I customize Hohner Marine Band, Rocket, Special 20, and Golden Melody harmonicas.

Custom Harmonicas

"Great response across the entire instrument and just a joy to play." - Matt, Illinois, USA

"I'm delighted with it. It has that slightly raspy sound I was seeking." - Ian, United Kingdom

My production time is currently
Semi-Custom: 60 days
Full Custom: 90 days
Overblow: 90 days
Last revised November 7th, 2016. I have experienced a significant increase in orders and am backlogged. I am hoping to get productions times back down in the new year.

These times are approximate. I try to keep an inventory of most keys to achieve these production times. Feel free to contact me before ordering to ask about lead times.

Completion date is the day I ship. Transit times are usually 3 to 5 business days but faster shipping may be available.

Upon receipt of your deposit, I contact you with questions. Once I confirm every detail with you, I commit to a firm completion date.

Pricing summary: These prices include shipping and warranty

- Semi-custom Rocket: CAD$179 (about USD$132)
- Semi-custom Marine Band: CAD$203 (about USD$149)
- Semi-custom Golden Melody: CAD$213 (about USD$157)
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- Full custom Rocket: CAD$244 (about USD$180)
- Full custom Marine Band: CAD$268 (about USD$197)
- Full custom Golden Melody: CAD$278 (about USD$205)
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- Overblow Rocket: CAD$369 (about USD$272)
- Overblow Marine Band: CAD$393 (about USD$290 )
- Overblow Golden Melody: CAD$403 (about USD$297)
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Customized harmonica descriptions and pricing
All prices are in Canadian Dollars.

Any questions? Contact me and I will be happy to answer them.

Custom Hohner Marine Band Harmonica - CAD$268
includes USA/Canada shipping and warranty

The Full Custom Marine Band packs a lot of power. It's a responsive harp that is loud without needing a lot of effort. It’s extremely easy and satisfying to play.

This harp enables you to play from pp (pianissimo - very soft) to ff (fortissimo - very loud) and everything in between - all with very little breath.

Standard features include:

- Marine Band Deluxe
- Custom Dark comb™
- Reed plates affixed to the comb using stainless steel screws
- Covers opened in the back. Fashioned with two stainless steel screws in the front
- All jagged edges eliminated
- High-performance work done to every aspect of the instrument, including sympathetic reed work™
- Compromise tuning using Peterson Analog Strobe
- 12 month warranty + lifetime service priority
- Free shipping to Canada and USA
- Shipped in recyclable packaging (no case)
- Harmonicas in popular keys can be completed within 60 days

Free tuning options
Tuning temperament (equal, compromise or 7-Limit Just) (See Tuning below.)

Custom Golden Melody is available:
- Golden Melody (with custom Dark Comb™), add $10

Extra features:
- Conical cover plates (Thunderbird covers), add $15
- Pearwood comb (flattened, chamfered edges, lacquered tips and channels. Do not submerge under water), SUBTRACT $10

Can your used harps be customized?
- Send me your harps to customize, save $25 per harp
-- Harp must be recently made, or vintage before 1970s
-- Harp must be in like-new condition
-- I accept Marine Band 1896 with nails, or any other Marine Band type as well as Golden Melody
-- Customer must contact me before sending me harps. This is to ensure your harps don't get lost

Protection
- Shipped in recyclable packaging (no case), included in price
- Plastic Marine Band 1896 case, add $5
- Black Zipper case, add $10

Multiple discount:
- Save $15 per additional harp (not counting the first one, per order)

Shipping options:
- Free shipping to USA and Canada
- International shipping - please contact. Up to $25 extra

Performance options:
- Semi-custom - high-value enhancements only, SUBTRACT $65 (See Semi-Custom description below.)
- Overblows and overdraws , +$125 (See Overblows below.)

Non standard Low and High Keys
- Low F#, Low F, Low E, Low Eb, Low D, High G, Add $50
- Low C, Low Bb, Low A, Low G, Low Low F, Add $75

CAD$268 includes USA/Canada shipping and warranty

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Custom HohnerRocket Harmonica - CAD$244
includes USA/Canada shipping and warranty

The Full Custom Rocket packs a lot of power. It's a responsive harp that is loud without needing a lot of effort. It’s extremely easy and satisfying to play.

This harp enables you to play from pp (pianissimo - very soft) to ff (fortissimo - very loud) and everything in between - all with very little breath.

Standard features include:

- Rocket with stock dark grey comb
- Covers opened in the back.
- All jagged edges eliminated
- High-performance work done to every aspect of the instrument, including sympathetic reed work™
- Compromise tuning
- 12 month warranty + lifetime service priority
- Free shipping to Canada and USA
- Shipped in recyclable packaging (no case)
- Harmonicas in popular keys can be completed within 60 days.

Free tuning options
Tuning temperament (equal, compromise or 7-Limit Just) (See Tuning below.)

