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Marine Band Harmonicas

Built to Order
Custom Hohner Marine Band 1896

Built to Order Custom Harmonicas are built according to your exact specifications.  You choose the Brand, Model, Key, Comb Material, Comb Color, Tuning and Set-up.  Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery.  If you want or need a harp sooner than 6-8 weeks, please visit our Ready-to-Go Custom Harps page where you will find a wide variety of the most popular models and keys.  These harps are available for immediate shipping.

The Marine Band 1896 is arguably the most popular harmonica in the history of the world.  It has remained essentially unchanged for almost 100 years.  It has been the harmonica of choice for both professionals and enthusiasts for decades.

The Standard Set-up for our harmonicas is a "Blues Set-up".  These harmonicas are designed for playing Traditional Blues, Rock, Country, Gospel and Folk music.  They feature the following upgrades:

  • All nails are replaced with screws
  • Installation of a Custom Blue Moon Comb
  • Draw Plate flat sanded and tapped for screws
  • Covers opened in the back
  • Gaps adjusted for optimum response
  • Reed profiles checked and shaped if necessary
  • Tuned to Modern Compromise Temperament @ A=442Hz (alternate tunings available upon request)

The Standard Set-up for our harmonicas is a "Blues Set-up".  These harmonicas are designed for playing Traditional Blues, Rock, Country, Gospel and Folk music.  They feature the following upgrades:

  • Installation of a Custom Blue Moon Comb
  • Draw Plate flat sanded
  • Gaps adjusted for optimum response
  • Reed profiles checked and shaped if necessary
  • Tuned to Modern Compromise Temperament @ A=442Hz (alternate tunings available upon request)

Our Standard Blues Set-up is the harmonica of choice for most players.  These harps are airtight, responsive, in tune, very comfortable in your hands and on your lips and tongue.  Although we don't promote them as "Overblow Harps", it very easy to Overblow the 4, 5 and 6 on these harps (assuming you know how to overblow).  If you want a full blown custom harp that can be played chromatically by use of Overblows and Overdraws, this will require an extensive amount of additional reed work and customization. Consequently, there is an additional charge to produce such a harmonica. 


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