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  • Ok I hear the “wall of bass melodicas” acting like a tenor-range trombone section pretty clearly this time around. First time through I mostly was listening to basslines and lead lines and didn’t hear bass melodicas. Soprano is nice, would like to hear more of it in future.

  • Sorry I’ve been slow to check out these melodica links suggested by Melodica-Me and Paul. Really enjoyed “Snow Samba”. Like Paul the soprano melodica work in Snow Samba really caught my ear (haven’t heard much soprano melodica playing to this point). However I had trouble picking out the bass melodica passages from other midrange melodicas in…[Read more]

  • Wow, really gives a different complexion to Rhapsody in Blue! Yes, bass melodica really sounds good there. Of course in a set piece like this the performer can choreograph the breathing ahead of time and anticipate delays to notes sounding to synchronize with other performers. I wonder how a bass melodica performer would hold up in a more…[Read more]

  • For those who have experience with playing/listening to bass melodica I would like to hear your thoughts on whether a skilled bass melodica player could credibly hold down the upright bass part in a small jazz or bluegrass group setting (duo/trio/quartet/quintet). I am considering purchasing a bass melodica but am unsure if it will be up to this…[Read more]

  • mudbone posted an update 6 months ago

    @hornfanatic Thanks for the reply about the Woodnote, Paul. A few more questions for you, if you don’t mind. Did the Woodnote come more-or-less in tune? Any problems with keys not sounding? I also have the Suzuki M32C, can you tell me how the key size on the Woodnote compares to it? Finally, would you say the Woodnote sounds more or less…[Read more]

  • Is it possible to play decent jazz walking basslines or bluegrass/dixieland half-time (oom-pah) basslines on bass melodica? Any opinions as to whether a bass melodica player could substitute for a bass player or tuba player at an acceptable level (enough to hold the tune together, not necessarily solo)? I’ve heard that bass melodicas require…[Read more]

  • mudbone posted an update 6 months ago

    @hornfanatic Hi Paul, I’m intrigued by the “clarinety” tone you report for the Woodnote and might be interested in getting one if it is solidly constructed. Are you familiar with the Yamaha P37D or Suzuki M37C and able to compare the Woodnote to those models? How would you rate the key action and ease/uniformity of getting a sound out of the…[Read more]

  • Thanks for your reply, Alan. I played for a few hours yesterday and the issue with the note not sounding seemed to become less frequent with use (i.e. it more reliably sounded as I played it), however it is still not totally resolved. In your experience does this issue ever play itself out without needing to open the melodica and manipulate the…[Read more]

  • Hi All,

    I am new to melodica and haven’t played any kind of wind instrument since grade school though I have played piano fairly regularly since then. I just started playing a new Suzuki M-32C (which unfortunately has a key that is sounding intermittently– see my post about this on the Construction/Repair/Maintenance forum). The Suzuki comes…[Read more]

  • Hi All,

    I am new to melodica and haven’t played any kind of wind instrument since grade school though I have played piano fairly regularly since then. I just started playing a new Suzuki M-32C (which unfortunately has a key that is sounding intermittently– see my post about this on the Construction/Repair/Maintenance forum). The Suzuki comes…[Read more]

  • Hi All,

    I’m new to melodicas (and wind instruments in general– I come from piano/keys background) and just received a new Suzuki M-32C today. Unfortunately one of its keys (A2– A in the middle octave) is sounding intermittently. The key goes up and down just fine but sometimes the note doesn’t sound when the key is depressed although the air…[Read more]

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