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Hohner M2011 Marine Band Thunderbird Low Tuned Harmonica   

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      OVERVIEW

      Robust low tones for those formerly wimpy higher diatonic keys like E and F.

      The Thunderbird, the latest addition to the legendary Marine Band product line, creates a new benchmark for low and super low diatonic harmonicas by incorporating:

      • Special new reed profiles for fast response and high volume even at an extremely low pitch.
      • Patented triple laminated and layered bamboo comb construction.
      • Conical lower cover design by noted harmonica-customizer Joe Filisco prevents reed rattle.
      • Cover and plates fitted with Phillips head screws for easy maintenance.


      Now you can get down and dirty with keys such D, E, and F.

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      HohnerM2011 Marine Band Thunderbird Low Tuned Harmonica
       
      4.7

      (based on 10 reviews)

      Ratings Distribution

      • 5 Stars

         

        (8)

      • 4 Stars

         

        (1)

      • 3 Stars

         

        (1)

      • 2 Stars

         

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      89%

      of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

      Pros

      • Good audio (9)
      • Warm tone (9)
      • Quality craftsmanship (7)
      • Easy to play (6)
      • Consistent (4)

      Cons

      No Cons

      Best Uses

      • Accompaniment (5)
      • Small venues (4)
      • Soundtracks (3)
      • Symphonies (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Experienced (5), Professional musician (3)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Hohner Thunderbird with have you Moaning At Midnight

      First of all, I dig low harps. They are an excellent way to vary your sound if you play harp all night long with your band like I do. In comparison with a...Read complete review

      First of all, I dig low harps. They are an excellent way to vary your sound if you play harp all night long with your band like I do. In comparison with a regular Hohner Marine Band in low tunings, well, there is very little comparison. The Thunderbird's conical lower cover plate eliminates worrying about redd rattle. Plus, this harp is so responsive. It allows me to play some of my faster runs as quickly and with the same percision as my custom harps in the regular registers. I've been playing my Thunderbird in Low D for a little over a week now and it is a totally inspiring instrument. Sounds fat acoustically and like a dang freight train amped up. If you want to cop some of that Sonny Boy II "Bye-Bye Bird" mojo, these will help get you there if you got the game to go there. Very much looking forward to my Low F that I have on order. Yes, these harps are bit spendy, but short of paying quite a bit more for custom, they are the best game in town (including Seydel's low tuned harps) IMHO. GET YOU ONE!

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      2nd thunderbird so far but has a problem

      out of the box this harmonica has had an issue with the #3 draw reed. Since I play mostly second position harp and toward the low end, this makes the instrument not very...Read complete review

      out of the box this harmonica has had an issue with the #3 draw reed. Since I play mostly second position harp and toward the low end, this makes the instrument not very useable. I would like to see if I can get a replacement or have this one repaired/tuned. The first Thunderbird Low key D I purchased works quite well (although it does require a lot of air on the low end).

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      5.0

      LOW C GREAT HARMONICA NOT CHEAP

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      from W.Tennessee

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Hohner M2011 Marine Band Thunderbird Low Tuned Harmonica:

        THESE AND SEYDEL ARE PROBUBLY THE ONLY OPTIONS FOR LOW HARMONICAS SINCE HOHNER DISCONTINUED THE CHEAPER MODELS AND THE SEYDELS DON'T LAST VERY LONG. NEEDED A LOW C SO I MATCHED A PRICE AND ORDERED ONE. THIS ONE IS THE ALL AROUND BEST I HAVE FOUND WOULD LIKE TO HAVE A SET.

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        3.0

        2nd thunderbird so far but has a problem

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        from Baltimore MD

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Rich Sound
        • Warm Tone

        Cons

        • Inconsistent
        • One Draw Reed Is Flat
        • Requires Adjustment Often

        Best Uses

        • Accompaniment

        Comments about Hohner M2011 Marine Band Thunderbird Low Tuned Harmonica:

        out of the box this harmonica has had an issue with the #3 draw reed. Since I play mostly second position harp and toward the low end, this makes the instrument not very useable. I would like to see if I can get a replacement or have this one repaired/tuned. The first Thunderbird Low key D I purchased works quite well (although it does require a lot of air on the low end).