Extra features:
- Substitute upgraded Special 20 covers (jagged edges eliminated, opened in the back) for Rocket covers, free
- Substitute Rocket Amp for Rocket cover plates, +$5
- Substitute Special 20 comb for Rocket comb, save $10
- Conical cover plates (Thunderbird covers), add $15

Can your used harps be customized?
- Send me your harps to customize, save $25 per harp
-- Harp must be recently made
-- Harp must be in like-new condition
-- I accept Special 20s and Hohner Rockets
-- Customer must contact me before sending me harps. This is to ensure your harps don't get lost

Protection
- Shipped in recyclable packaging (no case), included in price
- Plastic Marine Band 1896 case, add $5
- Black Zipper case, add $8

Multiple discount:
- Save $15 per additional harp (not counting the first one, per order)

Shipping options:
- International shipping - please contact. Up to $25 extra

Performance options:
- Semi-custom - high-value enhancements only, SUBTRACT $65 (See Semi-Custom description below.)
- Overblows and overdraws , +$125 (See Overblows below.)

Non standard Low Keys
- LC, LD, LEb, LE and LF, Add $30

CAD$244 includes USA/Canada shipping and warranty

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Semi-Custom harps

Pick this option and SUBTRACT $65 from the price of the full custom harp.

Balance your needs and your budget by choosing a "semi-custom" harmonica. This is a harmonica that's mid-way between an off-the-shelf harmonica and a full custom. It is a pro-grade harp that is set up to respond best to medium breath and aims to satisfy most player's needs.

This harp offers fantastic response. Players who use lots of breath may find a semi-custom harp offers maximum value - it's ideal for players who require a great instrument but feel that their playing style may not make use of everything a full custom harp has to offer.

The instrument has undergone high-impact improvements to ensure the tone, response and tuning is much better than a stock instrument. Sympathetic reed work™ is performed to guarantee all semitone bends are accessible (includes draw bends and blow bends). The focus is on performance therefore fewer cosmetic upgrades are done in comparison to a full custom.

My semi-custom harps are "one-size-fits-all".

Wait time for semi-custom harp is 30 days or less for popular keys; contact me for details.

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Overblows

Pick this option and ADD $125 to the price of the full custom harp.

Adding the overblow option to a Full Custom harmonica enables the 1, 4, 5 and 6 hole OVERBLOWS and 7, 8, 9 and 10 hole OVERDRAWS to be played as melody notes. This harmonica features overblows and overdraws that are sustainable and bendable using regular breath force.

Blow notes, draw notes, bends and overblows/overdraws all play with the same breath force; the overblows do not need any extra breath to play than any other notes. (Although the 1-hole overblow is played with regular breath force, the embouchure required can take significant effort - you must open very wide! Many players prefer the 1-hole to be set up as on a regular harmonica. It's your choice.)

An overblow/overdraw harmonica responds to fine control but not brute force. Any harmonica that offers high-quality overblows and overdraws must compromise the ability to play under very hard breath force in exchange for the maximum depth of the overbend notes.

Regular notes will respond to lighter breath on an Overblow harp as compared to a stock harp. This is particularly noticeable in lower keys. If you play exclusively with hard breath force you may find an Overblow setup limiting.

But for most players, the enhanced control of an Overblow harp allows for expression you can't experience from any other harmonica.

This harp enables you to play from ppp (pianississimo - very very soft) to fff (fortississimo - very very loud) and everything in between - all with very little breath.

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My Custom Harmonicas

A well-playing harp is expressive and easy to control. My harps are tailored to work best with your breath.

My harps are FUN to play!

My custom harmonicas feature labour-intensive work done on all parts of the instrument, including every reed. I ensure each note has outstanding timbre, tone and volume. Regular and bent notes play easily and consistently from the top to the bottom of the harmonica. My harps offer awesome control. All my custom harmonicas feature stunning, right-on-the-mark tuning using an analog Peterson Strobe tuner.

These instruments are carefully adjusted to suit your specific needs. Due to the amount of time and attention given to each instrument, no out-of-the-box harmonica can perform as well as a custom harmonica.

Need more information?

Please Contact me and we can have a frank discussion about your specific needs. I can assess your playing style and help you make an informed decision. By contacting me, you are under no obligation to use my services or buy my products.

Tuning


- Compromise tuning is recommended for most players. It makes chords sound like they should without making single notes sound wrong.
- 7-Limit Just Intonation is the tuning of vintage blues harps. The chords are rich but some single notes sound a little flat. Choose this tuning if you use major chords extensively such as playing train rhythms or if like the sound of vintage blues harmonica.
- Equal Temperament is the best choice for players who regularly use positions other than First, Second or Third.

Combs

My harmonicas feature my earth-friendly high-performance Dark combs™.

My custom Hohner Special 20/Rocket harmonicas use the factory plastic polymer comb. I round the corners of the stock Special 20 comb by hand.

Ordering


Click here to order online. Send me a deposit on your custom harmonica. I will contact you for further information so as to make sure every detail is to your specifications. I will commit to a completion once every detail is confirmed.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Warranty

This warranty applies to my custom as well as semi-custom harmonicas.

Warranty includes one reed replaced for free within the first 30 days of reception. Reed replacement service is $10 per reed for the next 11 months after the free 30-day period. Customer pays for shipping. Warranty work on custom harmonicas gets express service which means I aim to get your harps back in the mail within ten business days. After 12 month warranty period, regular service charges apply. My custom harps get lifetime service priority which means I attend to them as soon as I receive them.