Paul Durham

  • Welcome Tyely. The vintage Yamaha models are very much sought after for build quality and performance. Usually they are very easy to service. Are all of the notes on your Pianica currently playable and in tune? I am sure in time you will hear from Alan. He is very experienced and knowledgable about vintage Yamahas.

  • The opening for the mouthpiece is very much the same. Would you be happier with the trumpet style mouthpiece. It comes with the M37C. You can but it by itself on Ebay. I don’t know of any of the better 32’s that are in black. The Suzuki is medium blue — but very stylish. Not at all like a toy.

  • Paul Durham posted an update 4 months ago

    Some of our members have offered to let guests try their instruments. Perhaps their are buskers or cafe performers using melodicas in your area. Talk to them and some might be willing to help. Unfortunely most stores are limited to Hohners.
    And I hope you won’t feel that you have poor quality in your Performer and Instructor. Despite some…[Read more]

  • Oliver. more users are happy with the factory tuning o the Yamaha Pianicas. The tuning will also last longer in most cases. Having to do less repairs and maintenance is what I mean by longer service. How you play and what you play will determine whether upgrading is worth the cost.
    Also let me say, I did not comment on mothpiece as I always…[Read more]

  • The P37D is plastic but superior in quality and tone to other less expensive instruments, Though if you watch for a good deal you can acquire the yamaha P37D for only a few dollars more than the Performer. Do you like a more resonant tone. That is the main difference in having a metal case. The build quality is pretty much the same. Longer…[Read more]

  • Paul Durham posted a new activity comment 4 months ago

    I have done alot of buying of hohner and yamaha CLONES and while they all seem to have their merits — if you are serious and want to choose only one, choose the yamaha 37 as Alan has suggested. I like the metal Suzukis for their resonance also but that may not be the sound you are looking for,
    As you say most people report being unhappy with…[Read more]

    • Hi Paul, I may have to buy both, they both have great sounds, but of course, ya, different sounds, one more brassy, one warmer (plus the extra keys). Thanks for your input, appreciate it, ya, not pro that Excalibur, junk.

  • Really enjoyed Nathan’s Swing video. Very nice coordination of the multiple instruments.

  • Though disappointed by the dead notes on my vintage Artist Ltd. melodica I decided not to have a friend open it. Actually I was able to work wirh a D flat scale to play around the problem. And like my metal Suzukis I have found the resonance very pleasing. So I decided to leave well enough alone and when I need another key, I’ll just use…[Read more]

  • Paul Durham posted a new activity comment 4 months, 2 weeks ago

    One more note. Do you usse it much? Seriously , manufacturers have experimented for many years with added range using 34, 36, and 37 notes. Various artist who play demanding music use the added range. On the other end of the spectrum are those who really like the light weight of smaller 25 note models. So choose based upon how and what you play.

  • I was able to get one a few months ago from California using Ebay. I checked but there wasu none this morning. Where you are they are most available online directly from Japan. Yes, the M37C is a fabulous melodica. You would enjoy the responsiveness and the great tone !

  • Paul Durham posted a new activity comment 4 months, 2 weeks ago

    Should stay out of vintage auctions. Sure enough 2 notes, D and G, do not play. Would not care is the missing note were high or low on the keyboard but there isn’t much I can play without these important notes. Don’t like to return items so one of the activity assistants is going to help me open the pianica and see if any gapping will help.

  • Won the artist tld. pianica for just 21.50 delivered. Now to hope that it has no problems!
    The other bidder came back with one small bid and I said to myself, “WHAT’S 2 DOLLARS”. That’s all it took to win the auction. I’ll get it in about a week.

    • Should stay out of vintage auctions. Sure enough 2 notes, D and G, do not play. Would not care is the missing note were high or low on the keyboard but there isn’t much I can play without these important notes. Don’t like to return items so one of the activity assistants is going to help me open the pianica and see if any gapping will help.

  • Some melodicas have been fitted for strap connections just as you assume. And some players are using guitar straps. Some are using neck straps that fit the connection on the underside below the mouthpiece.

  • Very Nice! Thanks for sharing!

  • I located your thread on the P-34. Clearly a little later than the seller in the Ebay auction may be thinking. Your photos show the Yamaha branding. Not able to see this in auction photos. I have a small bid but I won’t really be disappointed to be outbid because from your comment this sounds like the new owner needs to be ready to do…[Read more]

  • Looking at an auction for a P-34. The listing is still very low. What do you think of the vintage Yamaha’s. This one may go back to the days of Tokai ?

  • Paul Durham posted a new activity comment 4 months, 4 weeks ago

    Hi, alan. A few spare minutes to add to our exchange. I’m very happy with the S32 though it is not German. To me it has a slighly sweeter tone. And it is very easy on the lungs. chords clear and in tune. As to wondering about the quality of reeds don’t really see that claims of better reeds in the 32B were really valid — as you affirmed…[Read more]

  • Paul Durham posted a new activity comment 4 months, 4 weeks ago

    And as expected there are no marks. It is clearly a current model. But I am happy to have it.

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