The Hohner Marine Band, first made in 1896, is the world’s best selling harmonica and is still the instrument of choice for many professional players. It has traditional nailed 0.9mm brass reed plates on a pear wood comb.
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.