The Marine Band is the original blues harmonica. Today it is still manufactured in much the same way as when it was first introduced in 1896. Its uniquely authentic sound has defined the role of the harmonica in the blues tradition and made it the benchmark by which all others are judged. The archetypal blues harmonica with the traditional HOHNER tuning. Diatonic, in G.
The Hohner Marine Band 1896 is the original blues harmonica. Diatonic, key of G.
The original spirit of blues, made in Germany. The Marine Band 1896 is the continuation of the iconic model manufactured in the late 19th century and which for more than 100 years has been the representative sound of blues, country and folk of American origin.
Patented in 1896, the Marine Band was initially built with European popular music in mind, but its portability and affordable price meant that it was in the suitcase of many who left for the United States in the great wave of emigration of the early 20th century, ending for finding a home on the plains and agricultural fields of the center and south of the country, and being the heartfelt voice of the lonely, the romantic, the excluded.
The Hohner Marine Band 1896 is made following the original manufacturing process, as winning formulas do not change. The roof is still nailed with 4 nails as it was 100 years ago. The reeds are based on a pear comb, a wood with a delicate texture but very resistant.
The cover has two side air vents and the simple decoration maintains the decorative motifs that have characterized Marine Band since the beginning.
The only innovation that Hohner applied in the construction of the Marine Band was to apply varnish to the comb to preserve the wood and prevent changes in its morphology caused by changes in humidity.
The Hohner Marine Band 1896 is diatonic, with 10 entries and an extension of three octaves. The reeds are arranged to allow the individual execution of each of the notes of the major diatonic scale. As it is in G, only the F is sharp.
Another characteristic of this harmonic is the Richter standard tuning, which allows the playing of melody and harmony, making it possible to play the tonic and dominant chords at the bottom of the harmonic and the notes of the scale sequentially, alternating breath and aspiration.
Founded in 1857 in Germany, Hohner is one of the largest references of musical instrument manufacturers in the world, specializing in accordions, electromechanical keyboards and wind instruments as harmonics. Any Hohner instrument is synonymous with German quality and precision.
The exclusive and authentic sound of the Marine Band 1896 defined the role of the harmonica in the blues tradition and became the reference for all the blues harmonics that followed. It is a piece of music history, alive and sound, that you can have in your hands.