With the Marine Band Crossover Harmonica, Hohner has expanded the Marine Band series to introduce a top-of-the-line, professional-quality harmonica for discerning musicians who play modern blues, rock... Read More
With the Marine Band Crossover Harmonica, Hohner has expanded the Marine Band series to introduce a top-of-the-line, professional-quality harmonica for discerning musicians who play modern blues, rock, jazz, soul, or funk.
The Marine Band Crossover Harmonica's revolutionary laminated-bamboo comb is completely sealed, making it water repellent and exceptionally stable. In combination with the screw-together assembly, the Marine Band Crossover is extremely airtight, with fast, even response and a raspy, powerful sound that's exceptionally well-suited to amplified playing as well as acoustic styles.
The crossover Marine Band harmonica's modern-compromise tuning is ideal for single-note playing in different positions as well as easy note bending for contemporary blues, rock, jazz, soul, and funk, while still ensuring a full chord sound. The Marine Band Crossover is an optimal addition to the Marine Band harmonica series. The Marine Band Crossover uses the same reedplates as Hohner's Marine Band Deluxe harmonica for interchangeability.
Due to the Marine Band Crossover's compromise tuning, chord playing is smooth and full and the single notes also play nicely in-tune, so playing in positions other then 1st and 2nd is not a problem for intonation. Because of the airtight construction (a sealed comb and screws instead of nails to attach the reedplates), bending, overblows, and overdraws are much easier then on most other diatonic harps. This is great news for beginners learning to bend and speedsters and overblowers out there looking for an airtight harmonica that can keep up with their playing.
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Testimonials about Hohner's Marine Band Crossover:
Dave Gage: "One of the best-sounding and playing diatonic harmonicas out-of-the-box. Great for players of all levels and musical styles and worth the extra penny for the increased quality and playability. The sound is bright, but not overly bright. It plays as well as expensive, customized harmonicas."
Joe Filisko: "This Crossover is an exceptional harmonica. I have to say that this is without any doubt the best playing out-of-the-box harmonica that I've ever had my hands on. It's a notable, substantial upgrade to the diatonics I have played. It played very well. That's a big deal, because I trusted it. The tuning is superb; responsiveness is excellent. It's very responsive. The bends are right there."
Steve Baker: "As a Marine Band player for 40 years I really love the Crossover and am proud to have been closely involved in its development from the very beginning. The first time I played the very first prototype with a bamboo comb I was blown away by the sound, volume, response and playing feel and thought 'this is it!' I own a lot of custom harps, but this is what I use on stage because it's tough, reliable, and both plays and sounds great."
Jerry Portnoy: "The Marine Band Crossover is a terrific harp in every aspect: beautiful, sealed bamboo comb; strong, attractive cover plates and; most importantly, well tuned with good volume and projection; plus smooth, responsive playability from bottom to top. It also comes in a handy and unique zippered case. I've made it my personal harp of choice. Another winner from Hohner!"
Phil Wiggins: "It's beautiful. It is nice right out of the box. Great tone. Great feel. I'm loving it."
Dennis Gruenling: "I like the comb a lot: how it felt, how it responded, how it sounded. The feel and response is closer to a custom Marine Band."
R.J. Mischo: "The Crossover is a great instrument! I've been playing professionally since 1979 and have tried all the models and this is the best out-of-the-box harp yet."
David Barrett: "The Crossover is Hohner's best harmonica to date . . . great feel, playability, and most importantly, great sound! For those who want the great sound of our forefathers but the playability of a modern-designed harmonica, put Hohner's Crossover harmonica at the top of your shopping list."
James Conway: "I needed a five overblow and it was there. To get a rack-mounted, five overblow right out of the box-I was happy with that."
Hohner is a family company founded in 1857 in Trossingen, Germany by Matthias Hohner. Hand-made quality and close attention to detail has set Hohner apart from the beginning. A top leading brand in harmonicas, Hohner harps are distributed worldwide. Hohner harmonicas are played on the street by buskers, in intimate nightclubs, on festival stages, and even in Carnegie Hall. Despite a diverse harmonica line used in music from country to classical genres, the most famous Hohner harmonicas are their simple, 10-hole diatonics used frequently by blues, rock, country, and folk musicians.
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I am a 40 year Harp player. I am Also currently a gigging harp player. The Crossover is an out of the box fantastic Harp for acoustic play. Closest thing to a custom harp out if the box I've ever played. Having said that I would also add that I have been playing Special 20'S ever since they first came out in the 80's and have always swore by them. I was yearning for the old wood comb sound that the Marine Band I learned on in the 70's gave. So I took the plunge and got a whole set of Crossovers. After about 10 gigs with them I found the sound to be shrill and lacking bottom end when amplified. I play through a blues deville 4 x 10 modified for harp. Again for acoustic play, Crossovers are the best I have found. But, I am going back to Special 20's for mic'd up playing because the low end and air tightedness of the sealed covers with no side vents, like the Spec. 20 has, is better sounding, deeper, fuller sounding to me. No harp will make a mediocre player sound great,that is true. It takes practice to develop tone and technique but the Special 20 is al a good harp player needs. My 3 cents. Dar Walker
I'm not sure the Crossover is worth twice the price of a standard Marine Band or Blues Harp. It takes embouchure well, giving you a wide range, and is easily playable, but I truly cannot distinguish it from the Blues Harp or Marine Band other than the color. It plays the same and sounds the same. Like most newer Hohners, it suffers from the lower drawn tones being excessively hard starts, requiring a manual reed adjustment to be as responsive as the old harps. For the price to be justified, extra reed plates should have been thrown in.
The Crossover is a very well built harp and I expect it to last much longer than my Blues Harps as it is constructed with a bamboo comb secured with four screws. The tone is phenomenal right out of the box but gets bettter with time. I've had mine for a few weeks now and it has broken in perfectly. Rich, easily controllable bends thru an airtight design. Hohner hit a grand slam with the Crossover. I've ordered several more already in different keys. Simply a great harp!
If you tongue block, this is the way to go! The bamboo has a wonderful feel. The sound is easily the best out of the box experience I've had. Very well made, with quality materials. Put simply: Worth it.
I am a dedicated Hohner Marine Band player and this Crossover has just taken a great harp up to the next level. If you like the way a stock Marine Band plays...you will be amaized by this harp. Very responsive, easy to bend with a loud bright sound. Also, overblows are easy to get because of the tight reed gapping. The Crossover is like getting a custom harmonica for a lot less money.
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