Hohner Marine Band 1896 Classic Harmonica

Model: HMB1C

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Hohner Marine Band 1896 Classic Harmonica

The Hohner Marine Band 1896 Classic harmonica is the 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.

Like the original Marine Band, the current 1896 model uses traditional long slot brass reeds, an open back and a pearwood comb to provide the warm and raspy tone beloved of blues, folk and country players throughout the world. Unlike older models, however, it doesn't use 7 Limit Just Intonation, but instead utilises a modern compromise tuning. This is closer to Just than many of Hohner's other harmonicas, such as the MS range, but still allows single note melodies to sound pure and sweet.

The Marine Band Classic is one of the few Hohner diatonics that is available in a full range of natural and harmonic minor tunings. For low tunings, we  recommend the Hohner Thunderbird, which has been designed from the ground up as a low tuned harmonica, but still has similar tone and feel to the classic Marine Band.

Should you wish to replace reed plates on the Marine Band Classic, we recommend upgrading to the Andrew Zajac Marine Band Conversion Kit, which replaces the stock nails with a bolted setup, and makes the process of changing reed plates significantly easier.

  • 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
  • Made in Germany
  • Check the Key for additional tuning options: Natural Minor & Harmonic Minor

 

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Product Specification

Harmonica TypeDiatonic Harmonica
Number of Holes10
Comb MaterialWood
Number of Reeds20
Spare Reeds Available?Yes
TuningRichter
Valved?No
Musical StylesBlues, Rock, Pop, Eastern, Folk
Available KeysD - Harmonic Minor, E - Harmonic Minor, G - Harmonic Minor, C Harmonic Minor, B Flat - Harmonic Minor, B - Harmonic Minor, A - Harmonic Minor, A, B Flat, D, G, C, F, E, B, E Flat, F Sharp, D Flat, A Flat, A - Natural Minor, F Sharp - Harmonic Minor, E Flat - Natural Minor, D Flat - Natural Minor, G - Natural Minor, E - Natural Minor, C - Natural Minor, F Sharp - Natural Minor, F - Natural Minor, D - Natural Minor, B - Natural Minor, A Flat - Natural Minor, B Flat - Natural Minor

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