David Elizabeth

  • Hohner Piano 26 (newer build, made in Germany) new arrival in local pawn shop. Price is $40 for now.
    It is missing the mouthpiece and does not include the case or literature.
    Every key works and looks to be in over-all pretty good condition.
    It is the same as the one in this image:
    Hohner Piano 26   Made in Germany
    If anyone’s interested, I will buy it for you and ship it to…[Read more]

  • Hohner Piano 26 (newer build, made in Germany) new arrival in local pawn shop. Price is $40 for now.
    It is missing the mouthpiece and does not include the case or literature.
    Every key works and looks to be in over-all pretty good condition.
    It is the same as the one in this image:
    Hohner Piano 26   Made in Germany
    If anyone’s interested, I will buy it for you and ship it to you…[Read more]

  • David Elizabeth posted an update 1 year ago

    Hey everyone, I just Youtubed “The Countess Cathleen” from Riverdance because I adore it, it’s drippingly gorgeous. I was pleased to see that a cover by The Evergreen Band playing in Israel at an Irish festival features a melodica standing in for a soprano sax. I thought it was pretty great. The melodica starts around 40 seconds in but I don’t…[Read more]

  • Interesting regarding the appearance of the metals, I was wondering about that. By the way, I’m changing mouthpieces because I have such better airflow now. The broken B has turned out to be a blessing in disguise. It led to improvements I would not have otherwise made, and it has led me here to be among fellow melodiphiles. What a week a…[Read more]

  • Okay, my Clavietta repair is complete, but it was a bumpy road with a surprise discovery at the end. Bear with me here if you are interested and/or have a leaky instrument. MelodicaMe and Alan both sent reeds to me in hopes that one could be used to replace the broken one, awesome on their part by the way. It was the first time I’ve been i…[Read more]

  • David Elizabeth posted an update 1 year ago

    A moment to thank Alan Brinton and MelodicaMe for being extremely generous in time and resources. I NEVER even hoped that I would be able to find the right reed, and here I found TWO potential replacements. That’s freakin a-ma-zing. My local accordion store cut me a hunk of accordion wax for a dollar. I will attempt the repair when all the…[Read more]

  • Good luck Alan, we look forward to hearing how it goes!

  • David Elizabeth posted an update 1 year ago

    @emcgee Your description and others have made me optimistic that I will be able to perform the transplant myself and not have to mail it, drive it, or pay someone to do it. I repair and service stringed instruments and until recently would never THINK of taking one of my accordions or melodicas apart. (When I was a boy I took an old typewriter…[Read more]

  • David Elizabeth posted an update 1 year ago

    @hornfanatic Paul wrote “That’s very interesting that Italian manufacturers may have had a common source for reeds”. I don’t know if this is true exactly, it’s just intriguing that some of the Italian models of the same era have potentially interchangeable reeds. The voice of the Clavietta is said to be most similar to that of a Harmonica, so a…[Read more]

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  • I too am intrigued by the interchangeability of the Italian instruments’ reeds. I would love to try the middle B and compare it to an actual clavietta reed. Thanks to melodica-me and your kindness I might just get the chance to compare them myself. One imagines that the reeds might have come from a common manufacturer and possibly been used by…[Read more]

  • Hi Daren and Alan, thanks getting involved and offering your expertise. Melodica-Me is also trying to find the appropriate B(4) reed, you guys are my heroes. Seriously, what a great forum. Alan, if you can find anything that you think may work please do contact me. The more potential replacement parts I have, the better the chance for success. I…[Read more]

  • Thank-you also Daren and Alan, I will keep my eye out for a donor instrument. Alan, I think you are on to something with the other Italian melodicas, the reeds look eye-poppingly similar. I’m on it, thanks for the leads.

  • @melodica-me Thank-you SO much, it’s nice to be amongst melodica friends after a rough day of accordion repair shops telling me that they cannot help. I wonder if a harmonica or harmonium reed could be a good substitute? Since it has a voice most similar to a harmonica this might make sense, but the size/shape might be all wrong. Anyway, thanks…[Read more]

  • @melodica-me I’d value your input, I see that you have dealt with Claviettas extensively in the past. Where to turn in search of a replacement reed? Might you have parts from an earlier project?

  • Today the Middle B note of my beautiful Clavietta stopped working. I opened it up and a tiny metal reed fell out and sure enough you can track it back to the missing note. To compound matters, when I put it back together the remaining notes are almost unplayable because the air is just, I assume, passing through the gap like an open window.…[Read more]

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