Hohner is a well-known name in the music industry, with millions of enthusiasts playing their instruments the world over. Best known for the harmonica and melodica, Hohner also produces accordions and guitars. This profile of products has given Hohner a presence in virtually all musical styles, in the hands of musicians at every skill level.
Collaboration is one of the keys to Hohner's design process, taking feedback from musicians into account when they develop their instruments. What they've done with that feedback is to build instruments to a high standard of reliability. Hohner products can be heard in settings ranging from Asian harmonica orchestras to humble jazz clubs, and they sound great wherever they're played.
Like many instrument manufacturers, Hohner started out as a small shop. The company was founded in 1857 by Matthias Hohner and eventually grew to become the most recognizable brand name in harmonicas. Though they also make outstanding guitars and accordions, the company's focus is still on its roots as a harmonica maker, and Hohner's harps have been played by some truly legendary musicians.
Without a doubt, the greatest Hohner success story is that of Bob Dylan. His name is instantly recognized by any music lover, and his personal style of music is well-known for combining elements of many different genres. In his performances, Dylan often accompanied his guitar with a harmonica and a Hohner Marine Band was a frequent sight on his neck rack. That instrument helped Dylan create the expressive moods his music is known for, and his use of the Marine Band helped to make it one of the world's most popular harmonicas in turn.
You can't go wrong by taking a page out of Bob Dylan's book and adding a Marine Band harmonica to your collection. Any of Hohner's accordions, melodicas, guitars or other harps will be a great performer as well—their reputation for making quality instruments is well-deserved.