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Hohner, like its compatriot, Seydel, can trace its history back to mid-19th Century Germany, where its founder - Matthias Hohner - moved his attention from his original profession of watchmaking to the production of the newly created instrument that was the harmonica. Although Matthias was by no means the first to market with the instrument, he was able to apply manufacturing techniques to the production of harmonicas that enabled them to be built quicker, in larger numbers and more consistently than those of his early competitors.

Toots Thielemans Mellow Tone Harmonica
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Toots Thielemans Mellow Tone Harmonica

£201.99
The Toots Thielemans Mellow Tone Harmonica was developed in cooperation with the legendary Jean "Toots" Thielemans, the grand old man of harmonica jazz. Toots recommends the Mellow Tone for ballads or classical pieces and the Hard Bopper for more contemporary material. Short slot reeds and thinner reed plates make this model perfect for playing ballads. The pearwood body gives the instrument a warm, resonant tone. Comb: Pearwood, brown Number of holes: 12 Reeds: 48 brass Reed Plates: 1.05mm brass Reed Plate Surface: Nickel Cover Surface: stainless steel Slide Construction: straight Mouthpiece Surface: Chrome Length: 15.5 cm Comes in a plastic snap box Chrome plated brass covers with Toots signature embossing Keys: C Major ... Read more
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Hohner 360? Collectors Edition Harmonica
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Hohner 360? Collectors Edition Harmonica

£19.99

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The Hohner 360° Collectors Edition Harmonica commemorated the 50th anniversary of the remarkable occasion when Walter Schirra played the Hohner Little Lady harmonica in outer space. This Hohner 360 is still small enough to make it your permanent companion. On December 16th, 1965 a musical instrument was played in outer space for the first time in history. Walter Schirra, commander on board the Gemini 6, surprised Mission Control with the Christmas tune “Jingle Bells” played on the Hohner Little Lady, the world’s smallest harmonica. 10 hole diatonic harmonica Transparent ABS body Reed Plates: 0.9mm brass Length: 10.5 cm Key: C-major ... Read more
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Hohner 365 Steve Baker Special Harmonica
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Hohner 365 Steve Baker Special Harmonica

£69.99

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The Hohner 365 Steve Baker Special harmonica was developed by Steve Baker, Hohner Germany's harmonica consultant. The 14-hole tuning extends the range of bendable draw notes while retaining their familiar blues configuration. The SBS enables the first nine draw notes (over a 2-octave range) to be bent using the same method used when playing a standard-tuned harp. The Steve Baker Special features 0.9mm brass reeds and a pearwood comb. Only available in the key of F major. Steve Baker is a British born harmonic player who has worked for Hohner in Germany as a consultant for many years he was instrumental in the development of the bamboo comb found on the popular Crossover harp.... Read more
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Hohner 38N Mini Harmonica with Necklace
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Hohner 38N Mini Harmonica with Necklace

£10.99

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This mini harmonica necklace has a working harmonica with 4 holes, a plastic comb and is in the key of C.... Read more
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Hohner Auto Valve Harp Octave
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Hohner Auto Valve Harp Octave

£104.99

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This product has been discontinued. Consider looking at these Octave harmonicas as alternatives.... Read more
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Hohner Big Valley 48 Harmonica
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Hohner Big Valley 48 Harmonica

£25.49

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The Hohner Big Valley 48 is a tremolo model for beginners which is simple to use with good response. Well formed cover plate design for easy handling and sturdy construction combined with modern materials such as stainless steel cover plates. Well suited for cowboy songs. Comb: ABS, black Number of holes: 48 Reeds: 48 brass Reed Plates: 0.9mm brass Read Plate Surface: brass Cover Surface: Stainless steel Mouthpiece Surface: ABS Length: 18 cm Comes in a plastic snap case Keys: C major, D major. ... Read more
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Hohner Blues Band - 7 Harmonica Set With Case
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Hohner Blues Band - 7 Harmonica Set With Case

