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Hohner 1896 Marine Band Harmonica  Eb

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A well-known, precisely crafted, historic harmonica with a pearwood comb and an amazing tone.

The Hohner 1896 Marine Band Harmonica follows in has been 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. 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 over 100 years of Hohner 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
  • Standard (Richter) tuning
  • 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
  • A unique Hohner sound that is a tone benchmark for blues, folk, and rock
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Hohner1896 Marine Band Harmonica
 
4.8

(based on 49 reviews)

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    (41)

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97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (25)
  • Quality craftsmanship (25)
  • Easy to play (23)
  • Warm tone (20)
  • Consistent (18)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Accompaniment (16)
  • Small venues (7)
  • Soundtracks (7)
  • Jazz clubs (4)
  • School bands (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (19), Novice (8), Professional musician (3)

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A thirty year guitarist and composer, I took up the harmonica in 2012. The Marine Band 1896 has a long storied history and was the choice of harps from Lennon to Dylan, if...Read complete review

A thirty year guitarist and composer, I took up the harmonica in 2012. The Marine Band 1896 has a long storied history and was the choice of harps from Lennon to Dylan, if one considers only the pop/rock/folk form of music this harp was applied to, and this 1896 apparently has a reputation of being the standard that sets the standard. It is not undeserved. It is quality made with solid and secured metal or nickel plates, a fine wood comb, and projects a powerful, piercing, clear, clean biting sound, slightly mechanical. But it plays fast, and hits the notes dead on. I would not buy anything less than this harp. However, while they seem to be absent from this site, The Hering 1923 Vintage Harp, with its brass, antique-style, heavier plates and wooden comb (and let's be clear--the wooden comb is, beyond debate, better than any plastic comb) has a superior rich, sonorous sound, the likes of which I have never heard from another harp, and I have played my fair share to this point. The Hering 1923 is Coltrane. The 1896 is martial music. That is THE difference, in a word. While I have an even number of both, and regret neither, the Hering 1923 is the most complete and versitile harmonica sound I have encountered. I recommend getting one. But, if not, the 1896 delivers and satisfies perfectly well, so don't waste time with the nonsense.

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pretty good harp

This is a good little harmonica but is way overpriced. It is comparable to the Suzuki Folkmaster in tune and quality except for the way it is nailed together and it is twice the...Read complete review

This is a good little harmonica but is way overpriced. It is comparable to the Suzuki Folkmaster in tune and quality except for the way it is nailed together and it is twice the price. True, you seldom have to disasemble a hormonica but you will sonner or later and for a couple of dollars more, the Hohner special 20 is easier to work on and is a little slicker design.

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5.0

highly recommend this instrument

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wonderful instrument

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5.0

Hohner clode to my hometown

By Reeder

from Shalimar FL

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Pros

  • Quality Craftsmanship
  • Rich Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Accompaniment

    Comments about Hohner 1896 Marine Band Harmonica:

    curch band

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    5.0

    Great harp!

    By BigPoppaSkinny

    from Huron, Oh

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Accompaniment

      Comments about Hohner 1896 Marine Band Harmonica:

      Still breakin' in...played it out once.

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      5.0

      same high standards for Hohner

      By Jack

      from Rhode Island

      About Me Novice

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Hohner 1896 Marine Band Harmonica:

          I'm no harp player. But I needed a harmonica in a different key for a song I'm learning. I had a 40+ year old Marine Band, and so, bought the same model. I found the quality of the new harp to be as good as the old one, and it plays just the same. It plays easily and sounds good, too.

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          5.0

          Good product, competitive prices, easy to work with people.

          By Arthur

          from Jacksonville, Fl

          About Me Novice

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Hohner 1896 Marine Band Harmonica:

              Informal group going alongs.

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              5.0

              The best harmonica I have ever had

              By Miguelito

              from Flagstaff

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              Pros

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

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                  Comments about Hohner 1896 Marine Band Harmonica:

                  Excelent quality. The best harmonica I have ever had.

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                  5.0

                  Good buy

                  By Rems

                  from Canada

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                  Pros

                  • Easy To Play

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Accompaniment

                    Comments about Hohner 1896 Marine Band Harmonica:

                    Good Buy

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                    3.0

                    older one bet err

                    Comments about Hohner 1896 Marine Band Harmonica:

                    the sound and ease of playing the Marine Band was much better before they began laminating the combs, especially with the D

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                    5.0

                    Marine Band harmonica is the classic!

                    By Dano

                    from Rhode Island

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                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent
                    • Quality Craftsmanship
                    • Rich Sound
                    • Warm Tone

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Hohner 1896 Marine Band Harmonica:

                        I use Blues Harps and the Special Twenty made by Hohner. They're all fine instruments. But, the Marine Band is still the most reliable, most rugged, and has the clearest tone of them all.

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                        5.0

                        Basic harp

                        By Rkcowboy

                        from Chi-town, IL

                        About Me Novice

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Accompaniment

                          Comments about Hohner 1896 Marine Band Harmonica:

                          Great harp.

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