Hohner Marine Band

You might hear this called the original harmonica. Hohner came out with their first version of this model in 1896, and in over a century of production they’ve come out with over 40 different models that bear the name. They’ve been the model of choice for generations of professional musicians, including famous names like Neil […]

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Hohner Marine Band

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You might hear this called the original harmonica. Hohner came out with their first version of this model in 1896, and in over a century of production they’ve come out with over 40 different models that bear the name. They’ve been the model of choice for generations of professional musicians, including famous names like Neil Young and John Lennon. Their current iteration of the design lives up to this history.

There are a lot of features on the Hohner Marine Band you might be surprised to find on such an affordable harmonica. It uses a wood cone, first of all, which adds warmth and resonance to the tone compared to plastic. It also gives you a lot more sound than most harps you’ll find at the price and is easy to adjust for overblowing.

The reeds on this model are worth a mention, too. Hohner’s improved the reed profile over previous models helps the reeds last up to twice as long. Precision die punches are used in the construction to make sure the reeds stay airtight and give you an improved response at any volume. Since it can also get louder than a lot of harmonicas, this gives it one of the widest dynamic ranges you’re likely to find.

The Hohner Marine Band is a workhorse. All the details of the construction give it a long durability. While Hohner harmonicas aren’t modular and will wear out eventually, this one will give you a decent run before it gives out—what most people would consider well more than $40 worth.

Features:

  • Key: C major (also available in all 12 diatonic keys)
  • Tuning: Diatonic
  • Cover: Stainless steel
  • Comb: Pearwood
  • Holes: 10
  • Reeds: Brass, .9mm
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