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Andrew Zajac Marine Band Conversion Kit


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  • Replaces the nailed Marine Band 1896 Classic with a bolted setup.
  • More secure and user friendly.
  • Makes changing reed plates, or combs a much simpler process.

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Andrew Zajac Marine Band Conversion Kit

Andrew Zajac Marine Band Conversion Kit contains all of the parts you need to convert your 1896 Classic to a more robust and user friendly bolted setup.

Almost every harmonica player had owned a Marine Band 1896 harmonica. They are the traditional gold standard diatonic harmonica.

For many, the fact they are assembled with nails can cause a problem if you want to improve the comb, perform reed work or embossing. This kit provides you with the necessary stainless steel screws and nuts as well as instructions to convert a Marine Band 1896 from nails to all-screw assembly.

(A pairing knife to open the Marine Band 1896, a drill and other commonly available supplies are not included with this kit but are easily obtainable.)

Nuts are used instead to adding the extra steps of tapping (creating a thread) the draw plate to speed up the process. This simplified approach is the easiest way to convert from nails to screws.


Six Stainless Steel M2 screws for the reed plates and the cover plates
Six Stainless Steel M2 Nuts
One checklist to help you through the process

Three screws hold the reed plates to the comb and two more hold the covers on to the reed plates.

Only five screws and nuts are needed for this job but an extra set is included just in case… These screws have a Phillips head – No need to buy a weird-tipped screwdriver to use these!

Additional information

Weight 0.2 kg


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