CUSTOM HARMONICAS FOR SALE

Custom Diatonic Harmonica “Pre Builds” for Immediate Sale:

I am currently finishing up and selling ‘pre holiday’ select, fully setup and ready to play custom harmonicas.  Prices and ordering info below.

**Note:  I am  currently setting up and optimizing the Pay Pal functionality of this page.  If you see a harmonica you like and wish to purchase immediately, pay outside of Pay Pal (by check), or are having difficulties with the Pay Pal links, please email me directly at:

info@opendoorprod.com or call/ 510-409-8126

Thanks!  Burke T.


1) Marine Band 1896 Custom.  Key- Bb

Full custom reed work.  Key of Bb with Black Corian comb and sandstone powder coated cover plates.  Great playing and attractive harmonica.                                                     $ 175.00**



All nailed assembly converted to bolts. Open back cover plates. Marine Band 1896 upgraded to Deluxe, Crossover Specs with full custom reedwork.  Smoothly polished black Corian Comb.


2) Marine Band 1896 Custom.  Key- Bb (SOLD OUT)

Full custom reed work.  Key of Bb with Aluminum comb and Red powder coated cover plates.  Great playing and attractive harmonica.                                                     $ 175.00

<SOLD OUT>  All nailed assembly converted to bolts. Open back cover plates. Marine Band 1896 upgraded to Deluxe, Crossover Specs with full custom reedwork.  Aluminum comb provides for a loud and vibrant tone.


3) Marine Band 1896 Custom.  Key- Bb

Full custom reed work.  Key of Bb with Aluminum comb and Black powder coated cover plates.  Great playing and attractive harmonica.                                                     $ 175.00



All nailed assembly converted to bolts. Open back cover plates. Marine Band 1896 upgraded to Deluxe, Crossover Specs with full custom reedwork.  Aluminum comb provides for a loud and vibrant tone.


4) Hohner Golden Melody Custom.  Key- F

Full custom reed work.  Key of F with original Sjoeberg- 3D Milled custom comb and Black powder coated cover plates.  Great playing and attractive harmonica.  (Key of F sticker not pictured).                                                            $ 200.00



Hohner Golden Melody w/ full custom reedwork.  Unique custom Sjoeberg comb and smooth black cover plates (more comb info from manufacturer)-  “These combs give the harmonica an extra performance boost. They are 3D CNC milled with a very complex design. Aerodynamic formed slots with mirror wise progressive compression ridges that directs the airflow against the reeds. Easier bending, overblowing and a louder & crisper sound. They give the harmonica an extra performance boost.” 

Tuned to 19 limit JI.


5) Marine Band 1896 Custom.  Key- C

Full custom reed work.  Key of C with Sealed and finished Pearwood comb.  Vintage NOS “Hicksville” Era reed plates for warm tone and classic Marine Band Harmonica Feel.     Affordable custom and special price.                     $100.00



All nailed assembly converted to bolts. Open back cover plates. Vintage NOS ” Hicksville” Reed Plates, Marine Band 1896 upgraded to Deluxe, Crossover Specs with full custom reedwork.  Sealed Pearwood comb for traditional tone.  Tuned to 19 limit JI.


6) Marine Band 1896 Custom.  Key- C

Full custom reed work.  Key of C with BMH “Hogany”  comb.  Marine Band Deluxe stock reed plates.  Gold plated Marine Band Anniversary Cover plates.                      $150.00



All bolted Deluxe style assembly. 1896 Open back cover plates. Marine Band Deluxe Plates, with full custom reed work.  Hogany comb provides for a loud and vibrant tone.  Tuned to 19 limit JI.


7) Hohner MS Series Blue Midnight Custom.  Key of Bb  

Full custom reed work.  Key of Bb, MS series “Blue Midnight” harmonica.  Factory comb and cover plates.  Tuned to traditional/ original Marine Band Pre War tuning (7 Limit JI).  Affordable custom MS series harmonica.   Level 1 solid blues setup, easy bends and smooth chords for amplified playing.                                                        $100.00




8) Hering Blues Custom Harmonica Bb

Custom,  key of Bb, Hering Blues Harmonica.  Factory, recessed comb and Hering cover plates.  Tuned to  19 Limit JI.   Level 1 custom blues setup, easy bends and smooth chords for amplified playing.  Hering brass is known for its ease of bending and expressive articulation of the brass.             $ 125.00



Custom reed work on the solid build of the Hering Blues recessed comb model.  Similar to the Hohner Special 20, I have found the Hering brass to be very musical, expressive,  and makes bending notes easier, with a nice warm tone.  More info from Hering:

“20-reed Hering Blues Harmonica features chrome-plated cover plates and extra-thick reed plates (1.07mm). Recessed into the ABS comb and assembled with 5 screws for the ultimate airtight assembly. Requires very little air to produce sweet tones.”  This custom is tuned to 19 limit JI.


