I started the Beginner to Boss course with a Hohner Blues Band that I’d gotten for free through a promotional thing, and then a couple of months later I upgraded to the five-piece set of Special 20s. Not long thereafter, I bought a Marine Band in C just because I wanted to try it. I’ve pretty much alternated my daily sessions between the Special 20 and the Marine Band ever since.
I definitely like the sound of the Marine Band better. But I like the feel of the Special 20 A LOT better!
It’s not just that the plastic comb on the Special 20 doesn’t beat up my mouth like the wooden one on the Marine Band does, or that the corners of the Special 20 are less pointed. The biggest thing for me is that the Special 20 is a physically larger piece of equipment and easier for my big hands to deal with. It often seems like the Marine Band gets swallowed up in my hands like a bluegill going down the gullet of a largemouth bass. It shifts around in there, and thus becomes more difficult to play.
I’m wondering whether anyone else has experienced this type of deal and what some alternatives might be going forward. I could send an email to Hohner asking them to make the Marine Band bigger, but that probably won’t work. I’d actually take the harshness of the wooden comb in exchange for that incredible Marine Band sound, but I just can’t get around the size thing.