Paul Durham

  • The vent pattern on my new Harris Brand melodica are very close to this Song Lin. It is in black and has the deluxe back canvas carrying case.

  • Just got delivery on my Harris Brand melodica. I’m extremely pleased. It is very close to the Schoenhut but the bottom has different vent holes and somewhat wider feet, But the connection for adding a strap is exactly the same. One other difference, the opening for the mouthpiece has a chrome ring on the harris — just an added touch of…[Read more]

  • Thanks, lowboy. I think something in the range of 24 inches would solve the problem.

  • Lowboy, what some of us need is longer tubes for tabletop playing. Often times when reaching for high notes on the 37 key melodica I am finding too much strain, occasionally pulling the mouthpiece right out. Thanks for your hard work researching better mouthpieces.

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  • Paul Durham posted an update 1 week, 1 day ago

    I visited a site the other day outlining some of the chinese manufacturers. I was surprised to learn how some were actively working toward “High Quality” instruments and mentioning the use of phosphor bronze in their reeds. Hopefully this information will become available in sales information for the end user. So many companies are advertising…[Read more]

  • Paul Durham posted an update 1 week, 1 day ago

    i visited the photos section and saw melodicas-me’s fine collection and didn’t feel so weird for getting so many. As Alan was saying prices are so low right now. I found one and though I swore off buying went for one more yamaha clone called the Harris. It was just $26 delivered. Some sellers are now asking more than that for shipping!

  • I understand the saxaphone neck strap is very adaptable to the melodica and they seem to be well priced on Ebay

  • This was the model that was my second melodica. Gave it away to a harmonica enthusiast who was performing in our nursing home. I will always have a soft spot for that Hohner. They were built to last back then.

  • Told you this is seriously the off-season. And many people are clearing old stock. My Schoenhut came with a sticker that it was manufactered in 2013. It did not show any signs of ever being used. I will continue to follow the market but it’s time to pay the piper and pay down my card. Is your new hohner going to be one of your projects?

  • Paul Durham posted a new activity comment 1 week, 2 days ago

    Thanks. Right now everything seems fine. I’m a stroke victim without the use of the right hand so will always be playing the melodica flat. My right hand is slowly improving but I think by the time it comes back I’ll be so used to this I’ll nevver go back to holding the melodica by the strap.

  • Paul Durham posted a new activity comment 1 week, 3 days ago

    I found my way back to our conversations at long last. I’m having such a great week with getting the M37 and the Schoenhut. I REALLY have to stop now, though there’s an amazing number of good buys still out there. The M37 is so beautiful in construction, Maybe a little above the Yamaha even though it has many admirers. I think the M37 really…[Read more]

  • Paul Durham posted a new activity comment 1 week, 3 days ago

    fuego, I just got an M37 and love it. I can’t see paying double for the pro unless money is no object.

  • Paul Durham posted a new activity comment 1 week, 3 days ago

    Alan, I just got the Schoenhut today and was absolutely bowled away by how deep and rich the tone was. I had been convinced by the source being a toy company that it would lack something. Soooo Wrong. It is great and no toy! I’d say it is superior to anything I have tried in the Yamaha and Hohner clones. I definitely will not be looking…[Read more]

  • Thank you for your tips on buying games and toys. While around the world many youths are learning music by playing the melodica, by the nature of this forum we are encouraging the use of melodicas as serious instruments for adults. We hope to bring to the public a greater understanding of the craftsmanship and technologies that can be employed…[Read more]

  • Paul Durham posted an update 1 week, 5 days ago

    had some keyboarding problems. Was saying “EFFORTLESSLY”, No comparison to my recent hohner clones. But I think they all have a place in getting melodica players started.
    But my advice to anyone ready to move up — go the suzuki M37. It is certainly a sweet sounding instrument and very easy to play; and a little weightier for the handheld…[Read more]

    • Hi, Paul! I hope your instrument better than my suzuki Pro- 37 V2., in which after three years has come off the handle (it is the only such!), and tightness was disrupted .

      • Thanks. Right now everything seems fine. I’m a stroke victim without the use of the right hand so will always be playing the melodica flat. My right hand is slowly improving but I think by the time it comes back I’ll be so used to this I’ll nevver go back to holding the melodica by the strap.

  • Paul Durham posted an update 1 week, 5 days ago

    Alan, I can’t get back in our previous conversation so I’ll start new. The Suzuki M37 came a couple of hours ago. There isn’t any type of flaw.. I guess the previous customer just had a change of heart. I only had a little time to try it but was really amazed at the beautiful tone. And the ease of chording was great. Really no additional…[Read more]

  • I bought a uaed Schoenhut 37 on ebay today. It was advertised as used but like new. I’m thinking this will be alot like my woodnote. Only this is black with the deluxe carrying case. You are absolutely right when you say they are not comparable with Yamaha but at $18.87 who could go wrong?

  • Paul Durham posted an update 2 weeks, 3 days ago

    One of the surprising turn of events lately has been the number of button type meodicas that are turning up on Ebay. I gave mine to the younger generation of my family — I think a nephew but I don’t remember it has been so long ago. To me, the piano keys made the melodicas a really believable instrument. I’m kind of shocked to find they…[Read more]

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