Hohner Marine Band Harmonica (1896/20)
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Hohner says: "The Marine Band is a number-one
choice among top professionals and one of the most
recognizable harmonicas all over the world. Known for
it's full tone, wood comb, and its patented cover plates,
the Hohner Marine Band harmonica was there when harmonica
was born. The Marine Band harp is a result of over 100
of Hohner German craftsmanship.
See the Hohner
Band or the
Hohner Crossover Marine
Band (both with a sealed wood combs) for tighter
reed tolerances and better volume.
Be sure to use the
"Choose Key:" pull-down menu to select your key.
The default key of "C" is good if
you are just starting out. After "C", other good beginner
include: "A", "D", "F", and "G". Return to this page to
add additional keys to your order.
Dave Gage Review: This is indeed the classic model
all wood comb diatonics. Although never announced publicly,
Hohner decided to finally seal the original pearwood
combs so they no longer swell and shrink from
moisture as they once did. The standard Marine
Band is a
great diatonic for blues, rock, and country players and
players of all levels. If you prefer a Hohner diatonic
harmonica with a plastic comb, be sure to take a look at
the Hohner Special 20 (link below).
A common question is
whether or not the wood comb
makes these harmonicas sound better than plastic combed
diatonics? The answer is no for the vast majority of
players. 99% of the overall sound
quality comes from the player's own abilities.