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Hohner 1896 Marine Band Includes free USA Shipping


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5.0 average, based on 4 reviews

Manufacturer: Hohner

Product Information

The Marine Band Diatonic Harmonica is internationally recognized by players for its simple beauty and resonant tone.
This is probably the most famous harmonica in the world.
The pearwood body, solid brass plates and patented cover design produce a musical quality that, when first heard in 1896, brought the Marine Band immediate popularity.
The One, The Only, The Original.
The Marine Band is the original blues harmonica. Today it is still manufactured in much the same way as when it was first introduced in 1896. Its uniquely authentic sound has defined the role of the harmonica in the blues tradition and made it the benchmark by which all others are judged.
The archetypal blues harmonica with the traditional HOHNER tuning.
  • Over 100 years of harmonica tradition and German craftsmanship
  • The standard by which all other harmonicas are judged
  • #1 choice of professionals worldwide
  • Sealed wood comb to prevent shrinking and swelling
Reeds    20 brass
Cover surface    stainless steel
Reed plates    0,9 mm brass
Reed plate surface    brass
Mouthpiece surface    pearwood lacquered
Comb    pearwood, brown
Comb surface    clear lacquer
Length    10 cm
Keys:12 standard plus HG
Tuning chart C

Product Code: 1896

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Customer Reviews

Average Rating: 5

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Yes, this is the one. Bought my first one in 1965. I’ve tried all of the others but I could never find a better Harmonica. I urge all to buy from this site. The prices can’t be beat period. I don’t know how he does it? I don’t care for the big box stores. Support this site! Theirs a real human element here.

John Hickey :: 31 Jan 2019, 18:50

Marine Band 1896

My first harmonica years ago, and it still plays great...In the key of G. I think, the Marine Band, is the most comfortable harp to play.

Paul Varjak :: 26 Nov 2016, 11:52

PaP C.

I agree with the one review posted. I recently picked up my first Marind Band when I started playing in 1967. It still plays very good. So I bought some more MBs from RRs. Love-em.

Larry C. :: 23 Jan 2016, 06:42

Sometimes "old and unchanged" is a plus

What? No one's reviewed the standard Marine Band yet? Come on! A year ago, for my 65th birthday, I decided to take up harmonica (after 50 years of stringed instruments). Inspired by Milwaukee's own Lil' Rev, I bought a C Marine Band (and Lil Rev's instruction book). After a year that has included picking up and playing a bunch of different Lee Oskars, Hohners and Seydels (all nice harps), I've figured out why there are lots of touring pros whose harp cases include nothing but Marine Bands. Like Leo Fender's Telecaster, Gibson's J-45 and Kamaka's HF-1, get it right the first time and you never have to change it.

Ukulele Rob :: 09 May 2015, 00:18

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