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Hohner Marine Band 1896

Hohner Marine Band
  • Hohner Marine Band
  • Marine Band 1896
  • Marine Band 1896
  • £30.99
  • RRP from £37.99
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The code number 1896 refers to the year that Hohner introduced this model ‘the worlds best selling harmonica.’ The Marine Band is Internationally recognized by performers for its beauty and simplicity, this is the most favoured and famous harmonica in the world.
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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.


  • 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 sealed with 2 layers of clear lacquer to reduce swelling



  • 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.
  • Number of holes: 10
  • Tonal range: 3 octaves
  • Length: 10 cm / 3.9”



Category Diatonic Harmonica
Playing Level Beginner
Harmonica Comb Material Wood
Valved Harmonica Non Valved
Delivery & Returns

  Royal Mail announce changes to Special Delivery and Customer Service Points.
In light of the recent advice given by the government regarding COVID-19, please be aware of the following announcement from Royal Mail advising of changes to their services.

Special Deliveries.

Due to increased absence levels, we’ve reviewed our timed guarantees for Special Delivery Guaranteed by 9am and 1pm services and will make the following changes.

For items posted from Tuesday 31 March 2020 onwards, our guarantee delivery for Special Delivery Guaranteed by 9.00am the next working day will change to by 12.00pm the next working day*. Our guaranteed delivery for Special Delivery Guaranteed by 1.00pm will change to by 9.00pm the next working day*.

We will endeavor to ensure that orders are speedily processed and despatched the same day if at all possible.

Ordered items requiring setting up in the workshop will be despatched within 1-2 days using DPD Local Next Day Delivery (next day being the day after it leaves Eagle Music Shop). On the day of delivery you will receive a text message with your hours delivery time slot

You will be informed immediately if there is a problem with any part of your order or if any item is 'out of stock'.

NB : Orders processed on a Saturday but will not leave us until the Monday as Royal Mail and DPD Local do not collect from us at the Weekend.

You can read our full deliveries policy here.

Should you not be entirely happy with your purchase, or you have ordered an incorrect item, Eagle Music is happy to refund your purchase (excluding postage) within 28 days providing the goods are in a fully resaleable condition (including the original undamaged packaging) and not featured within the Exclusion Policy. (Exclusions apply to selected products).

Please note the following exclusions:

DVD's and CD's cannot be returned unless they are faulty

Banjo heads cannot be returned once you have tried to fit them to your banjo

Harmonica's have a 7 day guarantee and can be returned within this time if they are found to be faulty

Goods must be returned to Eagle Music together with a covering letter and contact details so that the matter can be dealt with efficiently and promptly.

You can read our full returns policy here.


10 reviews for Hohner Marine Band 1896

Gordon Browne

by on 2019-01-08


Rated 5 out of 5

Brian Knight

by on 2018-11-30

The usual Hohner quality

Rated 5 out of 5

Robert Batchelor

by on 2017-02-07

Not as comfortable as a Special20 a good tone

Rated 4 out of 5

christian presse

by on 2014-11-24

Gig and jam

Rated 5 out of 5

Beasley Beasley

by on 2014-08-26

fast delivery. Item as described in new condition.

Rated 5 out of 5

Paul Ahmed

by on 2014-07-23

This is a classic harmonica with a nice tone and feel. I use it equally for folk, pop and blues.

Rated 5 out of 5

Roselle Mason

by on 2014-04-07

Bought this a present for my partner. Can't comment on it myself but he is very pleasaed with the it

Rated 5 out of 5

christian presse

by on 2013-12-02

Good sound

Rated 4 out of 5

Steven Howis

by on 2013-09-28

Harmonica.I use for folk and blues.
Hohner marine band the essential blues harp Well made product and the right sound!

Rated 5 out of 5

Allan Garforth

by on 2013-08-21

Used in conjunction with my guitar.These harps are excellent quality and I would highly recommend them to anybody who is thinking of taking up harmonica.

Rated 5 out of 5

Rated 4.8 out of 5 based on 10 customer reviews

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