£99.99

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Hohner Blues Band - 7 Harmonica Set With Case - A set of 7 Blues Band harmonicas in the most popular keys (A, Bb, C, D, E, F and G) to get you started playing blues, folk, rock or country music. It also comes with a reference key table so that you will always know which key to use with each song. Includes a sturdy nylon case for storing and transporting your harps, and offers a significant discount over buying all of these harps individually.... Read more
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Hohner Blues Harp Pro Pack
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Hohner Blues Harp Pro Pack

£95.99

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The Hohner Blues Harp Pro Pack contains three of the most popular keys (C, G & A) of the Hohner Blues Harp. The brand name ”Blues Harp® “ has attained cult status in the contemporary music scene. The Hohner Blues Harp MS model features a functional design combining a wooden comb, high covers without side vents and high quality reed plates to give the instrument its typical bluesy sound, which has made it immensely popular with beginning and intermediate players alike. Every now and again, a branded article achieves such a high degree of success and widespread distribution that the brand name becomes synonymous with the generic product. This has certainly been the case with the Hohner Blues Harp®, now well into its fifth decade as one of Hohner‘s most popular diatonic model. Reeds: 20. Reed Plate: Brass, 0.9mm. Pack includes 3 x Hohner Blues Harp in Keys: C, G & A Comb: Wood. Series: Modular System. ... Read more
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Hohner Bob Dylan Harmonica (Without Presentation Case)
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Hohner Bob Dylan Harmonica (Without Presentation Case)

£41.99

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This is the same harp as the Bob Dylan Signature edition, but has two important differences: first, it comes without the presentation case, which makes it considerably less expensive; second, it is available in the keys of D and F as well as C (the Signature harp is available only in C). The harp itself is identical to the Signature edition, and is based on Hohner's popular Blues Harp MS model. It features a sealed doussie comb, brass reeds and has a bright bluesie tone that is suitable for a range of music, from folk to blues and pop... Read more
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Hohner Chrometta 14 Harmonica
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Hohner Chrometta 14 Harmonica

£114.99

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The Hohner Chrometta 14 is the largest harmonica in the Chrometta series, boasting 56 notes which offers a complete tonal range of a violin. It has wider channel openings making it easier for the beginner to play single notes. This model is excellent value for money if you want to try the out the enlarged 56 note version of a chromatic harp. Comb: ABS, black Number of holes: 14 Reeds: 56 brass Reed Plates: 1.05mm brass Read Plate Surface: brass Cover Surface: stainless steel Slide Construction: zigzag Plastic injection moulded comb 56 notes, 31/2 octave range, C-major Length: 19 cm Keys: C Major ... Read more
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Hohner CX12 Jazz Harmonica
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Hohner CX12 Jazz Harmonica

£239.99

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At first glance, the striking red-to-gold opalescent finish of the CX12 Jazz is hard to overlook. However, there’s more to this baby than meets the eye. Based on the brilliant and successful design of the CX12 Black, the CX12 Jazz boasts a narrower mouthpiece radius, which makes it even more comfortable to play and facilitates single reed note bending for greater expression, allowing you to break with chromatic convention and redefine your creative possibilities. If you want a loud, responsive chromatic that offers you killer tone and maximum punch, it doesn’t get much better than this! Reed plates (material, thickness): brass, 1.05 mm Reed plates (surface): brass Reeds (number, material): 48, brass Comb (material, color): ABS, black Comb (finish): ABS, matt Mouthpiece (surface): ABS, red to gold lacquered Cover plates: ABS, red to gold lacquered Slide construction: zigzag Keys: C Type: chromatic Tuning: solo tuning Number of holes: 12 Tonal range: 3 octaves, C4 – D7 Length: 16.8 cm / 6.6" About Hohner Hohner is one of the world's leading harmonica manufacturers and has been producing harmonicas in Germany since the middle of the 19th century. It produced the world's first production chromatic harmonica in the 1920s and has been at the forefront on harmonica design for well over a century.... Read more
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Hohner Double Bass 58 Harmonica
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Hohner Double Bass 58 Harmonica