9)  Marine Band 1896 Custom.  Key- Bb

Full custom reed work.  Key of Bb with Black Corian comb and open back Marine Band 1896 cover plates.

(* This harmonica is in progress & available for order, but estimated1-2 weeks to setup and ship.  Corian comb as pictured is not yet finished).

Solid custom build with a slightly taller profile of the comb teeth which increases air volume to the reeds.  Please email if you are interested in this harmonica or have any questions before ordering.                                                                                            $175.00




10)  Suzuki Manji Custom Harmonic.  Key- G

Suzuki Manji harmonica in the key of G with full custom reed work and custom blue Corian Brendan Power BMH 30 comb.                                                                                                     $150.00



Suzuki Manji, with custom reed work, and flat sanded MBH 30 Brendan Power Comb.  Great response and one of several Suzuki customs that will be listed here in the near future.  Tuning is 19 Limit JI.


11)  Seydel 1847/ Fender Midnight Special Custom Harmonic.  Key- A

This is a top of the line stainless steel reed harmonica built by Seydel with iconic black “Fender” cover plates and a Seydel Noble aluminum comb.  Top model of the “Fender” harmonica line, based and built on the Seydel 1847 reed plates.  A worthy contender and sharp looking harmonica with a bright, robust tone with the combination of the stainless steel reed plates and aluminum Comb.                                                                                        $200.00



Manufacturer info:  “Fender guitars and amps are tools of the trade for the world’s most demanding musicians. That same dedication to quality and innovation is evident in the introduction of the newest member of the Fender family, the Midnight Special, a 10-hole diatonic harmonica with features fit for the most discerning harpist. Inside its sleek black chrome case, the heavy-duty Midnight Special offers unparalleled, professional upgrades for the player in search of the ultimate high-performance harmonica.

The Midnight Special’s precision-made stainless steel reeds and reed plates are designed to produce rich overtones with plenty of volume and tonal stability while minimizing air loss. The harmonica is optimized for peerless performance with rounded cover plates, hole openings and dividers, ensuring the finest in Fender comfort and style. It also features a treated moisture-proof wood comb, which undergoes a diligent finishing process to ensuring minimal swelling and a longer lifespan after the punishing performances.”


12)  Marine Band Deluxe Custom.  Key D

Full custom reed work on the Marine Band Deluxe reedplates and covers.  Key of D with lovely BMH  (light pink) Sandstone Corian comb.

(* This harmonica is in progress & available for order, but estimated1-2 weeks to setup and ship.  Corian comb as pictured comes with the harmonica.)  Reedplates sanded and polished corners for comfort.

Please email if you are interested in this harmonica or have any questions before ordering.

                                                                                                   $175.00




Available as a full overblow 4-6, and overdraw 7-10 configuration for an additional $ 25.00.


13)  Marine Band Deluxe Custom.  Key C

Full custom reed work on the Marine Band Deluxe reedplates and covers.  Key of C with a BMH  (blue speckled)  Corian comb.

(* This harmonica is in progress & available for order, but estimated1-2 weeks to setup and ship.  Corian comb as pictured comes with the harmonica.)  Reedplates sanded and polished corners for comfort.

Please email if you are interested in this harmonica or have any questions before ordering.

                                                                                         $175.00




 

Available as a full overblow 4-6, and overdraw 7-10 configuration for an additional $ 25.00.


xx)  Hohner Marine Band 364 (12 hole) Custom Harmonica.  Key of C     (SOLD- See #14 Built to order 364’s below)

One of my favorite custom builds and very popular with traditional blues players, this 12 Hole, Marine Band 364 features full custom reed work, all surfaces flattened, nailed assembly replaced by bolts, and a sealed and nicely finished black Dymondwood comb for a nice warm tone.                                                                                                       $175.00

*(please email info@opendoorprod.com for pricing and ordering information)  SOLD.

When Sonny Boy Williamson II played his well known piece Bye Bye Bird, the harmonica he used was a model called the Echo Vamper. This was the British version of the Marine Band 364 offered here, the construction of which has not changed since with the exception of the cover engravings.

Features

  • Tonal range extended upwards
  • “CUSTOM Dymond Wood com
  • Stainless steel covers mounted with BOLTS
  • Custom Reedowork, Classic reeds / 12 channels
  • 0.9 mm brass reed plates, nails replaced with bolts.
  • ALSO AVAILABLE IN THE KEY OF D.

14)  Hohner Marine Band 364 (12 hole) Custom Harmonicas.  “Built to Order” Keys of C, D, G.

