Alan Brinton

  • Alex posted an update 3 months, 3 weeks ago

    @abrinton Hi Alan! I became a member in hopes that you could help me out with a 8 year long dilemma. I came across a discarded Yamaha Pianica 36 in the trash. Years of Google-ing only made me realize no one really seems to know anything about them (on the internet at least) and you seem to be the go-to person. Throughout the years I’ve asked many…[Read more]

  • @abrinton Alan I understand your point that marks on a mouthpiece may indicate abuse but in my personal experience i have serious dental problems and have left tooth marks on the mouthpieces on serveral melodicas. I don’t consider that abuse and if that was a deciding factor. I recently bought both a suzuki and a melodyhorn and replaced the…[Read more]

    • My point wasn’t that using your teeth on the mouthpiece is melodica abuse. It was that teeth marks are evidence of the melodica’s having been used.

  • Mike Tedesco posted a new activity comment 1 year ago

    @abrinton @andy Thank you both for your feedback. I ended up going with the Hohner Instructor 32. Received it in the mail yesterday and haven’t stopped playing it. Really looking forward to learning my way around this thing. Thanks again for all the help!!

  • Mike Tedesco posted a new activity comment 1 year ago

    @andy @abrinton Thank you both for getting back to me! Really appreciate it. I see now that it is definitely the Hohner Student 32. Alan, I know in your posts you had suggested to either go with a Yamaha or Suzuki…but would going for this Hohner really be a bad choice? Thoughts from you Quetscher? Thank you both again!

    • No, I don’t think it would be a bad choice. In any case, it’s not major life decision! By the way, I’m pretty sure the Student 32 and the Instructor 32 are exactly the same, and you may get one if you order the other.

    • I’ve got two 32 keys melodicas and one of them is the Hohner Fire which is a special edition of the Student 32; there is nothing wrong with it although in my opinion it doesn’t sound as characterful as the Suzukis or the Yamahas – but that’s just my personal choice…

  • Mike Tedesco posted an update 1 year ago

    @abrinton Hi Alan. I’m new to the Melodica World and am very excited to dive right in. I’m currently in the process of struggling to figure out which melodica I’d like to purchase. Based on your comments that I’ve read, I believe a 32-key melodica would be the best bet for me at the moment. I figure I’ll upgrade to a 37 soon enough. Anyways, after…[Read more]

    • Hi Mike, I just read your post, and although I’m not Alan I thought I’d give it a try: the melodica in the Video seems to be a Hohner Student 32 played without a mouthpiece. Greetings, Quetscher

      • Beat me to it, Quetscher! Definitely a Hohner, and I agree it’s the Student 32.

        • It’s the older Student 32, rounded at the end more than the current model.

          • @andy @abrinton Thank you both for getting back to me! Really appreciate it. I see now that it is definitely the Hohner Student 32. Alan, I know in your posts you had suggested to either go with a Yamaha or Suzuki…but would going for this Hohner really be a bad choice? Thoughts from you Quetscher? Thank you both again!

            • No, I don’t think it would be a bad choice. In any case, it’s not major life decision! By the way, I’m pretty sure the Student 32 and the Instructor 32 are exactly the same, and you may get one if you order the other.

            • I’ve got two 32 keys melodicas and one of them is the Hohner Fire which is a special edition of the Student 32; there is nothing wrong with it although in my opinion it doesn’t sound as characterful as the Suzukis or the Yamahas – but that’s just my personal choice…

    • @abrinton @andy Thank you both for your feedback. I ended up going with the Hohner Instructor 32. Received it in the mail yesterday and haven’t stopped playing it. Really looking forward to learning my way around this thing. Thanks again for all the help!!

  • @abrinton Hello Alan, Thanks for you reply. It is the Burgundy metal model. There is no sound when playing one of the keys, plus I’m sure it needs a tuning as well. I have had it for over 40 years and it has sat for quite a while…!

    • Many of us here tune and do some repairs on our own melodicas, Neill.

      The reed for the key that’s not playing could have failed, or it could be stuck or need re-gapping. You should be able to tell by opening it up. The gap (distance between the reed plate and the tip of the reed) may need to be widened. This can be done easily by sliding…[Read more]