Suzuki M-32C

 
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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: M-32C
Reed type: Multi reed plates, nickeled plate according to Suzuki India, or phosphor bronze according to Suzuki Japan
Dimensions: 42.5 x 10 x 5cm
Weight: 765g (case: 579g)
Keys: 32
Country of manufacture: China
Player level: Intermediate
Mouthpiece: 2 types (MP-121, MP-113)
Year of manufacture: Unknown

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2 Reviews

  1. Alan Brinton

    Okay, having posted reviews of Suzuki M-37C and Pro-37V2, here I go with the M-32C. It might be expected that the 32C would be a 32 key sibling of the M-37C, but these two instruments are very different, and the M-37C is much more like the Pro-37V2 in design and in sound.rnrnI am partial to 32 key melodicas, mainly because of their compactness, and the Yamaha P-32D is my standard. My recently acquired Suzuki M-32C threatens to displace it. Both are easy to play, nicely crafted, and fit easily in the hand. Both produce nice tones, but now, as I alternate between the two, there's a tiny bit more resistance in the Yamaha keys and and its tones are somewhat muted in comparison with the Suzuki. These are matters of personal preference, though the Yamaha does occasionally have some stickiness in its keys, especially when you first pick it up, and a note sometimes fails. The air flows more freely through the M-32C. There is ever so slight a delay in the very lowest keys of the Suzuki - advantage Yamaha, I guess. If I had to marry one of these melodicas, which one would it be? There is another one out there, though, the Suzuki A-34C, which looks very much like the M-32C but has a range of g-e3 as compared with the M32C range of f-c3.rnrnI have tried without success to find out where the M series Suzukis and the Pro-37V2 are made. I suspect that they are made in Japan. Lower end Suzukis are stamped "Made in China," while the Suzuki made Hammond 44, which shares some features with other higher end Suzukis, is identified as made in Japan. The Suzuki emblem on the case of the M-32C has "Japan" in small letters below the "M37C", not quite the same as "Made in Japan" I grant.rnrnIn conclusion, I strongly recommend the Suzuki M-32C. I ordered mine from Japan through Rakuten, and the price was about the same as for the M-37C. In my opinion, the 32C is superior to the 37C.

  2. Lowboy

    I play numerous brands and types of melodicas and have played the Suzuki M-32C melodion for about two months. I play in the blues, roots, and Americana genres.rnrnThe Suzuki M-32C is fast becoming my favorite instrument for its tone. When I play other instruments and then pickup the M-32C, it often sounds more like a harmonica (harp) than the other instruments. A harp sound is what I am going for (versus an accordion-type sound). Of course, I also like the melodica tone for what it is (neither harp nor accordion).rnrnDesign: The functional design of the M-32C melodion is super in my opinion. It has a long, firm key throw and an easy-to-use water valve. It does not take much air to get a big sound. It is made with a fair amount of precision and feels like a professional instrument. The stock mouthpiece leaves a bit to be desired, but it is quite playable. At least the mouthpiece mounting hole angles the mouthpiece up so you can view the keyboard while playing.rnrnAesthetics: I find the appearance of the M-32C to be a tiny bit frumpy. My personal and subjective opinion is that the appearance of the M-32C is not quite as sharp and sleek as the monotone Yamahas, and not quite as cool as the vintage black Hohners. But it is a very minor point in the big picture.rnrnI have been playing the Suzuki a lot, and playing it with gusto, and it has remained in tune. Chords and intervals sound particularly nice on it. It has a very slightly subdued, tighter sound compared to my Yamahas and some of my Hohners, and I like that for playing it acoustically without effects.rnrnThe sound holes on the back appear to be there for ventilation or tonal tuning. Most of the sound emanates through the keyboard as it does in many of these instruments (pianicas, melodicas, etc.). Hence, there is no opportunity to get a muted tone by holding the back of the melodica against your chest.rnrnI like this melodion a lot, and I think more Suzukis are in my future. I rate it 4.5 stars. If you only want one instrument or can only have one instrument, this would be a good choice in my mind. rnrnLowboy