Hohner Marine Band 1896 Classic Harmonica

SKU: 1896C

$65
  • Good, Versatile Harmonica
  • Original cover design from 1896 ensures the classic blues sound
  • Greatly reduced swelling behavior through double-coated pear wood comb

The one, the only, the original.

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.

When Jacob HOHNER filed the patent application for his new harmonica design on January 30th 1896 in New York, nobody could have dreamed of the extent to which he would affect the future of music. Originally conceived as a folk instrument, the Marine Band has had a considerable influence on the development of blues, folk, rock and pop music.

In the early 20th century, huge numbers of Marine Band harmonicas were already being exported to the USA. Here they were eagerly adopted by African Americans, who discovered hitherto unknown playing techniques which enabled them to find their own new forms of musical expression on the instrument. The music which today we call the blues evolved out of their work songs. The Marine Band can be heard on virtually every recording by blues legends such as Little Walter Jacobs, Sonny Boy Williamson I & II, Big Walter Horton, Sonny Terry, Jimmy Reed or Big Mama Thornton.

The blues would not be what it is today without the Marine Band harmonica, but it was not exclusively a blues instrument. This model was also the first choice of artists such as Johnny Cash, John Lennon or Bob Dylan. The Marine Band became a true people‘s instrument and was played in every conceivable situation, from the back porch to the street corner to the concert hall. It contributed to the success of countless hit records, TV and film themes and has even been immortalized in literature.

This astonishingly compact little instrument defines how the majority of people perceive the harmonica to this day.


All Marine Bands are made in Germany


FEATURES

Feature 1 HL

Traditional assembly with nails

Reed plates and covers are affixed with nails for the traditional look and feel

red alt

Curved covers with side vents

Curved covers with side vents for the original blues sound

Double lacquered pearwood comb

Comb sealed with 2 layers of clear lacquer to reduce swelling


CRAFTSMANSHIP

“The key to longevity is to learn every aspect of music that you can.”, Prince

And one aspect of music is definitely the instrument you create it with.

With over 160 years of technical expertise, a sympathetic ear for our customers, and countless collaborations with musicians and teachers, we have continuously improved our craft – and will continue to do so.

Most of our harmonicas and accordions are still manufactured in Trossingen, our hometown and world headquarters. Combining modern production technology with traditional handiwork, our skilled staff produce high-quality instruments for worldwide distribution. And since most of us are musicians ourselfs, we understand and share your expectations.

Our in-house Research & Development department is staffed by highly skilled specialists for free reed instruments and is dedicated to setting and maintaining the highest standards of quality. In close cooperation with leading musicians, endorsees and teachers from around the world, we continually conceptualize new instruments and improve existing ones.

We at Hohner are proud of our craft, our quality standards, and the longevity of our instruments. We will continue to manufacture high-quality instruments that allow people worldwide to Enjoy music.

MEET HOHNER

"I Never Feel As Truly Alive As When I Play Music."

For generations, Hohner has dedicated everything towards music for a simple reason: Music is a way of life. In fact, you could say it’s the best way of life. People who aren’t into music simply don’t know what they’re missing. Of course we would say that, wouldn’t we? But like countless musicians all over the world, from beginner to professional, we feel so strongly about music that we want to help open the door to this experience to everyone. With instruments designed to convey the joy and the passion which inspires everybody to improve their skills and develop further.

We wouldn’t be where we are now, as world market leader for harmonicas and accordions, if it wasn’t for our passion and our shared commitment to our craft and the traditions which it has inspired. This is a defining element of the Hohner sound, a key to unlock the world of music. Our mission is to pass this passion on to you, with perfectly crafted instruments which enable you to truly Enjoy music.

