Alan Brinton

  • I sent the link to my brother who reported back that the next video suggested for viewing by the Youtube algorithm was “How to lubricate your noisy garage door.” ☺

  • I like it!

    Apparently, you have little fear of retribution by the current Norwegian government.

  • Alan Brinton posted a new activity comment 4 days, 7 hours ago

    The highest note on the Piano 26 (the gray metal one with the small keys) is C6, which is also the highest note in the keyboard layouts of almost all 32 key melodicas. This is not more piercing or shrill than C6 on other standard melodicas. This Piano 26 also definitely doesn’t sound more like a toy than other melodicas. If anything it has a…[Read more]

  • Alan Brinton posted a new activity comment 5 days, 8 hours ago

    Mark,

    I am one of those who prefer the Suzuki M-37C (or M-32C) over the Pro37v2. I think it has a smoother, somewhat less harsh sound. I doubt from what I have seen and read that the v3 is substantially different from the v2.

    It is very hard to get (or to refurbish) a Clavietta that does not leak so much that it is actually playable. I have…[Read more]

  • I’m having trouble getting my feet into that configuration, one of the limitations of being 73 as opposed to 3, I guess.

  • That sounds pretty good. I think I hear some dub influence in there. I generally try playing along with your samples seeing to what extent I can approximate your sounds with a bare naked melodica. With this, my Suzuki MA-32 “Super II” gets me part way there. It bends notes pretty well.

  • Alan Brinton posted a new activity comment 1 month, 1 week ago

    Oh, I was assuming that you didn’t already have one.

    You’ve carved out a niche for your investigations, Paul, that nobody else is filling.

  • Alan Brinton posted a new activity comment 1 month, 1 week ago

    If I were you, I’d buy it now, regardless of how many he says he has in stock. That’s a bargain price for a new HM-26, and at that price somebody may buy out his stock.

    • The one I have is in good shape so I’m not in the market. I have my collectibles set aside and most of what I buy now are entry level pieces just to see low end improvements. My conclusion has been most of them are really quite remarkable for the price. Hopefully this will bring more enthusiast to the melodica.

      • Oh, I was assuming that you didn’t already have one.

        You’ve carved out a niche for your investigations, Paul, that nobody else is filling.

  • Alan Brinton posted a new activity comment 1 month, 1 week ago

    There was some stock still out there a few years ago, Paul. I believe it was last made in 2011 and Hohner USA was selling some for a few years after that.

    • Thanks, Alan. The dealer is trying to unload a lot of 40 so we’ll be seeing them for awhile. I got mine used quite some time ago so I wasn’t inclined to spend $49 right now.

      • If I were you, I’d buy it now, regardless of how many he says he has in stock. That’s a bargain price for a new HM-26, and at that price somebody may buy out his stock.

        • The one I have is in good shape so I’m not in the market. I have my collectibles set aside and most of what I buy now are entry level pieces just to see low end improvements. My conclusion has been most of them are really quite remarkable for the price. Hopefully this will bring more enthusiast to the melodica.

          • Oh, I was assuming that you didn’t already have one.

            You’ve carved out a niche for your investigations, Paul, that nobody else is filling.

  • Alan Brinton posted a new activity comment 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    It has a spit valve with a screw-on cap, Mark. I don’t think the keys are especially noisy; the instrument itself is fairly loud. I personally do not think it is an upgrade from the other melodicas you mention, but it does have a different sound that may be worth having in your collection. There are lots of these available, so I wouldn’t get…[Read more]

  • Interesting discovery, Anton. I thought the Russians would be too busy working on the 2020 U.S. presidential election. Music teachers must be making use of the OHP in classrooms in Russia and India. Which means they’re teaching melodica to school children. The future is bright!

  • Alan Brinton posted a new activity comment 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    This is puzzling. I wonder if you’d be having this problem with a Yamaha P37D Pianica or a Suzuki M37C Melodion. I have not played a Superforce 37, only a Hohner Performer 37. But generally speaking, among current melodicas the Suzuki metal tray and Yamaha melodicas are of better quality construction than Hohners. I’ve worked on a lot of these ins…[Read more]

  • Alan Brinton posted a new activity comment 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    Okay, Monalia. I suggest that you play your melodicas at an upward angle. You can do this either by directly angling the melodica up or by using a tube, maybe a shortened tube. But maybe someone else has another suggestion. I doubt that there’s any chemical solution.

    • It’s a weird thing. I play upright and into a mike set up next to my keyboard stand. (I have another vocal mike set up directly in front of me. I play standing up and mostly dancing. I play the melidica upright into its own mike. What’s weird is that in both new melodicas it’s the same 4 notes that are prone to sticking; middle C and the chrom…[Read more]

      • This is puzzling. I wonder if you’d be having this problem with a Yamaha P37D Pianica or a Suzuki M37C Melodion. I have not played a Superforce 37, only a Hohner Performer 37. But generally speaking, among current melodicas the Suzuki metal tray and Yamaha melodicas are of better quality construction than Hohners. I’ve worked on a lot of these ins…[Read more]

  • Alan Brinton posted a new activity comment 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    Hi, Monalia.

    The stickiness probably is not due to your unique saliva, since the moisture that collects inside the melodica is from condensation (unless you are noticeably drooling down into it while playing). I suggest rinsing the melodica out occasionally, for example a few days before a gig so it has time to fully dry out. Search “melodica b…[Read more]

  • Yes, Jerry. Not to get political, but “spitefulness” is exactly the right word for U.S. policy toward Cuba. The effects of it are so obvious when one visits Havana, especially in the living conditions and in the infrastructure. Still, everyone who learned that we were Americans was most gracious to us. Lovely people. The Mojitos and Libras are…[Read more]

  • The club at EGREM wasn’t at all touristy the three evenings we were there. The club was pretty full, but so far as I could tell, my wife and I were the only tourists there. Well, Americans can’t actually be tourists in Cuba. We were there under the category “Support for the Cuban People.”

  • I’ve had the CD for years. It’s one of my favorites. I ordered the DVD when I got back from Cuba. Buena Vista Social Club was recorded at EGREM Studios, THE recording studio in Cuba with its main studio at the location we visited. The musicianship of players at the club all three nights was phenomenal. And those people are very friendly!

  • When I went to Havana two months ago, as I think I mentioned earlier, I took a Hohner HM-927 (first Piano 27) with me and gave it to a singer/guitarist at Patio de la EGREM. It was “guitar night” and he was one of the terrific players, whose name I unfortunately did not get. I took that model because it’s a classic and was easiest to fit in my…[Read more]

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