Monalia

  • Monalia posted a new activity comment 3 weeks, 3 days ago

    Looking for info on gapping the reeds (so I understand what it is) but can’t find anything on this site using the search word gap.
    Can you suggest a link?

    • Monalia,

      Search on “gapping.” You should get many many posts on the subject.

      Lowboy

    • Hi Monalia,

      Search on “gapping.” You should find many many posts on the subject.

      Regards,

      Lowboy

  • Monalia posted a new activity comment 1 month ago

    Thank you for your thoughtful reply. I have never heard of gappping the reeds – will write to Bill Bucco, though I actually live in Barcelona. He might know what steps to take, maybe who I should to write to in EU (which is where I’ve bought all 3 melodicas)

  • Monalia posted a new activity comment 1 month ago

    THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE TIME to address my problem. I realize now I was not very succinct when describing my problem; its not the physical notes that stick (which is why everyone keeps telling me to wash my 2 new melodicas I realize in hindsight,,,) what actually happens is the physical keys actually do not stick, the physical melodica action is…[Read more]

    • Hi Monalia,

      Yes, the problem you are describing now is completely different than what we thought. It has nothing to do with the characteristics of you saliva, though it could be influenced by the normal water buildup on the reeds that occurs during playing.

      First, blowing hard can choke a reed and prevent it from sounding. It happens all the…[Read more]

      • Thank you for your thoughtful reply. I have never heard of gappping the reeds – will write to Bill Bucco, though I actually live in Barcelona. He might know what steps to take, maybe who I should to write to in EU (which is where I’ve bought all 3 melodicas)

      • Looking for info on gapping the reeds (so I understand what it is) but can’t find anything on this site using the search word gap.
        Can you suggest a link?

        • Monalia,

          Search on “gapping.” You should get many many posts on the subject.

          Lowboy

        • Hi Monalia,

          Search on “gapping.” You should find many many posts on the subject.

          Regards,

          Lowboy

  • Monalia posted a new activity comment 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    It’s a weird thing. I play upright and into a mike set up next to my keyboard stand. (I have another vocal mike set up directly in front of me. I play standing up and mostly dancing. I play the melidica upright into its own mike. What’s weird is that in both new melodicas it’s the same 4 notes that are prone to sticking; middle C and the chrom…[Read more]

    • This is puzzling. I wonder if you’d be having this problem with a Yamaha P37D Pianica or a Suzuki M37C Melodion. I have not played a Superforce 37, only a Hohner Performer 37. But generally speaking, among current melodicas the Suzuki metal tray and Yamaha melodicas are of better quality construction than Hohners. I’ve worked on a lot of these ins…[Read more]

  • Monalia posted a new activity comment 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    But I’m telling you, all my new melodicas stick, the last 2 being literally fresh out of the box. I do drool a lot which is a problem when I sing too. I’m convinced it’s my drool that causing this, but have no idea how to prevent it.

    It somehow doesn’t make sense to wash a melodica that I only only bought last month.

    • Okay, Monalia. I suggest that you play your melodicas at an upward angle. You can do this either by directly angling the melodica up or by using a tube, maybe a shortened tube. But maybe someone else has another suggestion. I doubt that there’s any chemical solution.

      • It’s a weird thing. I play upright and into a mike set up next to my keyboard stand. (I have another vocal mike set up directly in front of me. I play standing up and mostly dancing. I play the melidica upright into its own mike. What’s weird is that in both new melodicas it’s the same 4 notes that are prone to sticking; middle C and the chrom…[Read more]

        • This is puzzling. I wonder if you’d be having this problem with a Yamaha P37D Pianica or a Suzuki M37C Melodion. I have not played a Superforce 37, only a Hohner Performer 37. But generally speaking, among current melodicas the Suzuki metal tray and Yamaha melodicas are of better quality construction than Hohners. I’ve worked on a lot of these ins…[Read more]

  • Monalia posted an update 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    I love my Hohner Superforce Melódica, 37 so much that I bought 3 because I rely on them for gigs, but I have a real problem with their unreliability. Even though I blow air while pressing the button on the bottom as instructed after each use, I have a problem with sticky notes, usually the notes I use the most. Perhaps it’s my unique saliva th…[Read more]

    • Hi, Monalia.

      The stickiness probably is not due to your unique saliva, since the moisture that collects inside the melodica is from condensation (unless you are noticeably drooling down into it while playing). I suggest rinsing the melodica out occasionally, for example a few days before a gig so it has time to fully dry out. Search “melodica b…[Read more]

    • But I’m telling you, all my new melodicas stick, the last 2 being literally fresh out of the box. I do drool a lot which is a problem when I sing too. I’m convinced it’s my drool that causing this, but have no idea how to prevent it.

      It somehow doesn’t make sense to wash a melodica that I only only bought last month.

      • Okay, Monalia. I suggest that you play your melodicas at an upward angle. You can do this either by directly angling the melodica up or by using a tube, maybe a shortened tube. But maybe someone else has another suggestion. I doubt that there’s any chemical solution.

        • It’s a weird thing. I play upright and into a mike set up next to my keyboard stand. (I have another vocal mike set up directly in front of me. I play standing up and mostly dancing. I play the melidica upright into its own mike. What’s weird is that in both new melodicas it’s the same 4 notes that are prone to sticking; middle C and the chrom…[Read more]

          • This is puzzling. I wonder if you’d be having this problem with a Yamaha P37D Pianica or a Suzuki M37C Melodion. I have not played a Superforce 37, only a Hohner Performer 37. But generally speaking, among current melodicas the Suzuki metal tray and Yamaha melodicas are of better quality construction than Hohners. I’ve worked on a lot of these ins…[Read more]

    • Monalia,

      Could you describe the problem in more detail? Are the notes sticking open when you release them? Are they sticking when you are pushing down on the keys to sound a note? Is the whole keystroke sticky and rough? Or just the initial press?

      If you press all the keys (do a glissando) before playing as Alan suggested, do the keys work okay…[Read more]

      • THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE TIME to address my problem. I realize now I was not very succinct when describing my problem; its not the physical notes that stick (which is why everyone keeps telling me to wash my 2 new melodicas I realize in hindsight,,,) what actually happens is the physical keys actually do not stick, the physical melodica action is…[Read more]

        • Hi Monalia,

          Yes, the problem you are describing now is completely different than what we thought. It has nothing to do with the characteristics of you saliva, though it could be influenced by the normal water buildup on the reeds that occurs during playing.

          First, blowing hard can choke a reed and prevent it from sounding. It happens all the…[Read more]

          • Thank you for your thoughtful reply. I have never heard of gappping the reeds – will write to Bill Bucco, though I actually live in Barcelona. He might know what steps to take, maybe who I should to write to in EU (which is where I’ve bought all 3 melodicas)

          • Looking for info on gapping the reeds (so I understand what it is) but can’t find anything on this site using the search word gap.
            Can you suggest a link?

            • Monalia,

              Search on “gapping.” You should get many many posts on the subject.

              Lowboy

            • Hi Monalia,

              Search on “gapping.” You should find many many posts on the subject.

              Regards,

              Lowboy