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Hohner 1896 Marine Band Harmonica   

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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
 
4.7

(based on 53 reviews)

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    (44)

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    (5)

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (28)
  • Quality craftsmanship (27)
  • Easy to play (25)
  • Warm tone (22)
  • Consistent (20)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Accompaniment (18)
  • Small venues (9)
  • Soundtracks (7)
  • Jazz clubs (5)
  • School bands (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (20), Novice (9), Professional musician (4)

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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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1.0

probably the worst customer service I ever seen

By Ben K,

from Seattle, WA

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Comments about Hohner 1896 Marine Band Harmonica:

There's nothing wrong with the product, My complaint is about the terrible customer service I received from Musician's friend and their fraud 45- day hassle free return policy which is a pain! I ordered this item by mistake. I never opened the box or used it however, when I reached out to the customer service to return it, I found out it will cost me half of the original price, even though I have not opened the box at all. Be careful about this painful return policy.

 
5.0

Excellent

By Russ

from Detroit

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Accompaniment
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Hohner 1896 Marine Band Harmonica:

    great instrument

     
    5.0

    I'm going to get more

    By Paul D

    from Migrant in western USA

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Play
    • Quality Craftsmanship
    • Rich Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Accompaniment

      Comments about Hohner 1896 Marine Band Harmonica:

      I got this to replace one that got a bad reed in my Blues Harp set. What a step up! Wow! Much easier to make it do what you want. A little thinner, so it fits easier between your lips. Everything is positive about this one!

       
      5.0

      I would love to buy this model to family and friends

      By Sal the jet

      from Uvalde , Texas

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Rich Sound
      • Warm Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jazz Clubs
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Hohner 1896 Marine Band Harmonica:

        When I received the harmonica I noticed it had some rust on the left side. But everything's great. The marine band harp is great for someone who's looking in to buying one with rich tone and bending notes.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        highly recommend this instrument

        By Colleen

        from undisclosed

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about Hohner 1896 Marine Band Harmonica:

        wonderful instrument

         
        5.0

        Hohner clode to my hometown

        By Reeder

        from Shalimar FL

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Quality Craftsmanship
        • Rich Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Accompaniment

          Comments about Hohner 1896 Marine Band Harmonica:

          curch band

           
          5.0

          Great harp!

          By BigPoppaSkinny

          from Huron, Oh

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          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.

             
            5.0

            same high standards for Hohner

            By Jack

            from Rhode Island

            About Me Novice

            Verified Buyer

            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.

                 
                5.0

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

                By Arthur

                from Jacksonville, Fl

                About Me Novice

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Hohner 1896 Marine Band Harmonica:

                    Informal group going alongs.

                     
                    5.0

                    The best harmonica I have ever had

                    By Miguelito

                    from Flagstaff

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Hohner 1896 Marine Band Harmonica:

                        Excelent quality. The best harmonica I have ever had.

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