Suzuki A-34C

 
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The Suzuki corporation was established in 1953 in Hamamatsu, Japan. It has since grown into one of the world’s leading manufacturers of musical instruments for education.

Make: Suzuki
Model name: A-34C
Reed type: Multi reed plates, nickeled plate (according to Suzuki India) or phosphor bronze (according to Suzuki Japan)
Dimensions: 44 x 10 x 4.5cm
Weight: 709g (case: 603g)
Keys: 34
Country of manufacture: Unknown
Player level: Intermediate
Mouthpiece: 2 types (MP-121MP-113)
Year of manufacture: Unknown

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3 Reviews

  1. Alan Brinton

    The A-34C is almost identical to the Suzuki M-32C, except for the number and range of keys. It's a bit thicker, however, but also a bit lighter. They currently cost about the same. It is very well constructed, sounds almost the same as the M-32C and quite a bit like the M-37C. If you are considering one of these three instruments, you should also look at the other two. They are excellent melodicas, all better (in my opinion) than the Suzuki Pro-37v2 and much cheaper. See my reviews of the M-32C for more specifics. The A-34C, M-32C, and M-37C look and feel much more like real musical instruments than do most other melodicas. Like almost all other melodicas, their tuning out of the box leaves something to be desired. So if you are fussy, consult the excellent Melodica World tutorial on tuning. I would identify all of these as professional rather than intermediate level melodicas. They all currently ship from Japan and take about 1-2 weeks to arrive in the U.S. Shop for prices, since they vary among different vendors (especially if you are shopping on eBay -- I buy through Rakuten or Amazon).

  2. beezer

    My Suzuki AC34, while not perfect, is the most in tune instrument out of the box that I've owned (I don't have a hammond). It is easier to play softer than others, but still has a good dynamic range. The tone is not as interesting as other melodicas I own, kind of on the sweet side.

  3. Lowboy

    Here is my review of the Suzuki A-34C melodion after playing it for about two months. I play numerous brands and types of melodicas in the blues, roots, and Americana genres.rnrnI previously reviewed the Suzuki M-32C, and so will try to draw comparisons to that melodion, which is pretty similar to the A-34C.rnrnI am sitting here with the Suzuki A-34C, M-32C, and a Yamaha P-32D pianica, playing them in turn to figure out my impressions.rnrnWell, I have stated all kinds of opinions about sound differences between these and other melodicas, but now, sitting in my small, angular office, and with the window open, and holding these keyboard harmonicas straight out, the difference in sound among the three is so subtle, it is hard to put the differences into words.rnrnSo understanding that I am generalizing, I would say they all sound pretty much the same for practical purposes in an acoustic setting. When amplified, microphone choice, signal processing, EQ, and speaker combinations will have a much more dramatic influence on the tonality than the sound differences you can hear among these instruments when played acoustically.rnrnToday, the similarity in sound among these keyboard harmonicas is somewhat surprising to me, because in other settings, the differences in timbre seemed much more distinct. I have to believe that the acoustic setting has an influence, and maybe the amplification and signal processing I often apply bring out the differences more. rnrnAs other Suzuki melodion aficionados—including me—have pointed out, the A-34C is a very good quality instrument and useable in a professional setting. The build quality is good, tuning from the factory was good, and the reeds seem to be pretty rugged and stable—though I was able to blow out a reed on my M-32C after much use and abuse.rnrnThe A-34C has a well designed water valve that is easy to use. It can also be easily “played” to get some tremolo effects and modulate volume if you are so inclined. While holding the instrument against your chest does not really change the tonality while playing, you can bounce it off your chest and diaphragm in rapid succession to vary the air pressure and flow from your lungs, producing a vibrato/tremolo effect. You can do that with most any keyboard harmonica of course.rnrnI like this instrument. I think the key action is fine and the responsiveness to breath control is very good. The strap and the stock mouthpiece are the only things that do not stand out as total goodness. But they work. I like the o-ring on the mouthpiece that seals the mouthpiece in the opening of the endcap.rnrnWhen I purchased my A-34C from a company in Japan, I also ordered two Suzuki mouthpieces that are similar to the contoured and curved ones found on the Yamaha P-32D. All is well.rnrnI wish this melodion was manufactured in a color other than blue, though the ivory endcaps are growing on me.rnrnI think the great majority of players from beginners to professionals will feel satisfied owning and playing this melodion. I give it four stars. rnrnLowboyrn