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Hohner 1896 Harmonic Minor Marine Band Harmonica 

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As expert harp player Steve Baker describes in his book, The Harp Handbook, the Marine Band harmonica in Harmonic Minor tuning is in "traditional, mi...Read More

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OVERVIEW

The distinctive sounds of harmonic minor tuning make this harp ideal for playing multicultural music.

As expert harp player Steve Baker describes in his book, The Harp Handbook, the Marine Band harmonica in Harmonic Minor tuning is in "traditional, minor diatonic tuning - the blow chord is minor, but the draw chord...is major. In 1st position...it has a sound all of its own, which is great for oriental melodies, tangos or russian [sic] folk music...." In general, it has a very soulful, Eastern European sound. This multi-cultural harmonica is designed to play traditional ethnic music that is important to the heritage of many cultures including: minor eastern European, gypsy, Yiddish, Mediterranean, middle eastern, Asian and European/American folk music, as well as various selections of jazz and classic show tunes.

The harmonic minor-tuned Hohner 1896 Marine Band Harmonica follows in the footsteps of harps played by world-famous musicians like John Lennon, Bruce Springsteen, Little Walter, and Paul Butterfield. The Hohner Marine Band is a number-one choice among top professionals and one of the most recognizable harmonicas all over the world. The Marine Band is known for its full tone, wood comb, and its patented cover plates. The Marine Band harmonica was there when harmonica blues was born. The Marine Band harp is a result of Hohner's over 100 years of tradition and German craftsmanship.

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Hohner is a family company founded in 1857 in Trossingen, Germany by Matthias Hohner. Hand-made quality and close attention to detail has set Hohner apart from the beginning. A top leading brand in harmonicas, Hohner harps are distributed worldwide. Hohner harmonicas are played on the street by buskers, in intimate nightclubs, on festival stages, and even in Carnegie Hall. Despite a diverse harmonica line used in music from country to classical genres, the most famous Hohner harmonicas are their simple, 10-hole diatonics used frequently by blues, rock, country, and folk musicians.

FEATURES
  • 10-hole diatonic
  • Harmonic minor tuning (flatted-third and flatted 6th)
  • Reeds: 20
  • Reedplates: Brass; 0.9 mm
  • Pearwood comb
  • Length: 10cm
  • Hohner harmonicas feature:
  • Improved reed profiles to increase reed life by over 200%
  • Precision die punches to ensure reed plates with unparalleled air tightness
  • Improved tuning accuracy (through investment in innovative new tools)
  • Extremely stable stainless steel covers that won't tarnish and are easy to clean
  • Dynamic range and highest volume of most any commercially made harmonica
  • Super-fast response at all volume levels
  • Easily adjustability for overblows

Play the Marine Band harmonica and be a part of history when you order today.

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5.0

Fun and unique Harp for your collection

By Adam M

from Johnstown, PA

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Pros

  • Consistent
  • Easy To Play
  • Quality Craftsmanship
  • Rich Sound
  • Warm Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Accompaniment
    • Small Venues
    • Soundtracks

    Comments about Hohner 1896 Harmonic Minor Marine Band Harmonica:

    Recommended. Thanks Musician's Friend!
    This scale/mode is different than traditional harmonicas, but just as easy to play and know your way around it. As a harp player, this is a very FUN harp to have in your bag of tricks collection, as it is rare and hard to find harmonica. As far as the price, it's the old adage, "When you buy Quality, you only wince once." This is sure to provide years of fun playtime. Enjoy.

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    5.0

    My personal preference...

    By CoachT

    from Myrtle Beach SC

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    Pros

    • Easy To Play
    • Quality Craftsmanship
    • Rich Sound
    • Warm Tone

    Cons

    • Wood comb

    Best Uses

    • "Gypsy Harp"
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Hohner 1896 Harmonic Minor Marine Band Harmonica:

    First things first - this isn't for usual "blues harp" harmonica playing and it's not for your typical "cowboys around the campfire" (with some few exceptions) -- this is a harmonic minor harmonica. Compared to the major scale it has a flat 3 and flat 6 with the leading tone 7th in straightharp. Compared to the natural minor, it has a raised 7th. Understand before you buy it that it's not a major or natural minor scale. It's also not really for wailing in crossharp. If you don't know what harmonic minor means, then you probably don't need one of these yet.

    The Oskar Amin Harmonic gets really good airtime and for good reason, it's a great harp. But I prefer the MB's wooden comb and Hohner's just intonation tuning. So, thought I'd try the MB Am Harmonic Minor for my Gypsy Harp needs - I'm not dissapointed at all!

    It's best in straightharp. The crossharp scale is not a very useful modal scale (flat 2 and 6 with a natural 3 and 7). You'll probably not want to think of this one in crossharp at all. Buy the key you want to play in and play it straight.

    For "gypsy" harp improv it's wonderful. It's also very useful for much eastern European tune playing. It vamps a i iv V in straightharp and I iv v in crossharp. The real strength is not in chording - it's in melody playing.

    If you don't like the wooden comb, nails-in-wood, or tuning of the Marine Band then definately go with the LO variety. If you, like me, prefer the feel of wood - this is way cool.

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