HERITAGE

“Music is my life, it is a reflection of what I go through.”, Lenny Kravitz

A lot has happened since Matthias Hohner founded his company in Trossingen, Germany in 1857. HOHNER became the market leader in harmonicas and accordions with a worldwide network of artists through consistent dedication to quality. Our instruments have strongly influenced the development of the Blues, become a vital part of Folk music traditions around the world, played a significant role in the ongoing evolution of Jazz and found their place on the Classical concert stage. Today we continue to develop new instruments and improve existing ones. Always with the intention to enable everyone, everywhere to Enjoy music. 


Reed plates (material, thickness):brass, 0.9 mm
Reed plates (surface):brass
Reeds (number, material):20, brass
Comb (material, color):pearwood, brown
Comb (finish):double lacquered
Mouthpiece (surface):pearwood
Cover plates:stainless steel
Keys:HG, F#, F, E, Eb, D, Db, C, B(H), Bb, A, Ab, G
Type:diatonic
Tuning: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:10
Tonal range:3 octaves
Length:10 cm / 3.9”

General

Here at Logans, we will always do our best to make your order as fast and easy as possible. In most cases, we will process and ship your order next business day. 

For a variety of reasons, sometimes this is not possible. In these cases, we will always notify of the expected lead time next business day.

You will always be notified by email or phone once your order has been shipped, and will be able to track it using the provided shipping information here.

If you are looking for information on piano delivery, please skip to the bottom of the page.

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Delivery Options

Logans are pleased to offer a variety of delivery options to our customers so you can choose the shipping method that best suits your needs.

In most cases, you will receive your product in 2-5 business days from the time of your order, but we ask that you allow up to 10 business days for delivery, to account for unexpected delays.

In Store Pickup

Most products can be picked up from our Burwood store. If you choose this option at checkout, please wait for us to confirm your order has been processed before coming to pick it up. 

Courier Shipping

Logans are pleased to offer shipping by the following couriers:

  • Couriers Please
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  • Parcel Point
  • Quantium
  • Seko
  • Sendle
  • TNT
  • Toll
  • UPS
  • Clipper Parcels (Sydney Only)

In most cases, the fastest, cheapest and best options to your location will appear at checkout, allowing you to choose the courier and rate that best suits your needs. Sometimes rural and remote areas will not calculate shipping. This doesn't mean we can't ship to you, or necessarily that it's going to be particularly expensive. please contact us for an obligation free quote for your area. 


Flat Rate Shipping

Logans are pleased to offer flat rate shipping on most products to Eastern States. Please note that for most customers, courier shipping (above) will be cheaper & faster for products over 500g

 Weight  NSW VIC, QLD & ACT

NT, SA, WA & TAS

<500g*

Free

Free

Free

0.5 kg – 4.99 kg

$15

$25

$40

5 kg – 39.99 kg

$60

$60

$80

40 kg – 60 kg $150** $100 $150

 

*=additional charges apply for fragile accessories like tuners, mouthpieces and cleaning solutions

**=valid for heavier goods, including digital pianos

For very light products such as books, strings and small accessories, this will be standard Australia Post. We have send tens of thousands of books and accessories in this manner, and very rarely have issues. If your product arrives damaged, please contact us as soon as possible with photos of the product and we will replace it free of charge. 

Digital Pianos

Digital Piano delivery and setup is available in the Sydney Metro area only for the cost of $150 +$0.30 per step.

Additional surcharges apply to deliveries outside of the Sydney Metro area, and will need to be scheduled in advance. Please contact us for an obligation free quote.

As you will have to be home to show the carriers where to place your piano, we will call to schedule your delivery at a time that is convenient for you. 

Acoustic Pianos

Logans only work with the best  speciality carriers in the business - Dragon & Goninans. This ensures that your piano will arrive not only undamaged, but in tune & well regulated. Delivery to Sydney metro area is free to ground level, +$50 for each flight of stairs. 

Additional surcharges apply to deliveries outside of the Sydney Metro area, and will need to be scheduled in advance. Please contact us for an obligation free quote.

As you will have to be home to show the carriers where to place your piano, we will call to schedule your delivery at a time that is convenient for you. 

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