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        5.0

        great harmonica

        By 

        from W.Tennessee

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Hohner M2011 Marine Band Thunderbird Low Tuned Harmonica:

          Great harmonicas! excellent tuning, well crafted, and easy to play. I do a lot of bending and they do that well for me.
          Quite pricey but perhaps they will last long enough to make up for the price. I usually get quite a lot of life from this brand.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Facinating deep low sound

          By 

          from Redlands,California

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Small Venues
            • Soundtracks
            • Symphonies

            Comments about Hohner M2011 Marine Band Thunderbird Low Tuned Harmonica:

            I have played for almost 2 weeks with the MB Thunderbird Low Low F harmonica.The sound can be surprising at times considering the low notes possible to express.The music is very different for the other harmonicas used so far.If initially I was taken aback a little,with time I am quite fascinated with it and with the the melody of low octaves.It is well built,very responsive and able to express remarkable contrasts.You must play this harmonica before feeling it.I think this is a must in any harmonica collection.

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            sounds great!

            By 

            from el cerrito, ca

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Rich Sound
            • Warm Tone

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Hohner M2011 Marine Band Thunderbird Low Tuned Harmonica:

                Any instrument is only as good as the musician playing, once it is established what the quality of the instrument is. This is a good instrument.

                The low pitched harps allow for a soft, rich tone, and they are excellent when used in conjunction with the normal-ranged marine band harmonicas. So, for example, one can play a blues in E, as normal, then switch mid-stream to the bass sounds of the thunderbird. It's a nice option to have.

                One drawback is the difficulty, or impossibility in some cases, of bending the first two draw notes. That aside, it's hard to go wrong with these.

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                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Nice......Expensive

                By 

                from Virginia

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                Pros

                • Quality Craftsmanship
                • Rich Sound
                • Warm Tone

                Cons

                • Too Expensive

                Best Uses

                • Accompaniment

                Comments about Hohner M2011 Marine Band Thunderbird Low Tuned Harmonica:

                These harps have an excellent action. Most low harps are slow and breathy, these are not. They have good volume. They come in a box featuring a picture of Joe Filisko's magnificent head. The cost is really high.

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                (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Low Tuned Harp's

                By 

                from Phoenix, Az

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Small Venues

                  Comments about Hohner M2011 Marine Band Thunderbird Low Tuned Harmonica:

                  Great addition to my gig harps. I enjoy switching between the Low and norm harp in the same key during a song. I've purchased the low C and D so far. Will add more with time. They are a bit pricy but are well made and sound wonderful.

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                  (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Satisfied: No reed rattle, warm tone

                  By 

                  from Denver, CO

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent
                  • Easy To Play
                  • Good Volume In Low N
                  • Quality Craftsmanship
                  • Rich Sound
                  • Warm Tone

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Accompaniment

                    Comments about Hohner M2011 Marine Band Thunderbird Low Tuned Harmonica:

                    Good for rhythm; warm sound playing melody in low register;

                    Comment on this review

                    (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    If you got game, This Bird's for you!

                    By 

                    from Chattanooga, TN

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                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Hohner M2011 Marine Band Thunderbird Low Tuned Harmonica:

                        This instrument lives up to all the advertising. If it has Joe Filisko's name on it, it is the best. Loved the way it played right out of the box. The Thunderbird is as responsive as the Crossover , great tone at all dynamic levels and this bad boy loves a mic! What a great tonal contrast to add to your sets, you need at least one Thunderbird in your bag of tricks.

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                        (33 of 34 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Hohner Thunderbird with have you Moaning At Midnight

                        By 

                        from Birmingham, AL

                        Comments about Hohner M2011 Marine Band Thunderbird Low Tuned Harmonica:

                        First of all, I dig low harps. They are an excellent way to vary your sound if you play harp all night long with your band like I do. In comparison with a regular Hohner Marine Band in low tunings, well, there is very little comparison. The Thunderbird's conical lower cover plate eliminates worrying about redd rattle. Plus, this harp is so responsive. It allows me to play some of my faster runs as quickly and with the same percision as my custom harps in the regular registers. I've been playing my Thunderbird in Low D for a little over a week now and it is a totally inspiring instrument. Sounds fat acoustically and like a dang freight train amped up. If you want to cop some of that Sonny Boy II "Bye-Bye Bird" mojo, these will help get you there if you got the game to go there. Very much looking forward to my Low F that I have on order. Yes, these harps are bit spendy, but short of paying quite a bit more for custom, they are the best game in town (including Seydel's low tuned harps) IMHO. GET YOU ONE!

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