The R. Sleigh Marine Band Deluxe (price listed below is a 50% deposit)
A free-breathing, easy bending harmonica set up for traditional blues, country, and folk music styles. This harp will cut the room with a lot less effort than an out of the box harmonica. The reeds and slots are carefully re-shaped to give you clear, natural sounding bent notes that “play like butter”. You can control these bent notes even at very low volume. The tuning is standard 19 limit just intonation for smooth chords with melody notes that sound in tune for fiddle tunes, etc. $167 per harp, $83.50 deposit per harp upfront.
- Marine Band Deluxe Cover Plates with cut-away tabs on the top right (see photo). This design has the cover plate cut away to expose the reed plate. The reed plate has the key stamped directly into the brass.
- This design recalls the original “mouse ear” Marine Band harmonica made in 1896. You will never have to figure out what keys the reed plates are when you take your harmonicas apart for cleaning and maintenance. The cover plates are strong, very crush resistant, and open in the back for sound projection.
- Black Acrylic combs – You can put these combs into an ultrasonic cleaner or immerse in hot water with dish soap to keep your axes “clean as a whistle” with none of the problems of wood. They also will not crack or shatter if they are dropped. They are polished on the face to a smooth luster that feels luxurious and easy to move around on.
- The reed plates are Hohner Marine Band Deluxe (the crossover is the same reed / slot combination) All edges smoothed off and corners rounded off for comfort.
- All screw construction.