Customer center login

Hohner Marine Band Crossover A

Harmonica

  • From the "Marine Band Crossover" series
  • Key: A
  • Richter System
  • 20 Reeds
  • Multi-layer bonded bamboo comb
  • Completely sealed
  • Cover surface made of stainless steel with side vents
  • 0.90 mm brass reed plates
No JavaScript? No Audio Samples! :-(

Audio Examples

 
0:00
  • E-Blues
  • E-Trainblues

Further Information

Tuning A
Comb Wood
Number Of Reeds 20

These are other customers' choices:

Customers who looked at this item have bought these:

Hohner Marine Band Crossover A
31% bought this exact product
Hohner Marine Band Crossover A
Available immediately
Available immediately

This item is in stock and can be dispatched immediately.

Standard Delivery Times
$61 Add to Basket
Hohner Marine Band Crossover C
8% bought Hohner Marine Band Crossover C $61
Hohner Marine Band Crossover D
7% bought Hohner Marine Band Crossover D $61
Hohner Marine Band Crossover G
7% bought Hohner Marine Band Crossover G $61
Hohner Special 20 C
5% bought Hohner Special 20 C $28
Our most popular Diatonic Harmonicas
80 Customer Ratings
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
4.7 /5
  • response
  • features
  • sound
  • quality
Total
response
sound
quality
features
Marine Band Crossover
Valrho, 26.06.2020
The Marine Band Crossover is a modified version of the Marine Band Deluxe. Other than the graphics on the covers and the type of bolts on the cover, there are two major differences:

1. The Crossover has a bamboo comb instead of a pearwood comb. The bamboo is lighter in weight, has a slightly smoother feel, and has a different color/appearance. I cannot say with any certainty if it is more or less airtight – they seem about the same to me, regarding airtightness. Contrary to popular myth, the comb material does not influence the sound. You could swap the combs between a Deluxe and a Crossover and you would hear zero difference in the sound. All in all, I like the bamboo comb, and the harp feels lighter. I guess using bamboo is also better for the environment.

2. The temperament, or “fine-tuning” is different. The Deluxe is set to 19-Limit Just Intonation, while the Crossover is set to Compromise Tuning. The main differences are in the reeds of 2-blow, 3-draw, 5-draw, 5-blow, 7-draw, and 8-blow: these six reeds are slightly (about 5 to 10 cents) flatter in the Deluxe, whereas in the Crossover they are nearly Equal Temperament. (The 5-draw reed has the biggest difference). What this means in practice, is that the Deluxe sounds slightly warmer and more bluesy/flat, with slightly richer chords. The Crossover has a slightly brighter sound, and the chords sound a little less bluesy. The difference is very subtle, and not everyone can hear it. However, if you are playing in a band with other instruments, the Crossover can sound more “in tune” with the band. Whereas the Deluxe can sometimes sound just a tiny bit flat compared with the other instruments (particularly when you hit that 5-draw note). The difference is extremely subtle. But sometimes I can notice it, especially when playing together with horns.

Otherwise, the Crossover is a very high-quality instrument and a joy to play. It projects loudly, with a rich and expressive tone. Having brass reeds, its lifespan is similar to most other Hohner harmonicas (in my experience, they start to drift out of tune after a year or two of intensive use). Also, I find that the bamboo comb tends to accumulate greenish stains from the brass more easily than pearwood. This can be easily removed using extra-fine sandpaper.

I prefer the Compromise Tuning of the Crossover and I prefer the bamboo comb. However, the price difference between the Deluxe and Crossover is hard to justify. The Crossover seems a bit over-priced for what it is. Go ahead and buy one… you’ll probably love it!
Helpful · Not helpful · Report
Report rating…

Do you believe this rating to be inaccurate or unacceptable for some reason?

Send report
Total
response
sound
quality
features
Serious harmonica
mvladivostok, 11.04.2019
The Marine Band Crossover is only lightly related to the original Marine Band. This is a seriously well built instrument. It's super light, and depending on your preference, that might be a good or a bad thing (I like a bit of weight on my harmonicas, for better control). Feels really solid though, and sounds great! It can also be loud, although I find Hohner Rockets to be louder; the Crossover can also give you some sweet bluesy sound though, which the Rocket misses somewhat.

Really nice instrument.
Helpful · Not helpful · Report
Report rating…

Do you believe this rating to be inaccurate or unacceptable for some reason?

