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Hohner's Blue Midnight Harmonica

Named after the landmark blues instrumental “Blue Midnight” by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member “Little Walter” Jacobs, which exhibited mastery of tonal possibilities, powerful dynamics and evocative note bending, this new model, value-priced between the Big River and the Blues Harp, offers all the tools for the blues masters of today and tomorrow.

With a trademark blue plastic comb that offers a comfortable mouthpiece for ease of playing and a durable material that will never swell, the Blue Midnight offers high performance and lasting value. Stainless steel cover plates with wide open back ends and closed side vents similar to the heralded Blues Harp covers allow for maximum volume and a tone that can alternate between sweet and ornery. Assembled with two single screws, the cover plates are easily removable for customization of reed gapping and set up.

Setting this harp apart is a custom “Chicago style” tuning from Hohner’s vaults. Offering strong chords that vintage blues requires as well as melodic single notes, this singular tuning will ring true for the blues faithful and allow for free expression for the more modern boundary pusher.

Available January 31, 2011, the Blue Midnight comes in seven keys (A, Bb, C, D, E, F, and G) and will be priced at $37.00 MSRP with a MAP of $27.99.

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Tim Hemingway

I want to be a rockstar when I grow up, at least that is what I have been putting down as my career goal ever since I was first introduced to the Beatles at 11 or 12 years old. Shortly after my introduction to the Fab Four, I picked up an old classical guitar and started learning every Beatles song I could. It was right around that time that the nickname "GuitarGuy" Tim originated. While I don't remember the exact origin, it was basically how kids at school differentiated me from the other 4 or 5 Tims in our class. Starting in Jr. High, with an arsenal of Weezer and Green Day covers, my friends and I began "performing". Over the next 10 years I played guitar or bass in various alternative, punk and acoustic bands. Somewhere mid-way through college I realized that although I had the desire to be a rockstar, maybe I didn't have the songwriting abilities, so I moved my passion for music behind the console. I then spent several years working in a studio by day, and at night running everything from local concerts to community musicals. Without all of the boring details, my studio work eventually led me into advertising and marketing which is what I now do during the day. But when I come home at night, I still pull out my guitar and put on concerts for my kiddos (I’m raising up the next generation of Guitar Gods). I met up with the Rev while I was in grad school and was working on my thesis: Turn it up to Eleven: A Study of Guitar Hero and Rockband gamers. Why they play and how marketers can use this information. Yes, it is true. I have several academic publications about Guitar Hero. At that time in my life I had decided to pursue a career in marketing within the music industry, but the Rev had a better idea. He gave me a shot at reviewing gear, and ever since then I have been a regular here as part of the Live2playNetwork dysfunctional-family. When it comes to music, I'm a jack of all trades. While I'm not an expert at anything, in a pinch I can play guitar, bass, drums, sing, or I can mic up the drum kit, edit in Pro Tools, or solder up a new patch cable.

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