£1,199.99

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The Hohner Double Bass 58 Orchestral harmonica is a bass with a wow-effect. As well as rhythmic accompaniment, every harmonica ensemble needs a suitable bass. With this 2-voice instrument each channel contains two reeds, tuned exactly one octave apart, giving an extremely fat sound. The lower of each pair of octave-tuned reeds is located on the inner rows of the instrument, ensuring that high and low ranges are equidistant from one another and thus enabling balanced micro-phoning. For the first time, the mouthpiece of the Bass 58 and Bass 78 models has been integrated into the body, making them remarkably airtight and ensuring matchless response and volume. This Hohner Double Bass 58 is a top of the line model and was developed in close cooperation with leading international players to create a high end professional instrument, combining unprecedented performance and ease of playability with the finest Hohner quality - a milestone in Hohner‘s legendary series of orchestral harmonicas. Optimised channel openings ensure great response even at low volume. Mouthpiece integrated into comb construction for maximum air tightness and volume. Complete stability in all climate zones thanks to modern acrylic glass body. Also known as the Hohner M965 Double Bass 29/58 / Hohner Bass 58 Entirely assembled with screws for easy maintenance.   Key specifications:  Bass 58 Tonal Range: E1-E3 (1E-e) Comb: Acrylic glass, transparent, colourless Number of hole: 29 Reeds: 58 Brass Reed Plates: 2.0mm brass Read Plate Surface: brass Cover Surface: Chrome Mouthpiece Surface: Acrylic glass Length: 21.3 cm Case/Packaging: Zip Case Included Accessories: Black straps  ... Read more
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Hohner Echo 32 Tremolo Harmonica
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Hohner Echo 32 Tremolo Harmonica

£59.99

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The Hohner Echo 32 is part of an ever-popular tremolo harmonicas range that sound really great for traditional folk music and evergreens. . Their stylish cover embossing and attractive designs exude an irresistible touch of nostalgia which is an invitation to dream away while you play. • 32 brass reeds • Maple wood comb • 0.9 mm brass reed plates • Stainless steel covers • Available in Key: C & G • Made in Germany Hohner Echo 32 Harmonica Tuning Chart... Read more
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Hohner Echo 48 Tremolo Harmonica
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Hohner Echo 48 Tremolo Harmonica

£73.99

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The Hohner Echo 48 Tremolo is part of the echo line series. All models of the Echo Line are very traditional and based on a history of more than 60 years. They are available in different sizes for individual use. Their warm and smooth sound gives these instruments an unique character and charm. Sound: Tremolo. Reeds: 48. Reed Plate: Brass, 0.9mm. Keys: C Major Comb: Wood (maple). Case/Packaging: Printed cardboard box. Size: Length: 17.8cm. ... Read more
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Hohner FlexRack Harmonica Holder
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Hohner FlexRack Harmonica Holder

£52.99

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Hohner FlexRack Harmonica Holder - Free-handed harmonica playing has never been this easy – or this comfortable. The FlexRack is the first harp holder of its type that is this flexible. You can easily adjust position, angle, and height without any tools, and exchange your instrument by simply sliding it in from the front. Thanks to the adjustable spring force and the gummed fasteners, your harmonica isn’t scratched or bent in any way. And thanks to the ergonomically shaped neck brace, it is incredibly comfortable as well. Highly flexible design The only rack which allows position, angle and height to be adjusted without tools for optimal placement of the harmonica Note: Harmonica in image not included... Read more
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Hohner Golden Melody Tremolo Harmonica
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Hohner Golden Melody Tremolo Harmonica

