seller refused to export
1415 posts
Jan 30, 2019
12:47 PM
I have often said that Hohner is not a "Parts Friendly" Company. Clearley, they would rather you purchase a complete new harmonica than the parts to repair your harp. The pricing on their parts makes that patently obvious. That said, since they moved to Nashville a couple of years ago, their service has been excellent. I am a Hohner Dealer and buy a lot of harps from them and occassionally parts. I can't speak about the chromatic side of the operation, but they have been taking excellent care of me.
Tom Halchak
Blue Moon Harmonicas
Blue Moon Harmonicas
5798 posts
Jan 30, 2019
1:25 PM
I’ve always found their reeds etc very well-priced compared to their competitors. I get 5 for less than the price of 3 elsewhere, and I always get what I order, with minimum postage at 1/3 the price of minimum charge from the competitorfrom the same country.

Plus I’ve never had a call from their CEO to tell me that it doesn’t matter that the description of the thing on their website is quite different to the thing supplied.
I like that in a company.

I think, Tom, that yours is the first positive review of the Nashville operation I’ve ever seen. I’m used to seeing complaints about unavailable parts and slow supply. To which I’m always contrasting my experience with the German business which has never been short of excellent.

And then there’s the other German harmonica business for which I see nothing but praise coming from North America, while my experience with Germany has been unremarkable apart from the occasional infuriating episode.
1418 posts
Feb 02, 2019
10:15 AM
SuperBee - the guys who complain about Hohner's service are probably the same guys who are saying that Hohner's quality control sucks. They are way behind the times. They are stuck in the 80's on quality control and stuck in 2016 on service. Most of these guys have no direct personal experience and are simply re-stating what someone else posted years ago. When Hohner relocated from Richmond, VA to Nashville, it was a nightmare for about 3-4 months. Since then, it has been as smooth as glass. Nothing short of superior service. If anyone out there in the US needs a stock Hohner and is having a hard time getting his hands on one, just let me know. I can get it for you quickly - assuming it is in stock in Nashville.
Tom Halchak
Blue Moon Harmonicas
Blue Moon Harmonicas
183 posts
Feb 02, 2019
5:35 PM
Hohner can be a real pain to deal with for those of us in North America.
If one searches the C shop in Germany/ EU many parts and services are available, they aren’t even listed on the North American side (mostly chromatic parts and parts for old discontinued models, also tuning services). On a couple occasions I’ve been able to get Hohner Germany to send me stuff, but only after much correspondence. It’s been a while since I have tried though and I hope you are correct about the improvement since the move to Nashville.
5804 posts
Feb 02, 2019
7:37 PM
Jeff(?) Wilson in Canada seems to have a line on getting stuff from Europe. John Cook in the UK will on-sell and there is another retailer in the UK who will obtain stuff from Germany and on-sell. I expect you will pay at least a handling charge for this.

I would be happy to act in that capacity but I’m in a less than ideal location for it here down under downunder. If anyone is really stuck though, I’m happy to help for no greater cost than not being out of pocket. I have the advantage of being totally trustworthy whatever my other failings.
229 posts
Feb 03, 2019
1:36 PM
You mentioned needing a new comb for your 260. Might check the Brendan Power site to see what he has in ABS combs. George Miklas recommended and put one of Brendan's Extreme combs in an old Koch 10-hole slider I bought on eBay and it lived up to its claim of cutting air leakage and improving playability.

I will caution you that despite the quality upgrade, the BP comb still doesn't make me sound like Little Walter when I play "Oh Baby"
5807 posts
Feb 03, 2019
6:46 PM
BnT, i am considering the Powercomb for the 260. i have installed them in both my 270s

my partner is not very complimentary about my chromatic playing. she says 'that sounds like you in 20 years'

maybe she was critical of my song choice, which was mainly a training exercise and pretty basic, lacking in emotional 'fire'.

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