Ofir

  • By the way, all the pictures that I post are high resolution and stored on my website, so you can right click any of these and choose “view image” to see it in full size.

  • Hi Daren,
    My strategy of choosing the type of wood was: “Yay, it fits!” 😉

    I’ll try to play the scientific guy here (yap, I’m doing many things) –

    First, it changes the way the instrument projects its sound.
    Instead of mostly sounding through a single hole (at the open keypad) which tries to force a plastic box to vibrate (not the best medium…[Read more]

  • Hi Alan,
    (1) The piece of wood is held between two screw holes with low amount of pressure (shown clearly in the first picture). I don’t really know if it actually touches the internal body, but shaking the instrument won’t make a noise so I guess that it does. It sits directly near the opening of the key pads, where most of the sound is projected…[Read more]

  • After some time playing with the piece of wood inside, here are my impressions:

    1. The instrument is noticeably louder, in a good way.
    2. From the player’s position the sound is rounder and deeper. This is a subtle change, although it clearly sounds.
    3. The instrument vibrates more with the sound, which is has a good psychological effect on me as…[Read more]

  • This test contains the same leak played over the low and high registers, recorded from different angles.

    Each leak was recorded using the original instrument, and then the same with added wood into it. (I obviously did it in a different order, but I organized it like that so it can be compared better).

    Everything was normalized so sound levels…[Read more]

  • As time goes by, and as I tried some other considerably good melodicas, I enjoy my Yamaha more and more.
    One thing which differentiate the best known instruments from the rest its wood construction.
    That called for a test: how better can the Yamaha be if it will reflect its sound into wood?

    After disassembling the instrument and playing while…[Read more]

  • As time goes by, and as I tried some other considerably good melodicas, I enjoy my Yamaha more and more.
    One thing which differentiate the best known instruments from the rest its wood construction.
    That called for a test: how better can the Yamaha be if it will reflect its sound into wood?

    After disassembling the instrument and playing while it…[Read more]

  • I’ll add mine:
    Yamaha P37D: 51cm x 18.5cm x 6cm

  • Ofir replied to the topic Expressiveness in the forum Melodica technique 3 years ago

    In my own humble experience, “Expressiveness” is the quality of being able to bring music to life.
    That said, I believe that expressiveness must unite the capabilities of the player, and the features of the instrument.
    Therefore, I believe that a list such of Quetscher’s is a good way of quantifying the features of the instruments, as these are…[Read more]

  • Ofir replied to the topic My new Pro36 in the forum Vintage Melodicas 3 years ago

    And.. let the fun begin!

  • Ofir replied to the topic My new Pro36 in the forum Vintage Melodicas 3 years ago

    Repeat after me:
    “I’m not a collector; I’m not a collector; I’m not a collector”.

  • Ofir replied to the topic My new Pro36 in the forum Vintage Melodicas 3 years ago

    Thank you Melodica-Me, I’ll give it a try.

  • Ofir replied to the topic My new Pro36 in the forum Vintage Melodicas 3 years ago

    Rephrasing:
    I suspect the key pads and not the glue between the reed plates, as a missing glue with perfect key pads should not leak air when no keys are pressed (air cannot escape).

  • Ofir replied to the topic My new Pro36 in the forum Vintage Melodicas 3 years ago

    Thank you, Melodica-Me!
    I removed the old gasket and put a new window gasket. The leakage was reduced, but it’s still leaking.
    I suspect the key pads and not the glue between the reed plates, as a missing glue with perfect key pads should not leak (air cannot escape).
    Do you have an idea of how to effectively check for a key pad leak?

  • Ofir added a review for Pianica P-37D 3 years ago

    This is a great, portable, responsive, good sounding, tightly engineered and built instrument (Daren said it all before). The fact that it’s available at nearly 100$ a piece is also a great bonus. I am also not a big fan of the missing moisture release hole, but I found a good solution for that. Leaving the screws of the high-notes-side plastic…[Read more]

  • Ofir replied to the topic My new Pro36 in the forum Vintage Melodicas 3 years ago

    Thank you all!
    Daren, I send an email to Martin, and I hope that he can assist.

    Alan, I guess that phosphor bronze is the material used for modern high-end reeds (i.e. my Yamaha).
    Considering the silver color (not golden) of the original pro36 reeds, these are probably not made of phosphor bronze. Therefore, I wonder if it will produce the same…[Read more]

  • Ofir replied to the topic My new Pro36 in the forum Vintage Melodicas 3 years ago

    Do you know which material is used for the Pro 36 reeds? Must I say that the rest of the reeds look fantastic for a 53 yo instrument.
    It does seem like a very quick repair, having the right reed. In my case, the housing of this reed was also replaced, which may make it more difficult to restore, if finding the right reed.

  • Ofir replied to the topic My new Pro36 in the forum Vintage Melodicas 3 years ago

    As for the white powder, it seems to be on the leather (dated) gasket only. It may be salt(?) caused by a salty air, which may also explain the extremely fast rust.
    I’ll follow your suggestion and remove it for sealing.
    Do you know if accordion repairmen are aware of the need to operate at a humid reed?
    (it’s a bad question because your repairman…[Read more]

  • Ofir replied to the topic My new Pro36 in the forum Vintage Melodicas 3 years ago

    Thank you for these pictures! I may try to avoid removing the brown (dated) gasket, and see if it works with it.
    I was also thinking of putting it on the metal cover, so we agree on the tactics.

    As for the rusty reed, do you know of a good place where I can purchase a (good sounding, size matching, non corrosive) replacement? I’m sure that I can…[Read more]

  • Ofir replied to the topic My new Pro36 in the forum Vintage Melodicas 3 years ago

    Adam, when I wrote about the reed being rusty when installed, I simply thought that you didn’t see the finalized work. I would never suspect that you knew the condition of this reed and didn’t tell. Also, the amount and depth of rust really seems like the result many years. It really looks like the added material was put on the rust, it is THAT…[Read more]

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