£62.99

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The Hohner Golden Melody Tremolo harmonica is an exclusive tremolo model with very easy response and a robust, sturdy construction because of an excellent crafted plastic comb. It comes with attractive Gold anodised cover plates. Comb: ABS, red Number of hole: 40 Reeds: 40 brass Reed Plates: 0.9mm brass Read Plate Surface: brass Cover Surface: Anodized aluminium Mouthpiece Surface: ABS Length: 16.3 cm Comes in a plastic snap case Keys: C major ... Read more
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Hohner Harmonica Gig Case 7PHC
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Hohner Harmonica Gig Case 7PHC

£39.99

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The Hohner Harmonica Gig Case holds 7 harmonicas and is an elegant bluesman's accessory. Made of black leatherette with a compact fold-over design, the Gig Case packs enough harmonica power to cover most gigs. The perfect accessory to order your harmonicas by key, to make them easy to find at any time. Separate sleeves for seven 10-hole harmonicas Convenient size fits easily under the arm or in a deep coat pocket Soft, durable black leatherette Magnetic closure system ... Read more
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Hohner Harpblaster Microphone
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Hohner Harpblaster Microphone

£167.99

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The new standard in harp microphones The Hohner Harpblaster microphone is modelled after the sound of legendary vintage harp microphones and with the help of professional players, HOHNER and sE Electronics have created the HB52 Harp Blaster, a dynamic harmonica microphone. Boutique features such as the Bourns® potentiometer and the gold plated XLR connector and state of the art manufacturing make it the new standard in harmonica microphones. About sE Electronics After studying Western Composition at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and moving on to become a successful conductor, composer, and bassoon player, Mr. Siwei Zou was invited to California State University as a visiting scholar in their music department. During his first years in San Francisco, his contacts in Shanghai would send him newly-developed microphones with which to record. Though he was impressed with the performance of these models, he was unhappy with their machining and design, and began suggesting changes. At this point, sE began to take shape as a business. In the company's infancy, all sE microphones were produced by the same large-scale manufacturing facilities that still produce mics for dozens of brands known around the world. However, Siwei felt the need for a higher standard of quality and artistic control over his mics, and in 2003 the company opened its very own production facility in Shanghai. Since 2008, the sE factory has been run by Siwei's daughter, who presides over the day-to-day operations of the company and all of its 65 employees, including their team of 12 skilled staff engineers. At this facility, sE manufactures nearly everything that goes into their microphones. Today, sE Electronics is made up of specialized design, engineering and production teams, and has a global sales and marketing team across Europe and the USA.... Read more
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Hohner Harponette Harmonica
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Hohner Harponette Harmonica

£104.99

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The Hohner Harponette was originally released in 1909. A hundred years later, Hohner's master instrument makers have crafted a particularly attractive replica model entirely manufactured in Trossingen, Germany. It features a CNC-milled bordeaux red casing, into which a high-quality Richter harmonica is inset and enables the player to produce a uniquely warm and sonorous tone. A must for any harmonica collector The Hohner Harponette comes in a luxurious embossed case with a magnetic closure. Doussié wood comb 10 Hole Diatonic tuned 0.9 mm brass reed plates 20 brass reeds Stainless steel covers with Harponette embossing CNC-milled solid spruce casing, attractively laquered, with authentic silver imprint Elegantly styled vintage cardboard case with practical magnetic closure Available in C-major ... Read more
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Hohner HH01 Harmonica Holder KM1700
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Hohner HH01 Harmonica Holder KM1700

£14.99

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The Hohner HH01 Harmonica Holder is a fantastic solution for hands free playing, ideal for buskers and guitar players. Its construction assure a good and secured positioning of the 10 hole blues harmonica. Play your 10-hole harmonica today hands-free with this traditional Hohner Harmonica Holder. Designed for 10-hole harps Plastic-coated metal neck brace Secure double sided spring clamp ... Read more
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Hohner HH154 Harmonica Holder
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Hohner HH154 Harmonica Holder

