Paul Durham

  • Paul Durham posted an update 2 months ago

    Dez, would you believe after my stroke when I could no longer play right handed I gave away my Piano 26. I’d owned almost 30 years and it was still like new.

  • Awesome, Daren. Sweet tone. That was your own build, was it not?

  • Paul Durham posted an update 3 months ago

    @dezb1 Dez, bet there will be more. It is fascinating to see players catch the “BUG” for the melodica.

  • Paul Durham posted a new activity comment 3 months, 3 weeks ago

    Got the Piano36 today and really thrilled !

  • Paul Durham posted a new activity comment 3 months, 3 weeks ago

    Thanks for letting me know. I’m pretty sure I’m going to be able to work around the flaw and the seller assures me the reeds and keys all still work fine.

  • Finally sprang for a piano 36. Has a broken mouthpiece connector but I hope to work around that with a hose mouthpiece since my disability make holding a melodica upright impossible. I have a vintage piano 26 I tested the idea on and it worked. I am jumping on this because of the low price — just under $34 delivered. I’ll have it late next…[Read more]

    • Hi Paul,

      Having owned several Hohner Melodica-Piano 36s, and having researched buying them for a long time, I can say that the older (and better) models made in Germany have a thin-walled mouthpiece connector. Eight out of ten of them have cracked or broken mouthpiece connectors. Eventually, Hohner realized this problem and initiated an…[Read more]

  • Paul Durham posted an update 4 months ago

    In reply to David and Lowboy, a great vintage melodica that you can try before you buy is a rare opportunity. And as Lowboy has said in earlier posts, Suzuki is a great make and the M37 is a beautiful instrument.

    • The big Suzukis are among the louder melodicas played acoustically, the Pro 37v2 in particular, but also older M-36 models that are not hard to find.

  • Frances, no I haven’t. But I’ve always suspected these are very generic chinese models rebadged for the specific market, See my comments a few weeks ago about chinese sourcing,

  • Hi, Dee. As far as I know the Melodica Men are sourcing their melodicas from china..

  • Paul Durham posted an update 7 months ago

    Got my Eastar 37 Fantastic. If you should disguise the names, no one can tall the difference with the Performer that cost me 85 dollars.

  • Paul Durham posted a new activity comment 7 months ago

    Further research shows reviews of the Eastar melodica has a 9.8 satisfaction rating, the top instrument for 2018. Think this was an awesome opportunity to pay only $$22.49 US.

  • Put in a new order for an Easter 37 KEY melodica from china. I was impressed by the technical spec’s that they are using phosphor bronze reeds. Has anyone here had any experience with this brand?

    • Further research shows reviews of the Eastar melodica has a 9.8 satisfaction rating, the top instrument for 2018. Think this was an awesome opportunity to pay only $$22.49 US.

  • WELCOME, Gary. You’ve picked a geat instrument. Decide on a style you like. Practice your breathing. And play to your heart’s content.

  • See The complete uinstrument at…[Read more]

  • Paul Durham posted an update 12 months ago

    After all your excellent observations on the E, I am not planning to get one. The sense that the new model may be more adult seems largely a marketring ploy if only the case has changed.

  • Paul Durham posted an update 1 year ago

    Had a gift recently and thought I’d pick up another Woodnote as I had passed along the one I purchased. I was surprised to receive a new model – black – which is no longer a faux yamaha. It was very nice and richer tone. I think they will be very competetive in the Mid-range pricing.

  • Very exited to hear your initial reaction to the 37E. Hoping they will soon be sold in the U.S. market.

  • Black hoses are now available as an aftermarket upgrade on Ebay … and yes I think they add a certain elegance.

  • We should be cautious about labeling the less expensive end of the market “FOR CHILDREN”. I have purchased many of these to inspect and have found most very good. I can’t say how long they would play in tune or how long less expensive reeds would be reliable, but as many of us have said in the past, they make a great intreduction to the world…[Read more]

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