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Hohner Harmonica Review Plus Harmonica Accessories!

Hello Harmonica lovers!

“Review on the Hohner Marine Band Classic Harmonica & Zipper Case.” 

(If I can help you purchase a Harmonica?)

“Hohner” are arguably the biggest name in harmonicas and the oldest manufacturer in the world. Hohner have a reputation for quality instruments that are used by the most renowned harmonica players around the world today.  They also come in quantities of more than one shown in the picture below.


Hohner MBC Marine Band 5-Piece Harmonica SetG, A, C, D & E



 Hohner MBC Case of Marine Band Harmonicas in Zippered Carrying Case


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  • 5 Marine Band Harmonicas; Keys C, G, A, D, & E
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 Marine Band is the base model of the line technically named the Marine Band 1896/20 for the year it was introduced and the twenty reeds it possesses it has been the basis of several Hohner’s harmonicas over the years. It also has some tuning variations like the 1896N (natural minor key) and the 1896H (harmonica minor key). The Marine Band has been hohner’s most popular model of harmonica for generations. made in Germany on a wood comb, most blues and rock artists play a Marine Band such as (Bob Dylan), John LennonBruce SpringsteenLittle Walter and Neil Young.

 

 

The Special 20 (#560) was introduced in the mid 1970’s it has the same reeds as a Marine Band but it has a plastic comb instead of a wooden comb rounded edges on the cover plates.  It was the first Hohner harmonica to have a plastic comb which not only made the instrument airtight but also eliminated the swelling which changes the pitch of the harmonica  wood combs swell in weather changes and moisture their usually played inside made in Germany, this model quickly became the preferred choice of many rock and blues players. Now most harmonicas being manufactured from all companies are based upon the Special 20. It’s most noted for Harmonica Player John Popper. Like the Marine Band 1896, the Special 20 also has tuning variations available, like the #560C in country styled tuning, and the # 560N in natural minor.  

The Marine Band Deluxe has all the features of the original Marine band with tighter construction and a new cover design which creates a greater volume.

The Marine Band Crossover also features the same reeds, but is made on a bamboo comb that is water repellent.

The Marine Band Thunderbird is a model of low and supper low pitched 10-hole diatonic harmonicas that were introduced in 2011. It possesses a bamboo comb like the Crossover and a conical shaped lower cover plate. Designed by harmonica player and customizer (Joe Filsko) this helps reduce any rattle caused by the low frequency tone produced by the reeds. It’s available in low major keys A through F, as well as low B-flat and E-flat, and double-low F.

Have you ever seen a hohner Marine Band harmonica?

Have you ever seen a hohner Special 20?

Have you ever seen a Marine Band Deluxe?

Have you ever seen a marine band Crossover?

Have you ever played any of these harmonicas?

Have you ever owned any of these harmonicas?

I would love to get your feedback on this please leave any comments or questions below and I will reply as soon as possible.

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Larry

 

More Famous Harmonica Players

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I have some more examples of Famous Harmonica Players that I’m going to be talking about here. I’m sure everyone has heard of the famous harmonica player Bob Dylan born Robert Allen Zimmerman May 24, 1941 is an American singer-songwriter, his recording career spans 50 years. His songwriting and performing cover a lot of different kinds of music example Folk, blues, Country, Gospel, Rock and Roll, Rockabilly, Irish Folk Music to Jazz. He has sold over 100 million records which made him one of the best selling artist of all time. He has received numerous awards including Grammy, Golden Globe and Academy Awards  he has been inducted into the (Rock & Roll Hall of Fame) and he’s still performing at (age 73).

As you can see in the picture above  (Bob Dylan) is playing a  guitar so his harmonica is in a harmonica holder around his neck so his hands are free to play the guitar. their are other harmonica players such as (Neil Young) who also plays with the harmonica holder around his neck so his hands are free to play the  guitar this harmonica holder is used in folk music a lot.

Here’s a video of Bob Dylan playing the guitar and using the harmonica holder around his neck playing Mr. Tambourine Man in 1964′(Live at the Newport Folk Festival)

 

Have you ever heard of Bob Dylan?

 

One of the Great Harmonica Players

© Copyright 2014 CorbisCorporation“This Guy Wails”   I have some more examples of (All About Harmonicas & Famous Harmonica Players)  Playing different kinds and styles  of “Hohner Harmonicas”.John Mayall in the picture was born on the 29th of November 1933 and grew up in Manchester England. He started the band John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers featuring Eric Clapton on Guitar. Looks like he’s Playing a Hohner Marine Band Harmonica in the picture above. He’s using a Vocal Microphone to play the Hohner harmonica through which gives you a more clear crisp sound verses the muddy blues sound from the Green Bullet Microphone.

More famous harmonica players!

 

Hello Harmonica Lovers!

“Stevie Wonder”

 

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This post is about more famous harmonica players and one of the greatest and most talented who didn’t let life steal his dream of playing the harmonica and other instruments when he lost his sight at birth was (Stevie Wonder) born Steveland Hardaway Judkins on May 13 1950 in Saginaw, Michigan blind because of receiving too much oxygen in the incubator as a premature baby.

Stevie Wonder showed an early gift for music, first with a church choir in Detroit, Michigan where he and his family had moved to when he was only 4 years old. Singer, Songwriter and Multi-Instrumentalist. Stevie Wonder made his recording debut at age 12. He taught himself how to play The Harmonica, Piano and Drums all of which he did before the age of 10 years old.

He got signed to a record deal at age 11 with the Motown band the Miracles. Stevie Wonder is still performing currently. Can anyone tell me what it takes to accomplish what Stevie Wonder did with no sight?

Thanks for visiting my website please come back in the future as I’m always adding new & exciting content.

Please feel free to leave ant comments or questions below and I will reply.

larry@allaboutharmonicas.com

Have a blessed day!

Larry