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The cut-outs at the ends of the covers are taller, but not as wide as on the previous example.The box now has #1896 added to the design on the top and a label on the bottom boasting of the quality of their instruments and of their award at the 1915 San Francisco Exposition.To identify the manufacture date of an Aria guitar, first locate the serial number, which is likely located on the back of the neck on an electric or in the body of an acoustic guitar.If a serial number is not present, the guitar was likely manufactured prior to the mid-1970s.(The picture above shows the words PATENT APPLIED FOR on the cover, so presumably this 1906 catalog must have used an old illustration.) It is possible that the 1896 model had different names for different markets, as another Hohner catalog from the same year shows the 1896 model with the name Marine Band and the familiar picture of Matthias Hohner on the cover (also with the words PATENT APPLIED FOR, even though the accompanying caption clearly states Patented August 24th 1897).For what it is worth, the name Marine Band was registered with the German Trademark Office as DRWZ 14708 in 1896 (the application was made January 30th and granted March 13th) and Hohner registered the name Up To Date as DRWZ 16213 later that same year (application made March 38th, granted May 5th).The Hohner company has produced more than 40 different models bearing the name Marine Band over the years, ranging from simple Richter diatonics with 20 reeds, to huge multiple tremolo instruments with almost 200 reeds and all sizes and types in between.However, the one which concerns us here is their model number 1896, Hohner's best-selling diatonic and probably the most well-known harmonica in he world.
Serial Number: 20011388Made in Korea Any help would be appreciated. if you hold the instrument with the low notes to the left, the trademark is on the upper cover.Just to confuse matters even further, the model number 1896 was also applied to similar harmonicas with different names, aimed at different markets.The six point star in the middle of the trademark is slightly larger and there are doubled circles around the WIEN and PHILAD.medals, single circles around ULM and STUTTGART medals.