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★★★★★
Value
90%
Quality
80%
Sound
87%

Features

  • Reeds: 20
  • Reedplates: Brass; 0.9 mm;
  • Comb: Pearwood
  • Length in cm: approx. 10.0

Is the Hohner Marine Band Any Good?

The Hohner Marine Band 1896, or Classic Marine Band, has been around for years. In fact, it is the mouth harp that most other mouth harps are compared to. It has been a staple practically since blues began. Legends like Bob Dylan have blasted out the Blues on the Marine Band many times, and for a good reason. It’s sturdy, reliable, and dependable. The quality craftsmanship includes a wood comb, 20 reeds, and stainless steel covers, as well as side vents. However, it does have one problem. It’s not easy to take apart for cleaning and tuning. So, it may be easier to replace than repair, if something does go wrong. However, it is built to be tough, rugged, and long-lasting.

That said, the Special 20 uses the Marine Band technology and we prefer the Hohner Special 20 because the plastic comb on the Special 20 doesn’t swell over time.

From the Manufacturer

This attractive and robust instrument is a quality staple for beginners and a sure performer for seasoned veterans. An original Hohner harmonica at an affordable price!

PROS

This is the quintessential blues harmonica from Chicago Blues Era. It’s a total classic.

CONS

As the harp ages the wood comb can swell over time from absorbing moisture which can tear up your lips. Ouch… Have you ever heard the line from Bob Dylan’s song Sweetheart Like You, “Got to play your harp until your lips bleed.” Well now you know why. : )

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