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Hohner 1896 Marine Band Natural Minor Harmonica  

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As expert harp player Steve Baker describes in his book, The Harp Handbook, the Marine Band harmonica in Natural Minor tuning means that "all the 3rd...Read More

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OVERVIEW

A historic harmonica in natural minor tuning that's ideal for playing in minor keys and genres like minor blues, rock, country, reggae, pop, and jazz.

As expert harp player Steve Baker describes in his book, The Harp Handbook, the Marine Band harmonica in Natural Minor tuning means that "all the 3rds in the blow and draw chords...are tuned a semitone lower than the Richter system, so that both blow and draw chords are minor...." This "tuning is great for blues and rock numbers in minor keys..." and is "also very good for minor key reggae numbers, or similar spacey groove music...." In general, natural minor harps have a very bluesy, soulful sound that's perfect for playing minor blues, rock, country, reggae, pop, and jazz. This fabulous tuning is set up to play minor music easily without straining the lips, the lungs, or the mind! All of the notes and chords that were missing on the major diatonic harps for playing minor blues are right there on the natural minor. Natural minors are designed to be played in cross harp (draw), not straight harp (blow) style. In cross harp, many of the draw notes can be bent, allowing for a much more expressive, fluid style of playing. In addition, cross harp is a very popular style used by most players for today's music.

The natural 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. 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 results of over 100 years of Hohner 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
  • Natural minor 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

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Hohner1896 Marine Band Natural Minor Harmonica
 
4.3

(based on 3 reviews)

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67%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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  • Quality craftsmanship (3)

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      5.0

      Harp is great and in minor key! Yay!

      By RICHARD BECKHOLT

      from Ohio

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      Pros

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

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Accompaniment
      • Small Venues
      • Soundtracks

      Comments about Hohner 1896 Marine Band Natural Minor Harmonica:

      I write quite a lot in minor keys and now I can add harp sounds to my force of instruments in the studio.

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      5.0

      Pick right key!!!!

      By bacchusmann

      from Chicago, IL

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Accompaniment
        • Jazz Clubs
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Hohner 1896 Marine Band Natural Minor Harmonica:

        Great for blues and rock n Roll, but the get right key.... For a song in Am you need the Dm harmonica when played in 2nd position.

        For all Hohner harps, including minors, played in second position, count down 4 steps from the harp key in your hand to be in sync with the key of the song... that's the basic 2nd position rule.

        Lee Oskar minor harps are labeled for second position for you...but not the majors... a bit confusing

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        3.0

        Hohner Quality but not a crossharp

        By Cecil Nixxon

        from High Ridge MO

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Quality Craftsmanship
        • Rich Sound

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            Comments about Hohner 1896 Marine Band Natural Minor Harmonica:

            This is a Marine Band harp tuned to natural minor. However, it is not suitable for playing in the second position. Fine for playing moody sad cowboy tunes around the campfire, but don't expect to use it for the blues. For that purpose, the Lee Oskar "green label" natural minor is required.

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