Buying melodica, a=440 or 442 Hz

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    Karolina
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    Hello,

    I am looking into buying my first melodica. My main concern is that I mainly want to use it to play with other musicians (violin, accordion, flute, etc). In a lot of cases the melodicas has a=442 Hz. I have always taken for granted that all non-tunable instruments have a=440 Hz, so this has never been a question before. What pitch do you experience works best with groups? Is there a noticable difference between a=440 and a=442 Hz?
    Also what melodica would you recommend with a=440 Hz?
    I am also kind of after a melodica with a good mellow sound that blends nicely. Any recommendations?
    Thanks 🙂

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    Alan Brinton
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    442 is typical for a melodica, Karolina. But melodicas are tunable, and it’s not as hard as you might expect, especially on a new melodica. I generally tune mine down to A=440 or 441. See the tutorial here.

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