André Sant'Anna

  • So I decided to post a little Scarborough Fair arrangement that I did, and also played by myself.

    In the video it is possible to follow the music score, however, I’m not sure if I should have written the song with two different staves. In this example, I thought of writing my right hand on the top staff and the left hand on the bottom, like a…[Read more]

  • I knew the Buyee site only by name, but because of the fear that they did not deliver correctly in Brazil, I never bought anything. Maybe I should give it a chance because there really are a lot of melodica options out there. Thanks for the tip!

  • Very nice vintage melodica!

    On which Japanese sites can I find vintage melodicas to buy? I’m very interested!

  • After a search here in the forum, this model is physically similar to that of the Juliett Pianola and the Meazzi Accordietta Gigante, although there is no indication of the manufacturer.

    If “La Sopranina” has the sound similar to Clavietta, as Alan informs on the topic about Juliett Pianola, I am interested in acquiring, since I really like this…[Read more]

  • I found this model being sold here in Brazil. Somebody knows? The sale announcement says it’s an Italian model called “La Sopranina”. It seemed interesting to me.

  • Hello again,

    I recorded audio by comparing the sound and timbre of the Scala Scaletta 34 with the Yamaha P-32D. I chose the Yamaha model because the sound is more familiar and, in this way, it is possible to have a better sense of what the sound of Scaletta would be. Both were recorded with the same condenser microphone, an AKG Perception 420,…[Read more]

  • Hello Melodica-Me,

    I’m glad you’re interested in this melodica.
    It’s true that it has many similarities with Hohner, but I have not found anything that confirms that this model belongs to Hohner. In fact, as I wrote in my first post, the manufacturer is called Scala, who was a major manufacturer of musical instruments from Brazil in the 1960s to…[Read more]

  • `Hello everyone!

    Finally I recorded a video with the Scaletta.
    It is divided into two parts. In the first one I show the instrument with many angles and compare it with a customized Yamaha 32D. Unfortunately the camera did not focus properly, but you still can see the many details and get a good idea of the size of the instrument.

    In the second…[Read more]

  • Yes, I observed the gaps between the strips and placed the strips as close as possible so that, when the air chamber is closed, the gaps disappear. When I blow, I realize that air comes out of the places highlighted in the picture below, but not the from the gaps where the strips meet. I initially thought they were from the key pads, but if they…[Read more]

  • Hello everyone.

    Well, I tried to solve the leak problem of my Yamaha Pianica 32A. The leak was not much, but we always want our melodies working perfectly, don’t we?

    So I decided to replace the original gaskets (which were not really in good condition) by adhesive-backed stripping with 2mm, which are thicker than the originals. Unfortunately,…[Read more]

  • Although it looks like cracks, they’re just time marks, Alan. The surface of the keys remain smooth. It is even interesting that you have asked because in all the copies I have seen of this model, practically everyone has these marks. About Gui Prioli, thank you.

    Daren, I have a condenser microphone at home that would do this job well, but all my…[Read more]

  • Hello! First of all, I apologize if my English is not perfectly understandable, but I will write the best I can. I have been following the Melodica World forum and website for a long time and I have learned a lot here, so I would like to contribute now.

    So let’s go to the subject of the post. When I started to get interested in melodicas, then…[Read more]

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  • All the white keys have a identification behind them, the name of the note ( c d e, etc) and a number that informs the octave. Some of them don’t, so i marked this ones (the c notes, for example, have the same identification, so I marked them). The black keys are interchangable. I didn’t notice any diference about their funcionality after…[Read more]

  • Hello again, Alan. I disassembled and cleaned the entire melodica and after mounting it, the leak continued (not expected something very different, actually). It seems that I have to replace the gaskets and probably I will use a different material from that one that melodica originally has. I usually use an adhesive-backed stripping, just like as…[Read more]

  • No problem, Alan. When I read, I thought about changing the alcohol for white vinegar. I’ve been able to disassemble the melodica, really it is like your example above. Apparently the gaskets need to be changed. I still have not started to remove the old ones, but one of my doubts is how to remove the glue that remains on the plastic or I can glue…[Read more]

  • Hello Alan, thanks for the reply!

    The first time I tried, I removed the four screws, but the blue reed chamber cover did not come out, it looked stuck and I did not want to force it. Maybe it’s the spring clips, I’ll try to find them.

  • I just bought a Yamaha 32A. It is really differentiated, but my copy is not in such good condition. It needs a deep cleaning and it has a small leak. I tried to open it, but I noticed that internally it is very different from the P-32D. For example, I could not access the reeds. Any tips on how to do this on Yamaha Pianica 32A? Another thing, I…[Read more]

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