Custom Marine Band Harmonica

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
Custom Golden Melody Harmonica - CAD$278
includes USA/Canada shipping and warranty

The Full Custom 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 or Golden Melody
- 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.)

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 page)
- Overblows and overdraws , +$125 (See Overblows page)

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

Click here to order online.

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.