The Classic Sound of the Blues!
THE ORIGINAL BLUES HARMONICA
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.
John Lennon, Paul Butterfield, Little Walter, Neil Young, and just about every serious musician who has played blues-style harp began with a Hohner Marine Band harmonica. Hohner spent more than 100 years perfecting this amazing little instrument, and when you cup one in your hand, it’s easy to tell the difference between a Marine Band harmonica and the next best thing – the Marine Band harmonica just feels right. The number one choice of top professionals, this harmonica has a rich and expressive sound that defines what most people think of when they imagine the sound of a harmonica. When you pick up a Hohner Marine Band harmonica, you don’t just open a door to a world of music, you grab a little piece of music history
- Reed plates (material, thickness): brass, 0.9 mm
- Reed plates (surface): brass
- Reeds (number, material): 20, brass
- Comb (material, colour): pearwood, brown
- Comb (finish): double lacquered
- Mouthpiece (surface): pearwood
- Cover plates: stainless steel
- Keys: HG, F#, F, E, Eb, D, Db, C, B(H), Bb, A, Ab, G
- Type: diatonic
- Tuning: Richter, Harmonica Minor and Natural Minor.
- Nm and hm just in F#, F, E, Eb, D, Db, C, B(H), Bb, A, Ab, G
- Number of holes: 10
- Tonal range: 3 octaves
- Length: 10 cm / 3.9”