Buying a Melodica in Toyko/Osaka

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  • #9887

    Yan
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    Hello!

    This is probably a long shot, but I would to ask the community if anyone has any experience purchasing a melodica in Japan? As a friend of mine whom is also travelling to japan, I had attempted getting him to pick up a Suzuki B-24 for me while there. While I have searched the dealer lists and the web, most stores seems to be rather out of the way.

    I would most definitely update here if I have research that I could contribute in anyway.

    #9891

    Julie C.
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    Hi, I bought a Suzuki M32 which I absolutely loved but it went out of tune pretty quick. Before I get a lecture, I do not have time to tune melodica, believe me! I had my brother do it, it took him four hours (he said never again) and it lasted about a week. Pretty bummed. That Suzuki had a great sound, a lot of soul. I have a Yamaha P37, perfectly in tune, no soul. I hardly ever play now. I can’t afford to keep buying Suzuki’s from Japan that go out of tune! So that’s my two cents. Take or leave.

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    Valerio
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    I’m planning a trip to Japan too,
    I would like to know a list of melodica dealer in the Tokyo/Kyoto area but I can’t find on the Internet.
    Any japanese melodica lover here??

    #9938

    Yan
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    Adding my research here from after emailing and googling several of the Japanese dealers. Unfortunately I only did my research for Toyko.

    Note that some of companies have a few different stores and not all locations stock melodica esepcially if youre looking for the PRO models. I believe most music stores should have the basic melodicas for schoolchildren but I cant confirm as I have never been to Japan myself.

    1) Ikkebe Gakki
    Emailed this store and their Kenbando store, just next to Shibuya train station is apparently the store specialized in Keyboard and should have most models here.

    2) Ishashi Gakki
    From what I understand they have a few stores in Japan. You can try emailing them as they responded to me in English, but I did spoke further as they didnt have the model I wanted.

    3) Taniguchi Gakki
    They have a specialized Accordion/harmonica/melodica floor here. Located just one station away from akihabara which is a very common tourist destination. Unfortunately I emailed them and received no response. They did have an english page which unfortunately also says they dont speak english so…. :/

    4) Kurasawa Gakki
    I only know they sell a few basic models and didnt do much research after that

    5) Amazon Japan
    Apparently I only realized after ordering directly from Amazon JP that my friend mentioned I could have sent it to a local 7-11 or other convenience store and have picked it up. However you might be charged the 8% local consumption tax and have no way of testing it beforehand.

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