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Hohner M189693 Marine Band 1896 Classic in C Diatonic Harmonica

Original price £32.99 - Original price £32.99
Original price
£32.99 - £32.99
Current price £32.99
The original blues harmonica and historically the world‘s most popular harmonica.

Hohner Marine Band Harmonica

If there is a single style of music where the harmonica can be said to have had a formative influence then it has to be the blues. The instrument in question is the Marine Band 1896 Classic, the original blues harmonica and historically the world‘s most popular harmonica. Its uniquely authentic sound has defined the role of the harmonica in the blues tradition and made it the benchmark harp by which all others are judged. The pearwood comb, arched covers with side vents and traditional HOHNER tuning combine to create the legendary sound which can be heard on countless classic blues recordings from the 1920s to the present day.

In the heyday of the harmonica during the 1920s, millions of Marine Bands were exported to the USA every year. European migrants played a considerable role in the dissemination of the instrument and areas with a large population of German settlers such as Texas or Carolina also produced large numbers of black harp players. The Marine Band was cheap and readily available in any general store, so it became the most widely distributed musical instrument in the USA at this time.

Whether you want a classic blues harmonica or a cheap harmonica for beginners the Hohner Marine Band in C won't let you down.

Hohner M-189693-C Features

• Pearwood comb

• Arched stainless steel covers with side vents, nailed

• 20 Classic reeds, 0.9 mm brass reed plates, mounted with nails

• Single laquered pearwood comb

• Traditional HOHNER tuning

• Available in all major keys plus special tunings

• Handmade

Blow C4 E4 G4 C5 E5 G5 C6 E6 G6 C7
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Draw D4 G4 B(H)4 D5 F5 A5 B(H)5 D6 F6 A6

Order no. M189693
item name Marine Band 1896 Classic
type diatonic
Key C
tuning Richter
Number of holes 10
Reeds 20 brass
Cover surface stainless steel
Reed plates 0,9 mm brass
Reed plate surface brass
Mouthpiece surface pearwood lacquered
Comb pearwood, brown
Comb surface clear lacquer
length 10 cm