£19.99

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The Hohner HH154 Harmonica Holder is a professional solution for hands free playing of standard 10, 12 and 14 hole harmonicas. This secure, sturdy and comfortable design fits any neck size and affords unlimited positioning for comfortable play. This is the perfect choice for buskers and anybody who wants to be hands free. • Fits Marine Band 24, 28, Soloist and tremolo & octave tuned harmonicas as well as 10-hole harps • Plastic-coated metal neck brace... Read more
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Hohner Instant Workshop Toolkit
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Hohner Instant Workshop Toolkit

£277.99

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Hohner Instant Workshop Toolkit - The Harmonica Service Set contains everything you need for basic harmonica maintenance. In combination with our online tutorials, this small assortment of high quality tools for tuning, reed adjustment and valve replacement is also suitable for players taking their first steps in harmonica maintenance. The Instant Workshop Toolkit is an extended version of the basic set, featuring specialized tools for reed replacement. Recommended for experienced harmonica technicians only. 1 combination de-riveting tool 1 reamer 1.4 - 1 universal holder 1 drill bit - 1 tap 1.4 1 screwdriver 1 star nut spanner 50 nuts 1.4 50 stud bolts 1.4 2 manuals 1 DVD Please be aware that harmonica maintenance and repair demands a light touch and needs to be learned. We recommend working on an old instrument first and accept no liability for any consequences arising from use of these tools or the techniques described in the online tutorials.... Read more
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Hohner John Lennon Signature M592016 Harmonica
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Hohner John Lennon Signature M592016 Harmonica

£62.99

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This model is discontinued. However, Hohner now produces The Beatles Signature Harmonica as an alternative The Hohner John Lennon Signature features brilliant white cover plates, stylish packaging and a clear acrylic comb, the John Lennon Signature Series Harmonica by Hohner is hand-made in Germany and will pay tribute to the legacy of its namesake. One of the greatest musicians and composers of the 20th century, John Lennon began playing the harmonica when he was a child in Liverpool and was greatly influenced in the 1960's by American blues music. His playing on #1 hit songs like "Love Me Do","From Me to You","Please Please Me," and "I Should Have Known Better" inspired a whole new generation of harmonica players. Hand-made in Trossignen, Germany, this premium harp is perfect for any collector, fan, or serious harmonica player. Hohner is proud to celebrate John Lennon's spirit of creativity. The M592016 harmonica is a 10-hole Marine Band-style diatonic harp in the key of C. It comes in a clear acrylic case and a white cardboard display box with a magnetic closure. Original Blues Harp with gold-plated reed plates in C-Major Exclusive stainless steel covers with special embossing Specially imprinted Doussie wood comb Robust case with John Lennon imprint in Silver. Comes in a John Lennon designed case. Key: C ... Read more
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Hohner Marine Band 1896 Classic 5 Pack
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Hohner Marine Band 1896 Classic 5 Pack

£156.99

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- C, D, E, G, A Hohner Marine Band 1896 Classic 5 Pack - C, D, E, G, A  - Save money with this five pack of Hohner Marine Band 1896 harmonicas in the most popular keys of C, D, E, G and A, which is significantly less expensive than purchasing these harps individually. Also included in the pack is a handy neoprene carry case that will accommodate up to 7 diatonic harmonicas. The Marine Band 1896 is the archetypal blues harmonica. Almost unchanged since it was patented in 1896, this iconic instrument embodies the real deep blues like no other and is the benchmark against which all others are judged. Initially designed for European folk music, it quickly became a prominent voice of American blues of the early 20th century, played by all harmonica players of this era. It’s the soundtrack of broken hearts and dancing all night, of endless prairies and sweaty nightclubs. Like no other harmonica, the Marine Band 1896 is an invitation to express yourself in music, a key to unlock your creativity. When you discover this piece of living musical history, you won’t just play the blues. You’ll feel the blues.... Read more
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Hohner Marine Band 1896 Pro Pack
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Hohner Marine Band 1896 Pro Pack

