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Hohner 1896 Marine Band Harmonica  

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  • 10-hole diatonic
  • Standard (Richter) tuning
  • Reeds: 20
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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%
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      • Improved tuning accuracy (through investment in innovative new tools)
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      Play the Marine Band harmonica and be a part of history when you order today.

       
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      Hohner1896 Marine Band Harmonica
       
      4.7

      (based on 35 reviews)

      Ratings Distribution

      • 5 Stars

         

        (28)

      • 4 Stars

         

        (5)

      • 3 Stars

         

        (2)

      • 2 Stars

         

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      94%

      of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

      Pros

      • Good audio (15)
      • Quality craftsmanship (14)
      • Easy to play (13)
      • Warm tone (13)
      • Consistent (10)

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Accompaniment (10)
        • Small venues (6)
        • Soundtracks (6)
        • Jazz clubs (4)
        • School bands (3)
          • Reviewer Profile:
          • Experienced (12), Novice (4)

        Most Liked Positive Review

         

        Marine Band harmonicas

        There is no doubt--none whatsoever--that a Marine Band harmonica is one of the best sounding harmonicas in the world. The bluesy tone of the wood comb cant be beat. I certainly...Read complete review

        There is no doubt--none whatsoever--that a Marine Band harmonica is one of the best sounding harmonicas in the world. The bluesy tone of the wood comb cant be beat. I certainly have a bunch of them. But dont let any new harp players on here be fooled. There are significant problems to playing a Marine Band. I also contend that quality control at the Hohner factory is poor. MB harps come out all different, you never know what you are going to get. As for problems, here are what I've experienced with Marine Bands:

        1) the wooden comb warps, that is the holes shift. Holes you play a lot tend to "move around." Your 4 hole will open up wider, thus "pinching" the 3 and 5, making them smaller and harder to play.

        2) the wooden comb swells out when it gets moist with the moisture of your lips. If you play and MB for even 30 or 40 minutes, the wooden comb will bulge out and rip your lips up while you play. I find the Special 20 much easier to play, and to solo on, than an MB. The plastic comb of the Special 20 wont warp or swell.

        3) the MB has those nasty metal rails along the top and bottom of the comb, again rendering it hard to solo.

        Some guys I know love Marine Band harps and would never give them up. Fine. Again, these are fantastic sounding harps, but with so many other choices on the market, I dont usually buy MBs any more. Special 20s are my favorite, Golden Melody's are terrific, and best of all, the Suzuki Manji

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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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        4.0

        Plays Well

        By Michael

        from Seattle, WA

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Quality Craftsmanship
        • Warm Tone

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Accompaniment
          • Soundtracks

          Comments about Hohner 1896 Marine Band Harmonica:

          It plays as advertized. It works well and has a nice case.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Made my Uncle 92 year old Uncle Happy!

          By none

          from Blountville,.tn

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • 5
          • 5star
          • Easy To Play
          • Quality Craftsmanship
          • Rich Sound
          • Sound
          • Sound Is Great

          Cons

          • No Cons
          • None At All

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            Comments about Hohner 1896 Marine Band Harmonica:

            I purchased this harmonica for my 92 year old Uncle. My Uncle purchased a Hohner Pocket Pal while in Germany when he was serving in the U S Army during World War II. He still has the harmonica and it still sounds great. We have not been able to find another harmonica that sounded anything near as good as the one he bought during WWII. He still has the original box the old one came in and still plays it ( he has neuropathy in his hands and can't play his guitar or mandolin anymore) and it still sounds great but wanted another one, I purchased one for him for Father's Day! He is very happy with it and loves the sound....he plays them both every day.

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            5.0

            My Old Favorite

            By Jimmyjuju

            from Way up north

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            Pros

            • Quality Craftsmanship
            • Rich Sound
            • Warm Tone

            Cons

            • Difficult To Service

            Best Uses

            • Does It All

            Comments about Hohner 1896 Marine Band Harmonica:

            I love this harmonica. Hohner makes many different quality models, and they all sound good. It must be nostalgia, but to me, the MB sounds the sweetest. Maybe it's the vented sides or the totally open back with no support pillars (don't sit on one!), but I suspect it's the sound that my ears have grown accustomed to since I was a child and started playing one. Some of Hohner's other harmonicas make more sense from a practical point of view, being able to disassemble the modular models without performing major surgery. I don't like the MB case as well as the cases provided with the modulars. It is bulkier and not vented. The MB itself is slightly smaller than the other models. It has a wood comb, but so does the Blues Harp. I have many different Hohner models, but when it comes right down to it, the MB is my favorite.

