Hohner Superforce 37

 
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Hohner is a musical instrument manufacturer with a reputation for innovative design and invention. The company was founded in Germany by Matthias Hohner in 1857, who began making harmonicas with his wife and one other employee. During the 1950s the Hohner company added a newly invented instrument they named ‘melodica’ to their catalogue. The melodica was a success, and was soon copied by several other companies around the world.

Make: Hohner
Model name: Superforce 37
Reed type: Multi reed plates
Dimensions: Unknown
Weight: Unknown
Keys: 37
Country of manufacture: Unknown
Player level: Intermediate
Features: None
Year of manufacture: 2013

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2 Reviews

  1. Melodica-Me

    I just got my Superforce today and I spent approx. 6 hours playing it, well until the neighbors started calling to complain. At first it looked like it would be a nice addition to the arsenal but turns out it will probably be doing a long term engagement on my wall. The sound was typical of a Hohner melodica, so no surprise expected. The response was weak, and the keys were clanky. I personally play with a lot of dynamic volume changes, the loud parts were ok but when I played softer the sound sometimes chokes on the lower notes. I stated in a earlier post that the one thing that really bugged me were the little feet on the back of the melodica so you can play it on a flat surface. I know that this very usefull for many, I don't play melodica like that so it is a personal thing. I found this melodica on line for $69.00 USD plus shipping so I was not expecting the wow factor just expecting something close to my Hohner Piano 36, I am sorry to say that it was not. Definately a beginners / intermediate melodica. Extra points for the cool looking all black body and keyboard. rnThanks rnMelodica-me

  2. Stefan Scherbik

    If you've played a Hohner Performer and a Hohner Student and noticed no difference in quality between them, you'll feel the same way about the Superforce. So basically, it and its cousins the Ocean and Fire are just palette-swaped Hohners. All that black, blue, and red is nice, but you're not getting much besides that for your money. Having said that, I do get a lot of compliments on those beautiful black keys.rnrnHaving opened up both a Hohner Student and my Superforce, it will be noticed that their innards are near-identical. It might have been a coincidence, but the only difference I noticed between them was that the Superforce had perhaps a bit more care put into the tuning and configuring of the reeds. When you get a Student/Performer fresh from the factory, the reeds will be honkingly out of tune and spaced from the reedplate in all kinds of wonky different ways, requiring different blowing strengths for each key. But the Superforce technicians seem to have put a bit more time into the reeds, and you won't have to do much tinkering to get your instrument in a good place.rnrnIf you need to look at the keys often while playing, they you may have trouble with the lack of visual contrast--the chiaroscuro of traditional keyboards makes it easy to know where your hand is going. With all-black keys, you'll need to develop more muscle memory. And oh yes, people will ask you if it's harder to play with only ebonies. Although I do delight in showing off its uniqueness when I happen across another melodica player.rnrnThe very best thing about the Superforce is the mouthpiece. It's absolutely the way melodica mouthpieces should be designed. The mouthpieces of cheap melodicas offer a great risk to one's teeth in their unwieldy bluntness--if you're not careful, you could end up missing a few ivories. But the thin-ended, curvaceous Superforce mouthpiece fits very nicely in the mouth, can be securely gripped, and can be played comfortably for hours. I'm giving it 5 stars because you can't ask for much more for the price.