Is a melodica type hammond always tune a little high out of the factory?
I have two melodica hammond (the 44 and the hyper), and I realize that it is not tune perfectly but always a little higher, but slightly on each note ….. is this normal? is it usual? or should it be perfectly tune? my booking is made with a good quality smartphone app tuner.
thank you in advance for your clarification because although being a pianist, having made me very quickly the way to play on a melodica …. the technical aspect is still for me a universe to discover so I’m interested in any advice about this wonderful instrument that I now have in my skin.
Hello Frederic, both my 44 and Hp came a little higher. I believe they are designed this way. If you play with a lot of dynamics, when played at low volume, notes will be a little sharp, but if you play a little louder you will notice that pitch will sound more in tune. It is not recommended that you play loud or blow extremely hard consistently as this can cause a reed to crack in time. If you are out of tune a few cents, play for 10-15 minutes and check your tuning at a moderate volume and see if it has changed. If your melodeon is out of tune octave to octave, then the you should tune ore return it if you do not feel confortable tuning it. Some stores will not replace them if you have played it for a while so contact the seller and let them know right away that it came out of tune.
I hope this helps.
Thank you very much for your answer and the precision of this one. You have enlightened me perfectly and I understand much better the operation of my 2 hammond (44 and hyper). After checking and based on your explanations I am relieved …. my two Hammond melodicas are relatively correct. I also want to say that I particularly appreciate your achievements (and that of the people who are part of your team) on youtube …. they motivated me a lot to put myself in the melodica. see you soon !!!!
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