HOHNER Diatonic Harmonica, Marine Band 1896 - Key of Ab

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HOHNER Diatonic Harmonica, Marine Band 1896 - Key of Ab

MODEL 1896


The Original

When the Marine Band was first introduced to the American market in 1896, no one could have foreseen the lasting impact this instrument would have on the future of popular music. The affordable price and small size made it the perfect travelling companion, while the unique wailing sound of note bending opened up a whole new world of creative expression to the player.

This was the starting point of our Marine Band Series, which has gone on to play a key role in unleashing the raw emotion of the blues, the free spirit of country or the energy of rock ’n’ roll. From the classic 1896 to the modern Crossover, the Marine Band Series offers a range of genre-defining instruments which are the choice for countless leading harmonica artists today. All Marine Band models are made in Germany.


The Original Blues Harmonica

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.


Key Features

  • Traditional assembly with nails- Reed plates and covers are affixed with nails for the traditional look and feel
  • Curved covers with side vents -Curved covers with side vents for the original blues sound
  • Double Lacquered pearwood comb -Comb sealer with 2 layers of clear lacquer to reduce swelling

Technical Specifications

Reed plates (material, thickness):

brass, 0.9 mm

Reed plates (surface):


Reeds (number, material):

20, brass

Comb (material, color):

pearwood, brown

Comb (finish):

double lacquered

Mouthpiece (surface):


Cover plates:

stainless steel


HG, F#, F, E, Eb, D, Db, C, B(H), Bb, A, Ab, G




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:


Tonal range:

3 octaves


10 cm / 3.9”


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