Not what you want to hear but just jump in and try it.
The Yamaha is pretty robust so it can take a lot of tuning.
One thing I do is use fine sandpaper or even an emery board instead of a metal file.
They are much more gentle.
The other suggestion is buy the cheapest melodica you can find and practice on it till you feel confident.
Welcome to the forum Martin.
What a great informative first post.
I’m a Augustus Pablo fan from way back.
As you wrote because of the many overlapping collections I wasn’t aware of his stylistic periods but I could sure tell there were some tracks I liked the sound of a lot better than others.
Thanks to you I now know why and what to look for.…[Read more]
Kevin replied to the topic Vintage Hohner Soprano Melodica 26— where to buy reeds? in the forum Melodica construction, repair and maintenance 3 months, 1 week ago
I think Alan is right. I can see in the photo the non-working reed is much higher than any of the other reeds. You can tell by the way the cast shadow is longer and fuller. Too much of a gap and it lets air pass through the hole.
Another thing to check is if there is anything in the melodica that’s blocking the air-flow. It’s a fairly…[Read more]
I feel like it there is almost a friction between the keys when I play …. the keyboard is relatively noisy. As you know, the feel, the touch on the keyboard is quite important for the development of the musical game and I am disappointed.
Hi Frederic, I have the same experience. If you play the Suzuki for a bit the Yamaha keyboard(P37D) feels t…[Read more]
I don’t have a B24 (refuse to pay that much for an instrument of less than 2 octaves).
I did look at my M37C and it also has the bladder.
Looking at the inside of the reed cover the bladder only covers a small straight drilled hole (about the size of the screw holes.)
I covered this hole with a piece of duct tape and reassembled.
It seems to play…[Read more]
“interestingly, nearly always described as either a harmonica, accordion or concertina in any sleeve notes, so as not to put TV editors off using it!”
I think this deserves some further discussion Daren. I was thinking of starting a thread along those lines but I think it fits into this exciting and interesting discussion we are having…[Read more]
“I’m not keen on having a superstar who is not much of a musician and just jumps around the stage waving a melodica, though that will get lots of people to go out and buy one.”
To be sure Alan I wasn’t thinking of the likes of Mick Jagger or Bono carrying one on stage.
I mean superstar as in Jazz (or at least instrumental) player who becomes i…[Read more]
“…compare what you get with what you were getting five years ago. It used to be almost all musical junk by rank amateurs.”
Ha,ha,ha Alan. My video was posted five years ago! ;p
I didn’t mean to diminish the contributions and accomplishments of our fellow forum members in any way.
Yes, I think we are adding to the changing perception of our…[Read more]
have any of you that are regular tube players had trouble with mold bacteria collecting inside the tubes?
I’ve never had a problem with Yamaha or Suzuki and even my old Hohner that I’ve had for 25 or 30 years seems fine after years in the closet.
The replacement tubes I have found online seemed to develop little gray deposits in the folds within a…[Read more]
“But the bass melodicas require the bladder.”
Can you elaborate on this Alan?
Have we discussed this in the past?
If So I’ve totally forgotten.
There’s a bladder on my M-37C and for the life of me I can see no use for it.”
I’ve thought of tearing it off and replacing with a duct taped sheet of plastic Because I find the M-37C difficult to sound…[Read more]
I’m going to take Gianluca’s suggestion of starting a new thread from the Melodica Men thread and run with it:
In your opinion, what should we do and/or what things are still missing to improve the perception of the melodica as a “regular” instrument?
As I’ve written before I think it’s going to take a real break-out melodica star.
Any of the “ce…[Read more]
“But back to Gianluca’s original point, “Shall we talk about how heavily edited and overdubbed their videos are, while pretending to be playing live?” I have noticed this, and it is an issue – should you be deceiving your audience? In the classical world (where these two guys actually come from), it might be less acceptable to do this.”
Just so w…[Read more]
Very interesting Alan! We can always count on you to be thorough.
Of course I have a couple of questions:
With the key pad strip: are the large holes over the large reeds and the tiny holes over the small reeds?
Having played the Suzuki soprano a lot and working on reed organs. I know it takes more air-pressure to play the high end reeds.
That’s pretty interesting Lowboy.
I would have liked to hear what Worrell could have done with the instrument.
I wonder if there are any known recordings or video of him actually playing?
I’m thinking that may just be a bit of a prop for the photo?
I’d like to believe our humble forum here has contributed to both the big melodica companies re-thinking their market and coming out with new “adult”,”professional” models.
I don’t know that their melodica departments monitor our site but it seems it would be in their best interests to pay attention to what we are writing?
Certainly the black hose gives it a more professional appearance!
The white hoses look a bit odd at best and like a piece of respiratory medical equipment at worst.
Is this going to replace the venerable P-37D?
Are they going to be available in the U.S.?
I was watching a video from the recent NAMM show at the Hammond organ booth. I could frustratingly view some melodicas on the far side of the booth. One had a reverse color keyboard. It sparked my interest to dig a little deeper.
Apparently Suzuki is offering a wooden M-37 as a custom…[Read more]
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