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            5.0

            Great harp for the ages

            By harpplyr

            from Chicago Illinois, the home of the Blues

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Accompaniment
              • Jazz Clubs
              • School Bands
              • Small Venues
              • Soundtracks
              • Symphonies

              Comments about Hohner 1896 Marine Band Harmonica:

              I was given a Marie Band by my father when I was 16 years old.
              I did not think it was cool at the time and let it sit in a a drawer for 50, yes I said 50 years.
              I took it out two years ago, and it sparked and interest that has turned into a raging fire.
              It not only still plays, but sounds great.
              If it needs adjusted a little research will tell you that it is not all that hard to do.
              No matter what you have in your Harmonica arsenal, and I have several a set of Marine Band harps is a must.

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              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              overpriced

              By Tin man-79Nda

              from Meridian, I.D.

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              Pros

              • Easy To Play
              • Rich Sound
              • Warm Tone

              Cons

              • Requires Adjustment Often

              Best Uses

              • Accompaniment
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Hohner 1896 Marine Band Harmonica:

              This little harmonica a bit overpriced to other like Seydel and Suzuki. Both are wooden combs but with Marine band you have swells out when it gets moist with the moisture of your lips. If you play and MB for even a long period of time, the wooden comb will bulge out and rip your lips up while you play also the reed plates are rough too if you look at the four corns you will see the reed plates and the comb are not smooth the biggest problem is the nails, you can't do any work until the nail are replaces. However There is no doubt--none whatsoever--that a Marine Band harmonica is one of the best sounding harmonicas in the world.

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              5.0

              I wouldn't play anything else

              By bbgamer884

              from New England

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                    Comments about Hohner 1896 Marine Band Harmonica:

                    My great grandmother gave me one of these when i was young, and when she passed away, I kept her tradition alive by playing my Marine Band. I have been playing for 12 years and this harmonica is practically the les paul of harmonicas in my eyes. the sound is excellent, and I never would play anything else. No way no how.

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    After decades I fnally got myself one

                    By Devel Dog

                    from Minneapolis Minnesota

                    About Me Novice

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Hohner 1896 Marine Band Harmonica:

                        Enjoy practicing and entertaining others.The Hohner Hamonica is very simple to use and pick up melodies quickly to entertain with. I have only two regrets.(1)that I didn't start playing the harmonica decades ago and (2)trying to find a tool small enough to disassemble the front plates for maintenance.I purchased a multifunctional tool that allows one to work on watches but it was not small enough to turn the heads of the screws holding the front plate on.Any suggestions? Once I can find the correct tool that will allow me to maintain and clean my harmonic I would gladly raise my four star to five.It's a great instrument for novice and professional alike.

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                        5.0

                        1896 maine band harmonica

                        By jeff

                        from indianapolis,in.

                        About Me Novice

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                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Accompaniment
                          • School Bands

                          Comments about Hohner 1896 Marine Band Harmonica:

                          this is the orginal hohner harmonica.my grandmother had the first one i saw.i was age 7 then.i bought my own at age 9.had one ever since then.this or the special 20 or the blues harp are the best hohner makes.all still made in germany.

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                          5.0

                          marine band harmonica/hohner 1896

                          By jeff

                          from indianapolis,in.

                          About Me Novice

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                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Accompaniment

                            Comments about Hohner 1896 Marine Band Harmonica:

                            the marine band 1896 is the classic best harmonica hohner makes.I had one as a kid.Some people dont like the wood comb.It seems to give this harp a warmer tone.Made in germany,its excellent quality.

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                            5.0

                            It do what it supposed to do

                            By DOBRO Player

                            from Indiana

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                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Accompaniment

                              Comments about Hohner 1896 Marine Band Harmonica:

                              My buddy JC do the harp work, he likes it. It sound good, easy to blow, what else is there a need of??

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