All of the same custom features listed above, but build to order.  12 Hole, Marine Band 364, select keys of C, D or G,  features full custom reed work, all surfaces flattened, nailed assembly replaced by bolts, and a sealed , finished Dymondwood comb (variable colors).                                                                                    $175.00

*(please email info@opendoorprod.com for pricing and ordering information if you have any questions).  Build time estimated at 2-3 weeks.  Select key in the dropdown box before ordering.


Marine Band 12 Hole 364- Built to order



 


15) Custom Hohner Special 20’s-

(* These listed SP harmonicas are currently “in stock” and in the process of being customized as pre builds. Also offered as a pre- order option.   Please email info@opendoorprod.com or call 510-409-8126 if you don’t see the key you want listed or have any questions.  We can order any key not in stock as needed.   Current turn around time is estimated at 2-3 weeks. )

Please select key from drop down menu below.

                                                                                         $145.00


Marine Band Special 20 – Choose Key




Features:

Factory comb, sanded corners and polished for comfort.   Additional upgrades include opening of cover plate backs, flat sanding of draw plate, full slot embossing, slot optimization, re profiling and gapping of reeds and other enhancements.  Final intonation and professional tuning is to 19 Limit Just Intonation (using a Peterson Auto Strobe Tuner) for smooth traditional blues chords and melody playing.


ADDITIONAL CUSTOM HARMONICAS BUILT TO ORDER

Contact info@opendoorprod.com for pricing, availability, and build time for the following models listed below.

Marine Band 1896’s (Upgraded to Deluxe/Crossover specs, fully customized, various combination of keys and attractive comb materials.

Marine Band 364– 1Key of C, Key of D.

Marine Band Special 20’s and Deluxes (built to order upon request)

Suzuki Manji’s / Fender, Seydel Midnight Special/ MS Blue Midnight, Seydel Session Steel, Suzuki Firebreaths, and others.

Custom Hohner Marine Band 1896- Gallery

Inspired by the legacy customs of the Flisko guild harmonica builders and those who have carried on tradition using the Classic Marine Band 1896 as the base build for the custom harmonica.

Features:  Sealed Pearwood comb,  (other custom comb materials & upgrades available upon request), sanded corners and polished for comfort.  All reed plate and cover plate nails replaced with bolted assembly. Back cover plates opened up for projection.  Additional custom upgrades include flat sanding of draw plate and comb, full slot embossing, slot optimization, re profiling and gapping of reeds and other enhancements.  Final intonation and professional tuning is to 19 Limit Just Intonation (using a Peterson Auto Strobe Tuner) for smooth traditional blues chords and melody playing.


Custom Marine Band Model (Pearwood comb or Black Corian Comb* upon request):
Please contact info@opendoorprod.com for current pricing, ordering, and payment options.

Options/ Upgrades-

*Comb upgrades  (for brass or other comb material and options, please contact for pricing and availability).


 


 

 Custom Hohner Marine Band Deluxe/ Crossover


Custom Marine Band Deluxe or Crossover (Pearwood comb or Black Corian Comb included):

Options/ Upgrades-  (see upgrades listed above for the Marine Band 1896.  Same pricing applies).


 Custom Hohner Marine Band 364- 12 Hole

Custom Marine Band 364  (Sealed Pearwood comb – Keys C, D, G, or C Solo tuned)

Options/ Upgrades-  (most upgrades listed above for the Marine Band 1896 apply).

Add Dymondwood comb:

When Sonny Boy Williamson II played his well known piece Bye Bye Bird, the harmonica he used was a model called the Echo Vamper. This was the British version of the Marine Band 364 offered here, the construction of which has not changed since with the exception of the cover engravings.


 Custom Hohner Marine Band 365- 14 Hole

Custom Marine Band 365  (Sealed Pearwood comb – Keys C, G,)

Options/ Upgrades-  (most upgrades listed above for the Marine Band 1896 apply).

Add Dymondwood comb:

This model is basically the same as the Marine Band 364, but the upper register is extended for two more holes to provide additional high notes.


 Custom Hohner Marine Band 365 SBS- 14 Hole

Custom Marine Band 365  SBS (Sealed Pearwood comb – Keys A, C, D, F, G)

Options/ Upgrades-  (most upgrades listed above for the Marine Band 1896 apply).

Add Dymondwood comb:

In contrast to the Marine Band models listed above,  this interesting model designed by highly regarded harp player and author Steve Baker features a tonal range which is extended downwards by repeating the note configuration normally found in holes 1-3 one octave lower. This permits draw note bending over a far greater range and enables the player to use all registers of the instrument.

*  Please contact info@opendoorprod.com for current pricing, ordering, and payment options.

* * Pricing subject to changes dependent upon materials, base cost of harmonica, and addition of custom optional upgrades.  Shipping and handling fees will be added to total order.  CA orders subject to 7.5 % sales tax.

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