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Screwed on reed covers for easy removal and replacement.
For more than 100 years, the Marine Band has been the favorite harmonica of artists like Little Walter, Paul Butterfield, Mickey Raphael, and Kim Wilson. Ever since 1896, discerning professional harmonica players in search of an unmistakable and unique sound have played the Hohner Marine Band as their instrument of choice.
The Marine Band Deluxe Harmonica combines the features of the legendary harmonica with a variety of state-of-the-art improvements, which can best be described as a modified version of the Marine Band Classic.
In comparison, the Marine Band Deluxe optimizes all the great characteristics of the original classic Marine Band in a player friendly harmonica. Hohner's goal was to offer a contemporary ten hole diatonic with the long, successful history players associate with the Marine Band legacy.
Hohner has developed state-of-the-art improvements, which include optimized handling to ensure greater volume & faster response while retaining the richness and power of the Hohner Classic Sound.
The reedplate covers have been opened up considerably in the back of the harmonica and folded in a way as to make it very sturdy and hard to bend in when grasping the harp in a playing manner. They are solid with extreme quality in this respect.
By having the reedplate cover openings further off the comb you get better sound projection, air flow over the reeds, as well as more resonance and sustain!
The covers are held on with 4 screws per cover.
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Been playing harmonica for about 9 months. Have used several different ones. A music store owner put me on the Marine Band deluxe. He said that I would not use any others after I used these. He was right. they are the best I have been able to find. the Marine Band deluxe sounds absoutley great. I have upgraded my collection to these.
This is a very nice Marine Band harp, which I generally prefer to the plastic-comb types. I'm giving it 4 out of 5 all around just because it doesn't match up to the best custom harps (Jimmy Gordon, Richard Sleigh, Filisko) but of course they are more expensive and take longer to get. QUESTION FOR HOHNER: Why no replacement reed plates for this harp??? Seems like a natural, as the combs and cover are definitely made to last.
marine band on steroids,best sounding i've found. i am in love i got chills and was vibrating for minutes after playing through a 520 dx and a 25 watt tube w/ reverb all the way up.marine band 1896 is closest,of the plastic combs lee oskar was close,suzuki bluesmaster is very similar to the oskar.the metal combs sound dull to me.i can bend this 2005 deluxe all the way to missippi! Hohner should lower the price,offer a 6 key package deal w/case,and it will probably become the standard in blues,just like the original was for so many years.With all the competition this is not an easy feat. BRAVO !
This harmonica is certainly better then cheaper models, but not amazingly so. The sound is sharp and resonant, and bending notes is a very simpler. The wooden comb is much nicer then cheap plastic ones, and the build of this Harmonica fits in hands very nicely due to a raised bit at the front. I have only used Lee Oscar's before this, and I don't know if it's the brand or model, but I got this one in C and the sound is a bit higher then my Lee Oscar C. it also comes in a very attractive box. Overall the item is well built and very easy and fun to play, though a bit expensive for the added features.