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Special 20 Vs. Special 20 Marine Band

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Reed Triller
Jul 03, 2009 4:06 AM GMT

What is the real difference?

I posted this yesterday but it seems to have disappeared.

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Jul 03, 2009 5:28 AM GMT
BlowsMeAwy Greg Replied:

All Special 20's are technically "Special 20 Marine Band" as far as I know. Some people just refer to them by the shorter name.

Jul 03, 2009 8:32 AM GMT
Reed Triller Replied:

But if i`m not mistaken some say just "Special 20" and some say "Special 20 Marine Band?

Jul 03, 2009 11:24 PM GMT
John P Replied:

Marine Bands have vented covers and wood combs. Special 20s have unvented covers and plastic combs. Both have the same compromise tuning.

I used to play Special 20s. The engraving on the covers of my older Special 20s just say "Special 20" and the engraving on the covers of the newer ones say "Special 20 Marine Band." They are the same harmonicas, with plastic combs and unvented covers. They are NOT different models of the Special 20. Hohner just changed the engraving on the covers 10 or 15 years ago. if Hohner changed any other specs, i can't tell since i don't notice any other differences.

Jul 04, 2009 3:20 AM GMT
Reed Triller Replied:

Thanks,John :)

Jul 04, 2009 8:06 PM GMT
Barbeque Bob M Replied:

I remember when both the Golden Melody and the Special 20 first came out back in 1974. Every Special 20 I've ever seen always since then had it inscribed "Special 20 Marine Band," and the reason was that it was originally going to be replacing the Marine Band, but far too many players wrote angry letters against it, so they just offered it as another model. The reed plates on these two until the mid to late 80's were held together to the comb first with aluminum nails, and then later escutcheon pins. By the late 80's, both were held together with screws.

Jul 04, 2009 10:52 PM GMT
Reed Triller Replied:

Bob, so the Special 20 covers are held on by screws now?If so, I was mislead. I was previously told they were held together with pins with heads that just LOOKED like screw heads.

Jul 06, 2009 5:40 PM GMT
Barbeque Bob M Replied:

Ray, i was talking about the reed plates and not the cover plates on the Special 20's, as the covers have always been held together with a nut and bolt to this day. I think you're mistaking that for the Marine Band, which use nails that has a head that resembles a slotted screw on them.

Jul 08, 2009 4:16 AM GMT
Reed Triller Replied:

Then I was mislead.and I am glad to see the correct info because that`ll make replacing them that much easier.

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