The Original Blues Harmonica
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
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Marine Band 1896
The Journeyman Harp
Imagine sitting on a paddle steamer, slowly floating down the Mississippi. The sun is shining, and you look over the rail while there’s music playing. The Big River Harp perfectly captures this spirit of the Mississippi delta, freedom, and tranquility – hence the name. It’s the perfect starting point for your first expeditions into the world of western, folk or Nashville style country.
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Marine Band Deluxe
The One and Only Blues Harp
The name evokes the typical blues sound. It is a metaphor for whiskey bars, juke joints, and good times; synonymous with wide plains, open fields, and pilgrimage: The Blues Harp®. For over 50 years, the harmonica has shaped the sound of blues, rock, and sometimes even folk. The Blues Harp® is designed for this specific blues sound, but thanks to the modular system it can easily be adjusted and changed to anything you want it to be – easy, quickly, at any time. Whether you’re a beginner or advanced, the Blues Harp® is the harp for you.
The Rock Harp
Powerful sound, rugged good looks and roadworthy durability. That’s the Pro Harp. Often known as the Rock Harp, its all black design melds the plastic comb of the Big River Harp with the cover form of the Blues Harp to create a potent combination, the perfect companion with which to venture into the world of rock music and add your own final touch to the sound of guitar riffs, bass and drums. Like all our MS instruments, it’s equally suitable for beginners and advanced players.
The World’s Most Copied Harmonica Design
A unique, beautifully mellow sound, based on a revolutionary concept: the Special 20 was the first diatonic harmonica in the world with reed plates recessed into the comb, creating a projecting plastic mouthpiece. This makes it more comfortable to play, and the most copied harmonica design worldwide. Its distinctive sound is perfect for everything from Folk and Country to Rock and Pop. The Special 20 offers everything a professional harpist needs, but it’s also the ideal beginner’s instrument thanks to its smooth playability and comparatively affordable price. If you’re not just looking for a companion for the first few steps, but one to take you all the way, the Special 20 is your best possible bet
The State of the Art – Back to the Roots
With the Marine Band Deluxe, we’ve brought the incomparable sound of the original blues harmonica into the 21st century. By incorporating design improvements which optimize handling and ensure greater volume and faster response, we reinvented the legendary Marine Band harmonica to meet the requirements of today’s musicians. The Marine Band Deluxe is more than just a state of the art upgrade to our benchmark diatonic harp. It’s the rediscovery of deep emotions, the awakening of forgotten spirits, the revival of hidden energies. With the Marine Band Deluxe, you’ll bring the blues to life!