It possesses a bamboo comb like the Crossover, and a conical shaped lower cover plate.
Designed by noted harmonica player and customizer Joe Filisko, this plate helps reduce any rattle caused by the low frequency tone produced by the reeds.
His son Matthias Francisco Hohner belonged to the first generation of direct descendants who did not enter into the family business.
Many direct descendants of the founder are still active as members of the "Deutsches Harmonika Museum" and the "Hohner'sche Familienverein". Technically named the Marine Band 1896/20 for the year it was introduced and the twenty reeds it possesses, it has been the basis of a number of Hohner's harmonicas over the years.
It also has some tuning variations like the 1896N (natural minor key) and the 1896H (harmonic minor key).
The Marine Band has been Hohner's most popular model of harmonica for generations.
It has the same reeds as a Marine Band, but it has a plastic comb instead of a wooden comb, and rounded edges.
It was the first Hohner harmonica to have a plastic comb, which not only made the instrument more airtight, but also eliminated the swelling wood combs go through as they moisten from use.
Its most noted user is John Popper, who appears on the blister.
The Marine Band Thunderbird is a model of low and super-low pitched 10-hole diatonic harmonica that was introduced in 2011.
From the 1940s through 1990s, the company also manufactured various electric/electronic keyboards.