Send report
Total
response
sound
quality
features
Great sound and responsiveness
kbvw, 13.07.2021
I'm still quite new to harmonica: previously bought a Golden Melody, and now this Crossover. The difference is huge: the Crossover feels much more responsive than the Golden Melody and I also like the tuning more. (I thought I wanted equal temperament, but apparently I don't.)

Pros:
- Very responsive
- Great sound
- Great build quality
- Bamboo comb looks nice
- Included zipper case is ideal

Cons:
- None for me (at upper beginner level)
Helpful · Not helpful · Report
Report rating…

Do you believe this rating to be inaccurate or unacceptable for some reason?

Send report
Total
response
sound
quality
features
Hohner crossover
David8780, 05.09.2015
Great instrument from a great company. Lovely tone and easy to bend notes
Helpful · Not helpful · Report
Report rating…

Do you believe this rating to be inaccurate or unacceptable for some reason?

Send report
Show variations of this product
Hohner Marine Band Crossover A
(80)
Hohner Marine Band Crossover A

Harmonica From the "Marine Band Crossover" series, Key: A, Richter System, 20 Reeds, Multi-layer bonded bamboo comb, Completely sealed, Cover surface made of stainless steel with side vents, 0.90...

Hohner Marine Band Crossover C
(171)
Hohner Marine Band Crossover C

Harmonica Key: C, Richter System, 20 Reeds, Multi-layer bonded bamboo comb, Completely sealed, Cover surface made of stainless steel with sound slots, 0.90 mm thick brass reed plates

Hohner Marine Band Crossover G
(74)
Hohner Marine Band Crossover G

Harmonica Key: G, Richter System, 20 Reeds, Multi-layer bonded bamboo comb, Completely sealed, Cover surface made of stainless steel with sound slots, 0.90 mm thick brass reed plates

Hohner Marine Band Crossover D
(60)
Hohner Marine Band Crossover D

Harmonica Key: D, Richter System, 20 Reeds, Multi-layer bonded bamboo comb, Completely sealed, Cover surface made of stainless steel with sound slots, 0.90 mm thick brass reed plates

Hohner Marine Band Crossover Bb
(41)
Hohner Marine Band Crossover Bb

Harmonica Tuning: B-flat, Richter system, Improved design for more volume, optimal durability, no striking of the reeds, Triple glue laminated, fully sealed, patented bamboo comb, Rounded channel...

Hohner Marine Band Crossover E
(23)
Hohner Marine Band Crossover E

Harmonica Tuning: E, Richter system, 20 notes, Glue laminated bamboo comb, Fully sealed, Stainless steel covers with lateral air vents, 0.90 mm Brass reed plate

Hohner Marine Band Crossover F
(27)
Hohner Marine Band Crossover F

Harmonica Tuning: F, Richter system, Improved design for more volume, optimal durability, no striking of the reeds, Triple glue laminated, fully sealed, patented bamboo comb, Rounded channel...

Hohner Marine Band Crossover Ab
(11)
Hohner Marine Band Crossover Ab

Harmonica Tuning: A-flat, Richter system, Improved design for more volume, optimal durability, no striking of the reeds, Triple glue laminated, fully sealed, patented bamboo comb, Rounded channel...

Hohner Marine Band Crossover Eb
(14)
Hohner Marine Band Crossover Eb

Harmonica Tuning: E-flat, Richter system, Improved design for more volume, optimal durability, no striking of the reeds, Triple glue laminated, fully sealed, patented bamboo comb, Rounded channel...

Hohner Marine Band Crossover B (H)
(10)
Hohner Marine Band Crossover B (H)

Harmonica Tuning: B, Richter system, Improved design for more volume, optimal durability, no striking of the reeds, Triple glue laminated, fully sealed, patented bamboo comb, Rounded channel...

Hohner Marine Band Crossover Db
(11)
Hohner Marine Band Crossover Db

Harmonica Tuning: D-flat, Richter system, Improved design for more volume, optimal durability, no striking of the reeds, Triple glue laminated, fully sealed, patented bamboo comb, Rounded channel...

$61
The shipping costs are calculated on the checkout page.
Available immediately
Available immediately

This item is in stock and can be dispatched immediately.

Standard Delivery Times
Your Contacts
Phone: +49-9546-9223-26
FAX: +49-9546-9223-24
Online Guides
Harmonicas
Harmonicas
Welcome to our Online Advisor for Harmonicas.
 
 
 
 
 
test results:
* The prices shown exclude VAT and are valid as long as stocks last. Please click here for international shipping rates. Goods subject to custom declaration; customer fees to be paid on delivery if applicable. We do not accept liability for typographical errors or inaccurate information of any kind. All invoices will be issued in USD.