Marine Band 1896 Classic

The One, The Only, The Original.

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.




  • Original cover design from 1896 ensures the classic blues sound
  • Greatly reduced swelling behavior through double-coated pear wood comb


item nameMarine Band 1896 Classic
Number of holes10
Reeds20 brass
Cover surfacestainless steel
Reed plates0,9 mm brass
Reed plate surfacebrass
Mouthpiece surfacepearwood lacquered
Combpearwood, brown
Comb surfaceclear lacquer
Length10 cm
Tuning chart
Blow C4 E4 G4 C5 E5 G5 C6 E6 G6 C7
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Draw D4 G4 B(H)4 D5 F5 A5 B(H)5 D6 F6 A6

Testimonials Marine Band 1896 Classic

I am Marine Band!
Joe Filisko

I have played Hohners since I bought my first Marine Band back in 1969. I've tried many different brands of harmonicas, but for me Hohner has always been the best.
Howard Levy

I’ve been playing harmonica for more than sixteen years, and I have tested so many brands and custom harps. But I haven’t found anyhing like HOHNER. I have tried every Hohner harmonica, but my favorite one as a blues instrument is the Marine Band.
Victor Puertas

The Hohner Marine Band Harmonica is my voice in the Blues. No other instrument has given me so much, and no other brand has performed so well for me.
David Barrett

I have tried all the Hohner diatonic harp models and I find that Marine band works for me just the way I needed to. It's easy to play it and it has a soft but rich sound. For me, it is the nearest to the perfect diatonic model. And yes, it has got that old blues mojo to...:)
Tomislav Goluban

The Marine Band is my weapon of choice. I've never found anything that sounds like a Marine Band, that sounds as good.
Kurt Jelly Roll Johnson

I've been using the Hohner Marine Band Harmonica for 40 years. It's one of the very few products where a professional like me will choose to use exactly the same instrument he began with.
Adam Gussow

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