Hohner says: “The Marine Band is a number-one choice among top professionals and one of the most recognizable harmonicas all over the world. Known for it’s full tone, wood comb, and its patented cover plates, the Hohner Marine Band harmonica was there when harmonica blues was born. The Marine Band harp is a result of over 100 years of Hohner German craftsmanship.
See the Hohner Deluxe Marine Band or the Hohner Crossover Marine Band (both with a sealed wood combs) for tighter reed tolerances and better volume.
Be sure to use the “Choose Key:” pull-down menu to select your key. The default key of “C” is good if you are just starting out. After “C”, other good beginner keys include: “A”, “D”, “F”, and “G”. Return to this page to add additional keys to your order.
Dave Gage Review: This is indeed the classic model of all wood comb diatonics. Although never announced publicly, Hohner decided to finally seal the original pearwood combs so they no longer swell and shrink from moisture as they once did. The standard Marine Band is a great diatonic for blues, rock, and country players and players of all levels. If you prefer a Hohner diatonic harmonica with a plastic comb, be sure to take a look at the Hohner Special 20 (link below).
A common question is whether or not the wood comb makes these harmonicas sound better than plastic combed diatonics? The answer is “no” for the vast majority of players. 99% of the overall sound quality comes from the player’s own abilities. In the hands of an advanced player, they do sound a bit warmer.