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Marine Band 1896 with Fancy Acrylic Comb

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Important Announcement

Effective April 17, 2017, I will take a break from building harmonicas to order.  Blue Moon Harmonicas is not a giant company with 100’s of employees.  It is one guy, in Clearwater, FL, building harps, one at a time, as they are ordered by you - my customer.  Summer is rapidly approaching.  The kids will be out of school.  We’ve got some trips and vacations planned.  I am already backed up with orders for harmonicas.  It will take me a month to get caught up as it is.  I see no point in allowing customers to design and purchase harmonicas when I know that I won’t have time to build them until August or September.    I apologize if this has caught you off guard.  If you have already placed an order prior to today, fear not, it will be built and shipped within the next 3-4 weeks.

Custom Combs are Available for Immediate Delivery
This break does not apply to Custom Combs.  I have 100’s of custom combs in stock.  They are prepped and ready for immediate delivery.

Harmonica Kits

I will begin offering Harmonica Kits within the next couple of days.  If you want a Hohner Harmonica, a Harmonica Kit will consist of your choice of a Custom Comb and a New Harmonica.  If you want a Suzuki, you will receive a Custom Comb, a set of Reed Plates and a set of Covers.  I buy complete harps from Hohner. I buy individual components from Suzuki. 

Along with the Harmonica Kits, I will also post some How-To Videos on YouTube which will provide instructions about how to do some basic work on the Reed Plates.  This will include:

  • Flat Sanding the Draw Plate
  • Gapping the Reeds and Adjusting the Profile
  • Tuning

These things are fairly simple and greatly improve the responsiveness and tone of the harmonica.

Ready-to-Go Custom Harmonicas

Lastly, I will be offering small batches of “Ready-to-Go” Custom Harmonicas.  I will offer 10-15-20 harps at a time.  The “Bad News” is that you will not have the ability to choose the Custom Comb but the “Good News” is that they will be ready for immediate delivery.  No waiting!  I will post announcements on Facebook, Modern Blues Harmonica and harp-l when another batch of Ready-to-Go harps is available.

Thanks for your support.  Thanks for understanding that we all need a break every now and then. 


Tom Halchak
Owner – Blue Moon Harmonicas LLC


Classic Marine Band 1896
with Fancy Acrylic Comb

The Marine Band 1896 is the original classic Marine Band harmonica. ?ÿIt is easily the most popular, best selling diatonic harmonica ever. ?ÿIt remains the ony pro-level harmonica that is assembled using nails to fasten the reed plates and covers to the comb. ?ÿHarmonica Customizers have been disassembling the MB1896 for decades. ?ÿThe Blue Moon version of this classic harmonica will have the following upgrades:

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

Please note that at present we are stocking the keys of G, A, Bb, C, D and F which are the most popular keys. If you would like another key that is not listed, let us know and we will be happy to special order it for you. It will take about a week to get it in for you.


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