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Marine Band Limited Edition 1896-1996

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Reed Triller
Jul 06, 2009 2:33 AM GMT

Um,,,,,,aren`t the covers gold plated?


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Jul 06, 2009 2:57 AM GMT
Reed Triller Replied:

The one I have seems to have a wooden comb.But the top cover,which I thought was gold plated,seems to have tiny spots on it.I thought gold didn`t rust/tarnish...


Jul 06, 2009 3:24 AM GMT
Reed Triller Replied:

Eh,not worried about it playing better.I`ve not played it,yet.I just thought it was odd that something gold appeared to have tiny tiny rust like spots on it.

Do you play yours?


Jul 06, 2009 12:42 PM GMT
Reed Triller Replied:

Well,after getting over worrying about ruining it because it was supposedly gold and limited edition,,,,,I found out whatever the spots were come off with a little finger rubbing.


Jul 06, 2009 4:38 PM GMT
Barbeque Bob M Replied:

There were two editions of that. The first was the very last of Fender's god awful stock from the early to mid 90's just before they retooled and to recognize it, on the reed plate, you won't see a 4 digit production date at all. The second version, which played much better, was one of their first that they put out after they totally retooled and these will always have a 4 digit porduction date on them. BTW, the first two digits on it means what week of production and the last two is the production year, and so if you see, for example, 1208, it means it was made on the 12th week of 2008, and not December of 2008.


Jul 07, 2009 3:47 AM GMT
Reed Triller Replied:

Great,now I have to take it apart?lol


Jul 13, 2009 7:50 AM GMT
Reed Triller Replied:

2 last things before I can consider the subject dead :)

Where on the plate is the production number?Perhaps if it is in the right location I can see it by looking through the back?

and

regardless of if it is the Fender version or a better version,,,,would it be considered a collectible in the harmonica world that I should leave alone or is it pretty much a generic collectible that I can play whenever?


Jul 13, 2009 3:36 PM GMT
Barbeque Bob M Replied:

There's no single place on the reed plates that they placed the 4-digit productiondate on them, so you're gonna need to VERY carefully remove the cover plates to see it, tho sometimes you may get lucky and see it without removing the cover plates. It was sort of a collectable, but the only real difference between that and the regular stock of the time was the gold plating that was on the covers.


Jul 14, 2009 4:08 AM GMT
Reed Triller Replied:

Eh,i`ll probably play it then.I`m a big fan of gold anyhoo,lol.

But I will also eventually look for the number just out of curiosity.

It`s not like I paid some huge price for it. I got it for the same price as a normal Marine and.

Where are you finding your info? I have googled it and can`t find much real info on it.

Do you know how many were made?


Jul 14, 2009 5:27 PM GMT
Barbeque Bob M Replied:

I remember when they came out. They were only issued for about 2 years. As far as when the production dates began, it was on these harps, and I was told back in 1995 when I had a 2-3 hour phone conversation with then Hohner product manager Rick Epping after I had sent a letter with my phone number complaining about how bad the quality of their harps had sunk in the previous 15 years. The Hohner harps these days are far better than what was being put out from 1981-1995. The ones with the production date on them plays much better than the ones without them. Hohner was at the beginning stages of a multimillion dollar retooling of their entire factory at the time.

They weren't charging any more money for those harps than regular stock when those first came out at the time.

The info was all from "the horse's mouth," which prior to the internet, was almost as difficult as trying to get top secret info from the freaking CIA.


Jul 14, 2009 6:29 PM GMT
Elk River Replied:

Jason Ricci has the 75th anniversary model (of Hohner itself), it is actually gold plated. I think this anniversary model we're talking about was more "golden" than gold.

If I'm not mistaken, continuing on Bob's great post, that was about the time when Hohner was going broke and the employees had the Hohner Revolution in Trossingen, etc. at the anniversary. The restructuring and stuff I think started after the Tiawanese bought Hohner and put some money into it. That would be 1997.I'm curious when they started listing the date codes...


Jul 15, 2009 5:00 AM GMT
Reed Triller Replied:

Hopefully I will have all this knowledge,too :)

Anyway,it doesn`t really matter much.

I just thought that, if it was gold,it is strange to see spotting on it.


Jul 15, 2009 10:17 PM GMT
Barbeque Bob M Replied:

Hohner started to concentrate far less on harmonicas beginning in the mid to late 70's because their most profitable item wasn't harmonicas. It was a keyboard instrument called the clavinet, ironically made famous by a great harp player named Stevie Wonder. I had always suspected that until Rick Epping actually confirmed that. Also in the late 80's, the last living Hohner, Frank Hohner, had passed away and lived more in the US and ran things more like the nasty stereotypical American corporate company (kinda like the way GM ran their business for too many years), and all of the retooling would have never happened had Frank Hohner been still alive. They were bought out by a Japanese company in the early 90's and rick did quite a bit of research to try tobring things back to the glory days, tho with some missteps iin the process. The Hohner product can still be better, but what's out there today is FAR better than anything they've put in from 1981-1995, and the stuff they made prior to WWII is still prized stuff even today and the standard practically everything else is compared to.


Jun 17, 2013 10:55 PM GMT
Reed Triller Replied:

I was bored so I thought I would come back for a follow up. Almost 4 years later,lol.

I recently got it back after getting it customized by Randy Sandoval and I am extremely happy. Reed work, back opened up, African Rosewood comb, nuts and bolts instead of nails for the cover as well as reinforcements for the open back. I never cared really about the value if there is any but I wouldn't sell this for the world.

I do wish they had these in other keys. I would love a full set or at least the main keys.




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