£95.99

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The Hohner Marine Band 1896 Pro Pack contains three of the most popular keys (C, G & A) of the Hohner Marine Band 1896 classic original blues harmonica. Today it is still manufactured in much the same way as when it was first introduced in 1896. Its uniquely authentic sound has defined the role of the harmonica in the blues tradition and made it the benchmark by which all others are judged. Played by iconic figures such as Little Walter, Paul Butterfield, and Bob Dylan. Save money by ordering this pack instead of three individual Mouth organs. Original cover design from 1896 ensures the classic blues sound Greatly reduced swelling behaviour through double-coated pear wood comb Reeds: 20 Brass Reed Plates: 0.9mm brass Comb: Pearwood, brown Mouthpiece: pearwood lacquered Cover surface: Stainless steel Pack includes 3 x Marine Band 1896 classic in Keys: C, G & A ... Read more
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Hohner Pioneer Harmonica
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Hohner Pioneer Harmonica

£12.99

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On December 16th 1965, a musical instrument was played in outer space for the first time - the HOHNER Little Lady. As this event demonstrates, HOHNER harmonicas are played literally everywhere. Be part of this world and enjoy music - everywhere. The Hohner Pioneer was made to commemorate the Pioneering spirit that sent brave men and women to choose an unknown path and to launch a Pioneering new direction in harmonica design. Features Transparent body Made in the most popular key -- C-major Durable Stainless steel plates Innovative and great looking clear ABS Reed Plate surface, Mouthpiece & Comb. ... Read more
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Hohner Remaster Vol I Harmonica
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Hohner Remaster Vol I Harmonica

£29.99

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The Hohner Remaster Vol I is part of the 2016 collectors edition remaster series. Comb: Transparent ABS Number of hole: 10 Reeds: 20 brass Reed Plates: 0.9mm brass Read Plate Surface: brass Cover Surface: Stainless steel Mouthpiece Surface: transparent ABS Length: 10.5 cm Comes in a unique pouch, see picture for details Keys: C major ... Read more
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Hohner Remaster Vol II Harmonica
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Hohner Remaster Vol II Harmonica

£29.99

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The Hohner Remaster Vol II is part of the 2016 collectors edition remaster series. Comb: Transparent ABS Number of hole: 10 Reeds: 20 brass Reed Plates: 0.9mm brass Read Plate Surface: brass Cover Surface: Stainless steel Mouthpiece Surface: transparent ABS Length: 10.5 cm Comes in a unique pouch, see picture for details Keys: C major ... Read more
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Hohner Remaster Vol III Harmonica
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Hohner Remaster Vol III Harmonica

£29.99

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The Hohner Remaster Vol III is part of the 2016 collectors edition remaster series. Comb: Brow transparent ABS Number of hole: 10 Reeds: 20 brass Reed Plates: 0.9mm brass Read Plate Surface: brass Cover Surface: Stainless steel Mouthpiece Surface: transparent ABS Length: 10.5 cm Comes in a unique pouch, see picture for details Keys: C major ... Read more
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Hohner See-Thru Happy Green Harmonica
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Hohner See-Thru Happy Green Harmonica

£6.99

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The Hohner See-Thru Happy Green Harmonica is a genuine 10-hole Richter harmonica with plastic covers, available in four different colours. It is an excellent low-priced beginners instrument for blues, folk and rock. This would also be a fantastic harp choice for children. Reeds: 20 brass Comb: ABS, Green Reed Plates: 0.9mm aluminium Reed Plate Surface: aluminium Number of Holes: 10 Key: C-major Length: 10cm Available in blue, red, green and yellow ... Read more
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Hohner Marine Band to the Meisterklasse

Testament to the success of Hohner's early designs is that one of its best-selling harmonicas - the Marine Band Classic - is virtually unchanged (bar the odd cosmetic difference) from the model available at the end of the 19th Century. It still features reed plates that are nailed to a wooden comb, and cover plates that are also held in place with nails, although the intonation is slightly altered to reflect modern tastes.

Today, Hohner offers a wide range of harmonicas to suit a variety of playing styles and budgets. This includes low-priced and children's models, such as the Blues Bender and Happy Harps, all the way up to highly rated diatonics, like the Meisterklasse 580/20, and top end chromatics, such as the Silver Concerto.

