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.
Marine Band Classic 1896
Hohner Marine Band Classic 1896 is the most famous harmonica from Hohner. Like no other harmonica, the Marine Band 1896 is an invitation to express yourself in music, a key to unlock your creativity.
|Reed plates (material, thickness):||brass, 0.9 mm|
|Reed plates (surface):||brass|
|Reeds (number, material):||20, brass|
|Comb (material, color):||pearwood, brown|
|Comb (finish):||double lacquered|
|Cover plates:||stainless steel|
|Keys:||HG, F#, F, E, Eb, D, Db, C, B(H), Bb, A, Ab, G|
|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”|
Harmonicas Ireland have 3 levels of harmonica set up for Diatonic harmonicas. These levels range from basic to intermediate to advanced levels of set up.
Basic Level: This work includes embossing of reed slots, this helps prevent air loss and so increases the harmonica’s volume and response of the reed within it’s reed slot on the reed-plate. Basic level harmonicas are lightly embossed with reeds gapped for optimal playing. Available for all harmonicas.
Price: 100 plus cost of harmonica
Intermediate level: Intermediate level custom harmonicas have heavier embossing done to them. This procedure is also available for all harmonicas. Reeds are profiled to sit in their slots and gapped for optimum playing also. This process also suits diatonic harmonicas by making it easier to play and achieve over blows in holes 4, 5 and 6 reeds and over draw hole 7, great for the over blowers out there!
Price: 150 plus cost of harmonica
Advanced level: Advanced level custom harmonicas as the intermediate whereas advanced; all reeds are embossed and set up for over blow/draw. Reeds are chamfered and tuned to give a rich tone. A dream to play for the advanced play who likes to over-blow/draw and play chromatic scales on a diatonic harmonica!
Price: 250 plus cost of harmonica