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Melodica? #2167024 02/22/10 06:48 PM
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Which model would you recommend?

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I know a few jazz pros here in Oslo play the Hammond one (it's ridiculously priced here... around $500-$700)as it has a built in pick-up.. but I found it shrill and tinny sounding acoustically due to its metallic body. I heard a cheap wooden one and it sounded like the living breathing instrument it is...

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I see various models made by

Merano
Schoenhut
Hohner
Hammond


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Nothing touches the Hammond-Suzuki Melodion 44.

The mouthpiece has a nice reed inside that gives you all sorts of expressive possibilities.

Great construction, three types of mouthpieces/extensions, well-tuned sound.

You can make it sound anywhere from a concertina, accordion, or harmonica, or even a little bit like a sax.


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Visit www.melodicas.com for tons of info on this wonderful instrument.

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I have the Hammond Suzuki and although it's too expensive no other melodica can beat the sound. It's just wonderful. The feel of the keyboard is perfect and the fact that you plug it (with effect pedals) makes the performance inspiring.


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+1 on www.melodicas.com. BTW - the guy that runs that site posts here as Acidolem (read the name backwards).

I use 2 melodicas regularly: a Hammond 36, and a Suzuki Melodion M37. I've found that notes often stick on the Suzuki if I blow hard. particularly on the bottom 5th. I've never had that issue with the Hohner.

Depending on the melodica you'll have to experiment to find the best mic position. The Hammond takes care of this by having a built-in pickup. I've had the most success mic'ing the Hohner from underneath and the Suzuki from the side due to the placement of the vents on those instruments. YMWV! I love the idea of the Hammond but spending $600 bucks on one is not in the cards.

That said, a melodica is a wonderful and very expressive instrument that I'm sure you will love! Be prepared to answer questions about it every time you pull it out on a gig. smile


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Wow, it's gone way up in price, just like the XK-series organs! I got my Melodion 44 for around $400 early last year.


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Still showing at $500. We also had the 20% off GC coupon which many others honor. cool

Re: Best Melodica? [Re: Markyboard] #2167139 02/23/10 08:50 AM
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i got myself a Hohner Student for 30 bucks. Does the job. I'm sure it will sound very similar to a $500 melodica once you mic it up and put it through the PA.


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Hammond is introducing 2 new Melodions, a bass melodion and a deluxe version of the Hammond Pro44.

http://tinyurl.com/HammondNAMM


There will also be a new finished wood version of the 2101MkII Leslie.

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Thanks for the replies!

By the way, I think Lande plays a Hohner 36

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Not sure why you named this thread "Best Melodica", as you've thus far ignored the unanimous answer to that question. Probably would have been better to ask "What melodica does Art Lande play?". thu


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I have the Hammond 44 and it is worth every penny. However, it's understandable that lots of folks don't have that much money lying around to buy something that will not be a main gigging axe. I also have a $25 melodica to take to the beach. Because why should guitar players have all the fun there. It gets the job done nicely.


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Yamaha now has some melodicas available in the US. (They call theirs a "Pianica." FAIL!) Haven't found one to try yet. Has anyone? http://www.yamaha.com/namm/w2009/PressRe...2&DDL_CAT=0

+1 on melodicas.com and here is an on-line vendor for Yamaha:
http://www.amazon.com/Yamaha-P37D-Pianica-Keyboard-Instrument/dp/B002R7U6VM


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I saw those at the show but didn't try them as they looked like toys. Nothing wrong with that as kids need something to get them inspired at an early age. My guess was that was the market (school music programs, where they still exist).

This isn't meant to disparage these units if they actually sound at a professional level. I had run out of steam by the time I got to the Yamaha booth; I don't have the energy for NAMM anymore.


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Thanks for all the responses.

What about the wooden "Mylodica" , http://www.melodicas.com/mylodica.htm

It seems to be the favorite at the site www.melodicas.com

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I had good luck with the top-drawer Hohner model[36 keys]. If you're really in to it though the Hammond-Suzuki would be fun to test drive.


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I've got a Hohner my dad bought for me when I was maybe 13-14 years old...I'm 52 now and it still plays great.

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I'd also like to hear from anyone with a Mylodica... they look a beautiful and the audio samples sound great.

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I've hesitated commenting as I sell melodicas and MyLodicas from my online site/home. I love this forum and did not want to spam my products. Opening pandoras box I proceed to babble.
There are pro/cons with all the wind pianos. Portability, cost, tone (subjective),tuning, parts which are becoming an important issue as more melodicas appear. An advantage of the Hohner and the MyLodica is that you can buy reed plates,and parts for them so with extended play you don't have to retire your instrument if/when you blow out a reed or lose a MP.The instruments are tunable but some are easier than others to get to the reeds. It's great to see a resurgence in this keyboard. 15 years ago few seemed to know,care, or play them.
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Hi Acidolem, Could you answer a question for me please? I like your website - I found it on google before you blew your cover! I did not understand what and where one files a reed to tune it. It says to file an end or at the base to change the pitch. Do you make it shorter - like file off an end, or do you make the reed thinner (File the top surface), or do you make the reed more narrow (file the sides? Thanks in advance - great site. I may get a Hohner 36 from you in the near future. I like to deal with forumites.


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Hi Daviel, you need to make the reed thinner (File the top surface)
depending then where you file on the top , front or back will determine changing the reed to a sharp or flat pitch. I recommend practicing on a cheap harmonica. It is easy to do but individual reeds can not be replaced as they are all riveted on a reed plate usually an octave each. I keep meaning to make a small video to clarify my confusing instructions on the site. Hope this helps.


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+1 Thanks!


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Hi Acidolem, Could you also answer some questions for me too?

I'm wondering which Melodica has the better key action. I worry that some would be a slippery for fast lines. The keys are little right? I imagine the keys action to be like playing on feathers without much finger support, could be hard to play well.

Also, which model gets closest to the sound of Toots Thieleamns chromatic harmonica? And can be pitch bent like Toots'?

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The MyLodica is my fav for a fast quiet action. Great for Jazz or Irish music. Not sure what you mean by slippery. You can bend single notes down on a melodica, explained on my site, but not to the degree (range) that a Toots gets from his chromatic harmonica.
Some of the cheaper melodicas are easier to bend notes on as the reeds are thinner.


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Played a Hohner 36 today. Didn't use any mouthpiece, so my key view was from down the side. The black keys were narrower than I would like, so I found it hard to feel where I was on the keys because the black keys didn't feel like they were there guiding me. I had trouble with sequential 7th chord arpeggios, I kept missing the thumb placement after the cross under into the next octave up. The keys springs felt a little lighter than I would like, and the key depth quite shallow. Tone was nice. I couldn't bend a note.

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The Hammond Pro44 is amazing. Really. I was not a believer until I played one (at Bill Levinson's place). Then I had to have one.

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