Marine Band Thunderbird

Blowin' Up A Storm.

Tuned one octave lower than standard harps, the Marine Band Thunderbird opens up previously unknown creative possibilities for the player to discover new worlds of tone with the meanest, fattest low-pitched sound around.

The Thunderbird‘s unique cover design is based on an innovation pioneered by renowned customizer Joe Filisko. The front of the bottom cover is raised at the lower end and tapers off towards the high end. This gives the draw reeds sufficient space to vibrate freely at even the lowest pitches without striking the cover, thus eliminating reed rattle. The Thunderbird boasts a full, powerful sound unparalleled among low-pitched harmonicas. Its revolutionary construction also incorporates the patented laminated bamboo comb first used in the Crossover.




  • Available in 9 keys (LF, LE, LD, LC, Lbb, LA, LG, LLF).
  • Special new reed profiles ensure fast response and high volume even
    at extremely low pitch.
  • Full, powerful sound through patented laminated bamboo comb
    and revolutionary cover design.
  • Fully sealed bamboo comb prevents swelling.
  • Reed plate edges and channel openings with Ultraglide coating
    are rounded off for greater playing comfort.
  • Sturdy zipper case allows moisture to evaporate while keeping dust out.


item nameMarine Band Thunderbird
Number of holes10
Reeds20 brass
Cover surfacestainless steel
Reed plates0,9 mm brass
Reed plate surfacebrass
Mouthpiece surfaceSuperGlide lacquer
Combbamboo, blond
Comb surfaceclear lacquer
Length10 cm
Tuning chart
Blow F3 A3 C4 F4 A4 C5 F5 A5 C6 F6
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Draw G3 C4 E4 G4 Bb4 D5 E5 G5 Bb5 D6

Testimonials Marine Band Thunderbird

I like the Hohner harmonicas, mostly the Golden Melodies, Marine Bands, CX-12 chromatics, and the new low tuned  Thunderbirds…I really  enjoy and feel the long history, good quality, and something more when I’m playing  Hohner harmonicas…
Matyas Pribojszki

Artists known for their Marine Band Thunderbird music

Blues & Swing
Blues, Pop, Rock
Classical, Jazz, Blues
Harmonica Customizing Legend
THE BOSSHOSS - Country Rock
Traditional & Contemporary Blues
Pop, Rock, Blues & Jazz
RICK ESTRIN AND THE NIGHTCATS - Blues & Roadhouse Rock ‘N’ Roll
Blues & Folk

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