Hohner 44 reed broken. Help
May 15, 2016 at 10:28 pm #7276
i’m a new forum member and i’m seeking some help
I have the Hohner 44 melodica but unfortunately the mid-G key is broken. Actually not the key itself, but the metal reed beneath the key. The note is dead…
Some months ago i send the melodica to an accordion technician here in Greece to fix, it but he could not find a replacement of the reed… He told me that i would have to buy a new metallic reed which includes not only the broken G-note but others too (i think is an octave or something like this)
Do you guys have any idea where i could fix it or find a replacement? I know i can find nothing here in Greece, where the hammond is relatively rare… I prefer a european country for financial reasons. It’s also easier to send/receive parts etc
Thanx for any input
YannisMay 16, 2016 at 12:09 am #7277
I just replaced the reeds in my Hammond 44HP last night.
I’m in the US and it was difficult to find replacement reeds here too. Suzuki US said they were out of stock and couldn’t tell me exactly when they’d be in other than that it’d be a while.
So, thanks to another forum member here, who provided contact info, I ordered them from Japan. The info is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Att: Go Kawamoto
I bought two full sets of replacement reeds for approximately $150 USD including shipping. As far as I can tell, the reeds are only sold in full sets, so you can’t buy just the one reed plate you need alone.
They are very easy to install yourself, though, although it does involve unscrewing many small screws.May 16, 2016 at 4:04 am #7278
Hello Yannis, have you opened the melodica to see if the reed is actually broken and not just stuck. Unless it is badly out of tune it may just be caught in the reed plate and not sounding. It is easy to open and check. The site that Binyomin list is a great site if you do need to replace the reed plate, don’t forget to order the paper gasket in case you tear yours removing the reed plate. Also you do not need to replace all the plates unless the tone is off. Save them for when another reed breaks.
Monsters of MelodicaMay 16, 2016 at 9:57 am #7280
Thanx for the input guys
Binyomin, i think i should order a full set of reeds. Thanx
Melodica-Me, the reed is broken. It was not but the ignorant “technician” broke it totally! It’s not a matter of tuning it, but replacing it…So i will replace the upper plate and leave in place the lower one – the melodica is not out of tune.May 17, 2016 at 8:20 am #7282
Hello guys, again…
So i send my inquiry to Mr. Kawamoto but, unfortunately, they don’t have stock of the required items in Japan. They were polite but couldn’t help more…
Any idea where i could go?
Do Hammond-Suzuki in the USA have them?
Thank againMay 17, 2016 at 3:32 pm #7283
Following your troubles, you might try Suzuki-Japan directly.
In japanese, but Google does a pretty good job at translating. I believe what you need is toward the bottom on the right
ShannonMay 17, 2016 at 3:56 pm #7284
Well, it seems that my first post was …wrong! I posted about a “Hohner 44 melodica”, where my melodica is of course a HAMMOND 44 melodica! MY fault, sorry to perplexe you guys
So i will try to get in contact with Hammond in Europe, which is situated in Netherlands.
The japanese site Shannon send me has a “global menu” and it sends all european users to Netherlands…
Wish me luck
I never thought fixing a reed plate would be such a big problem…May 17, 2016 at 4:08 pm #7285
There is no such thing as a Hohner 44. I assumed and answered you for the Hammond 44. It is made by Suzuki. (Suzuki owns the “Hammond” brand.)May 17, 2016 at 4:12 pm #7286
Oh, and that’s odd, because I emailed today about buying a spare set for my Hammond 44 (non HP this time) as well as the paper gasket, and got back a response with two links for Hammond 44 and Hammond 44HP reeds. It seems that they don’t have the gasket, though, although it could just be a translation/comprehension issue, as they don’t read English, but use translation software instead.
Here are the links he sent me. The first os for the Hammond 44 reeds and the second is for the Hammond 44 HP reeds.May 17, 2016 at 4:16 pm #7287
there are no links on your post 🙂 Maybe a typo
I would appreciate if you re-sendMay 18, 2016 at 11:59 am #7292
I think i found the solution
I came in contact with Hammond Suzuki in Netherlands and i have two solutions
Either they send me the reed plate and i have to fix/tune it, or
I send them my melodica and they do all the job
Solution no1 is a little cheaper, but i’m afraid i can’t fix it and tune it myself.
So i might opt for solution no 2May 18, 2016 at 9:03 pm #7294May 20, 2016 at 3:50 pm #7296
I think i’ll ship it to Holland
It will be faster and the cost will be just a little more expensive than buy the plate from Japan and pay someone to install/tune them in Greece
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