Paul Durham

  • One of the observations I have made is that my new melodyman has its tone slots on the back and nearly all of the other off brands though they have similar curved ends have tone slots on the side. So they definitely not exactly the same in the case design. Much closer to the hohner and Suzuki STUDY construction.

  • Paul Durham posted a new activity comment 3 days, 14 hours ago

    How soon we forget — I should have called the other melodica Woodnote. It has found a new home with one of my caregiver’s son.

  • Paul Durham posted a new activity comment 4 days, 9 hours ago

    I forgot to mention one that was impressive is that cocerning mouthpiece, the melodica came with the tube, the trumpet mouthpiece and the curved mouthpiece. Though I can’t use anything but the tube I thought it was great to be so complete at $32.

    • How soon we forget — I should have called the other melodica Woodnote. It has found a new home with one of my caregiver’s son.

  • Paul Durham posted a new activity comment 4 days, 10 hours ago

    I meant verify

  • Paul Durham posted a new activity comment 4 days, 10 hours ago

    As I noted in my public comments there is nothing to completely very that the melodica I received was manufactured in America. I find it a decent student melodica but somewhat lighter in tone than a hohner or suzuki. I think it looks much like the harris melodicas now on ebay. Like you I think that these might be assebled here but are far…[Read more]

  • Got delivery of my Melodyman melodica today. While my online search led me to Buckeye Music in Dayton, ohio, the instrument I received was labeled New Palestine, Indiana. I am thinking they are not really very far apart. The case is curved at both end and somewhat recessed on the side with the white keys. The white keys are slightly…[Read more]

  • 041262 could also stand for April 12. It is very common to place the month first so that numerical order is preseerved in date calculations.

  • Paul Durham posted a new activity comment 5 days, 18 hours ago

    Alan, I visited the company website, https://heringharps.com/melodicas.html
    and I noted again their claim to be manufacturers. It is found under specifications. Anyway the horn has shipped and I’m expecting delivery Monday afternoon.

    • My skepticism arises out of the fact that other American companies that have claimed to be manufacturing their own melodicas don’t ever seem to be producing anything different from what is mass produced very cheaply in China and easily imported. Lots of them sound pretty good. I have not been able to find any evidence of American companies…[Read more]

  • Paul Durham posted a new activity comment 5 days, 19 hours ago

    I have my reservations. Especially at that low price. I suspect they are tuning them in America like some other brands.

  • Paul Durham posted an update 1 week ago

    Got an unexpected win today when I offered $32 for a Melody Man 32 key melodica. Has any played one before? The compaany is Buckeye out of Dayton, Ohio and they say their instrument are made in the U.S. It will be interesting to see how they compare with the China made melodicas. In view of my latest acquisitions I am passing along my…[Read more]

    • I’ll bet dollars to doughnuts that it is made in China, Paul. Well, I guess a doughnut costs about a dollar these days.

      • I have my reservations. Especially at that low price. I suspect they are tuning them in America like some other brands.

      • Alan, I visited the company website, https://heringharps.com/melodicas.html
        and I noted again their claim to be manufacturers. It is found under specifications. Anyway the horn has shipped and I’m expecting delivery Monday afternoon.

        • My skepticism arises out of the fact that other American companies that have claimed to be manufacturing their own melodicas don’t ever seem to be producing anything different from what is mass produced very cheaply in China and easily imported. Lots of them sound pretty good. I have not been able to find any evidence of American companies…[Read more]

      • As I noted in my public comments there is nothing to completely very that the melodica I received was manufactured in America. I find it a decent student melodica but somewhat lighter in tone than a hohner or suzuki. I think it looks much like the harris melodicas now on ebay. Like you I think that these might be assebled here but are far…[Read more]

      • I forgot to mention one that was impressive is that cocerning mouthpiece, the melodica came with the tube, the trumpet mouthpiece and the curved mouthpiece. Though I can’t use anything but the tube I thought it was great to be so complete at $32.

        • How soon we forget — I should have called the other melodica Woodnote. It has found a new home with one of my caregiver’s son.

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

    Got delivery yesterday on my latest ebay find — a pianica style 37 key instrument of unknown origin. It is very mellow in tone. A few reeds seem like they are not as responsive as the rest, but at an estimated age of 10 years I find that it was in pretty good condition. The purchase price was just under $30 with delivery.

  • Reminds me of the bass pedals of a reed organ. I wonder if this was a supplement to a hands only instrument?

  • Welcome, Conor. Those of us who have played for a long time are also glad that this great instrument is finally coming to a new level of respect! Keep up the good work and Happy St. Patrick’s day.

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

    I was just checking Ebay and for anyone interested in the Suzuki M37C there is a used one listed with a description used a few times. Check it out if you are looking to save a few…[Read more]

  • Very pleased for you. It is always good to make your own choices and only you can judge whether the extra cost is justified. If it gives the service you need, great.

  • Paul Durham posted an update 4 weeks ago

    I just got the Suzuki Study 32 that I posted about recently. I had considered the MX32 model which had not come into stock and when the study was reduced I decided I might be just as happy. Well pleasant surprise… I love it. Great Tone and easy on the lungs. No extra breath needed for chords. I wouldn’t be surprised now if it turns into…[Read more]

    • I’m glad to hear your report, Paul, as I’ve been a fan of the Student 32 for a long time, as standing out among cheap melodicas. A couple of years ago when the price on Amazon was at about $20 U.S., I bought one for each of my daughter’s three young children. One of its virtues is the ease of bending notes. You might be interested in an operation…[Read more]

  • Paul Durham posted an update 1 month ago

    Lukas — there have been some ads on Ebay for Suzuki M37C in the $90 range. Most reviewers seem to rate it very high. In fact most say it is alot of instrument for the money.

    • Lukas replied 1 month ago

      I think you meant to reply to my thread but accidentally wrote it as an update 🙂 Anyways, yes it seems like people think the M37C is better, but I really like the pro37 better aesthetically so I’m seriously considering paying more simply for that aspect. I mean it’s not bad, is it? Also shipping costs from Ebay seems a bit uncertain, while the…[Read more]

  • Really enjoyed your Dixieland Jazz. Hope you’ll add some more to youtube, Jazzman.

  • Treble clef music will be fine. Ledger lines can be used for all the note below (F BELOW middle C) for alto voice and the lines above the staff for the soprano note through F3.

  • I had a chance to find the charts I told you about. The 32 note soprano is a whole 8va higher than a 32 note alto. But it haas only the half-octave higher than a 37. I hope this helps.

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