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Hohner 32B Piano-Style Melodica Black
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- Range of over two and one half full octaves for soprano or alto.
- 32 keys starting with "F" below middle "C"
- Ideal for beginners as well as professionals
- Deluxe carrying case, mouthpiece and instructions included.
- Black body with black and white keys
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|Item Dimensions||7.5 x 20 x 3 in||3 x 21 x 7 in||7.17 x 20.32 x 2.36 in||4 x 10 x 4 in|
The melodica is a fascinating wind instrument, easy to learn and powerfully expressive. Played like a piano. It is so compact that you can take it with you anywhere. Producing single notes or chords, the melodica is both a solo and orchestral instrument, blending beautifully with other instruments. Whatever the music you like-from classical to rock- the melodica will add its own personality, a unique and captivating sound.
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UPDATE 11/23/13: I have upgraded my rating from three to four stars after more work with the Hohner 32B, especially in the light of its current ridiculously low price of $24.99. It's a very easy melodica to play. I also checked its tuning. Almost all melodicas are tuned a bit sharp, to the standard of A-443 (the middle A on the keyboard at 443 Hz.). The Hohner's tuning is closer to A-440, which is the "true north" of tuning. I'm not saying that's good or that it's bad. It's a matter of personal preference if it matters to you at all. For most of us, what counts is whether our melodica is in tune with itself. Like almost every melodica, the 32B doesn't come from the factory very well tuned, and the tuning will vary from one 32B to another. Consequently, reviewer complaints about the tuning of the melodica they bought do not mean much. You might even feel that tuning imperfection adds to the charm of this kind of instrument. The solution if you want better tuning is to learn how to tune your melodica, for which you can find good instructions at melodicas.com and even better instructions at melodicaworld.com. Harmonica enthusiasts tell us that if you're serious about the harmonica you need to get comfortable taking it apart, doing maintenance, and tuning. I think the same goes for the melodica. But you can derive a lot of pleasure from the melodica without getting so serious and without being unduly fastidious about its tuning.
Only 4 stars because another octave would have been nice. Otherwise performs well.
The positive: for all the cheapness of the plastic and the questionable origin, the sound and ease of use is well worth the price. I'm not a melodica connoisseur, but I've played piano my whole life, and the instrument felt natural and fun to play. The sound is as good as it is unique. I haven't had any noticeable issues with the tuning or timbre. Sure, I'd have liked it to be cheaper, and there are cheaper ones out there. But, I have certainly gotten $50 of good music out of it so far.
Too bad about the gross look about it out of the box. It cleaned up well, at least.
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