Kevin replied to the topic Vintage Hohner Soprano Melodica 26— where to buy reeds? in the forum Melodica construction, repair and maintenance 1 day, 17 hours ago
I think Alan is right. I can see in the photo the non-working reed is much higher than any of the other reeds. You can tell by the way the cast shadow is longer and fuller. Too much of a gap and it lets air pass through the hole.
Another thing to check is if there is anything in the melodica that’s blocking the air-flow. It’s a fairly…[Read more]
Andrea — I have done several threads here on vintage Italian melodicas, including a detailed description of one of my refurbishing projects linked below. If you search the forums here for “Italian” or for brand names such as the two you mention, you’ll find more photos and comparisons. The reeds of the vintage Italian models are very similar, in…[Read more]
Daren Banarsë replied to the topic Vintage Hohner Soprano Melodica 26— where to buy reeds? in the forum Melodica construction, repair and maintenance 4 days, 18 hours ago
One other thing: when a reed fails, it’s usually because of tiny fractures or fatigue in the metal, for which there is no cure, just as “there is no cure for love.”
Alas, yes, Alan is right, “there’s nothing pure enough to be a cure for love” But one can sometimes find solace in a full set of finely tuned and gapped reeds.
I bought a vintage melodica in great conditions: it’s a Bontempi (same as Chordiana with some differences), ITs sound is a mix with the warm of the Hohner of the same time And the sparkle of the Boriel Clavietta!a nice addiction to my collection!!!
Sorry but I don’t know how to post pics…
Alan Brinton replied to the topic Vintage Hohner Soprano Melodica 26— where to buy reeds? in the forum Melodica construction, repair and maintenance 1 week ago
Daren is right about this, Tiffany. This model is very easy to find on eBay, often very cheap. Unless you want to try to fix this one out of an interest in experimentation, it’s best to just find another one, probably to simply replace this one, though, rather than to find replacement reeds.
However, have you tried adjusting the gap? That is, the…[Read more]
Might be a long shot but could you flip the existing reed over – or remove it and try to straighten it?
Tiffany Duke replied to the topic Vintage Hohner Soprano Melodica 26— where to buy reeds? in the forum Melodica construction, repair and maintenance 1 week, 1 day ago
It’s the Hohner HM900 Soprano Melodica.
See below photos to see what the reeds look like,I’ve marked the problematic reed. it doesn’t make any sound. if replacement reeds aren’t available does anyone know any likely repairs? Is there anyway to one could make a custom reed oneself that could potentially work on this model? Thanks for the help!…[Read more]
Daren Banarsë replied to the topic Vintage Hohner Soprano Melodica 26— where to buy reeds? in the forum Melodica construction, repair and maintenance 1 week, 1 day ago
Hi Tiffany, these are nice little melodicas, but they’re so old, I don’t think you’ll be able to find replacement reeds. Also several reeds are fixed on to one reed plate, so you’d be looking at replacing the whole reed plate. I’d suggest looking for secondhand models that aren’t working. The chances are that the reeds are still in tact, and…[Read more]
Hi Kenneth, I’m no expert on pedals, but I’d imagine a chorus would start achieving the sound you’re after. You could also experiment with replicating the other detuned reeds of a real musette instrument, by trying a pitch shifter, slightly detuned, or maybe an octave lower and slightly detuned.
I’m sure someone else has already worked it out,…[Read more]
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