From Blues Harmonicas to Jazz and Classical Instruments

The primary division in the professional level diatonic range is between Marine Band, Progressive Series and MS Series harps. The Marine Band range of harmonicas all feature wooden combs, whilst the Progressive models all have plastic combs and the MS Series have interchangeable wooden, aluminium or plastic combs. MS Series harps were effectively Hohner's response to the Lee Oskar range, which has a similar modular construction, enabling parts to be combined from different harmonicas. Hohner's chromatic harmonicas are, similarly, grouped into four main ranges: Chrometta, CX12, Chromonica and Performance. Of these, all but the first are produced solely in Germany. The Chrometta range is Hohner's introduction to chromatic harmonicas. Keenly priced, they represent a good entry point for anyone who wishes to try out a chromatic, but doesn't want to commit to a three figure spend. The CX12 is a modern chromatic, with a striking design, great ergonomics and the ability to be dismantled for cleaning an maintenance without the need for tools. Chromonicas are traditionally styled chromatics largely based on the chromatic harp that Hohner first began producing in the 1920s. These are available as traditionally constructed 12 hole chromatics (Chromonica 48), an uprated 12 hole with thicker reed plates and modern construction (Chromonica 270 Deluxe) and a mid-priced 16 hole chromatic (Chromonica 64). The Performance range encompasses a wide variety of high end models, from the popular Super 64 all the way up to the stunning (and stunningly expensive!) Silver Concerto.

The Best Hohner Harmonicas for Beginners

For most players who are starting out with diatonics, one of the less expensive MS Series harps won't break the bank, but will offer sufficient durability and tone that the player will not necessarily feel the need to upgrade when their skills improve. They also feature replaceable reed plates, which makes them more cost effective to own in the long run than cheaper Chinese made harps that can only be disposed of when a reed snaps or goes out of tune. Both the Juke Harp and the Big River offer very similar construction and playability and are priced below £30 - something of a bargain for a German made harmonica.

The Best Hohner Harmonicas for Experienced Players

For those who are comfortable spending a little more, the Rocket offers easier bending, greater volume and a very smooth feeling comb - perfect for playing fast blues licks. This harp is also available as a model designed specifically for amplification, through its use of non-vented cover plates (Rocket Amp), and as one that offers low tunings (Rocket Low)

Musicians seeking a more traditional sound and construction are often drawn to the Marine Band range. The least expensive harmonica in this range - the 1896 Classic - is still one of the best sounding and playing harps on the market, but it does have the drawbacks of an unsealed comb and nailed construction. These aren't deal breakers for many players, who prefer the sound of an untreated comb, but it is worth noting that they require more looking after than a harmonica with a metal or plastic comb, and changing reed plates is considerably more difficult than on a harmonica that uses screws. The Marine Band 1896 is also the only currently available Hohner diatonic that can be purchased in natural and harmonic minor tunings, which makes it a popular choice for those wishing to play minor key blues or eastern music.

The more expensive Deluxe and Crossover/Thunderbird models from the Marine Band range offer the best of both worlds - swell resistant wooden combs combined with modern construction, but they do come in at significantly higher price points. It's worth noting here that the Thunderbird is one of the only Hohner diatonics that is available in low tunings.

The Best Hohner Chromatic Harmonicas

Hohner's chromatic range very much follows the same split between modern and traditional. The Chromonica 48 is not dissimilar in construction to the 1896 Classic, whilst the CX12 goes fully down the modern, functional body route. Both offer great value and are perfect starting points for aspiring chromatic players.

Further up the chromatic range, you will find the Super 64 - beloved of Stevie Wonder and used extensively on some of his most famous recordings. Beyond this, you're into the realms of very special chromatics - from the Meisterklasse and Amadeus, all the way up to the Silver Concerto, which is only available as a made to order item with a 3 month lead time, and whose price varies with the current silver spot price.

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