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  • Paul Durham posted an update 1 week, 5 days ago

    Correction … It is MX32C .

  • Paul Durham posted an update 1 week, 6 days ago

    Hi, Alan. It iws good to have you back. I meant to quit buying melodicas but gave away my silvertone to a maintence man at our facility. I realized he was alot more able to repair it. And today I got a great deal on a suzuki M X37C that was under $20. Has great tone! Stay well!

  • Hi, Antonio. It sounds to me like you may have closed the gaps too much. I’d try opening them up on particular keys and retesting. Or closing the gaps if that doesn’t work. It seems unlikely that tuning changes are the problem. I understand that you don’t think you re-gapped the keys with which you’re having the problem, but it seems likely that…[Read more]

  • Does anyone have anything new to report on the Tokai Gakki PC-1? I was never able to get my PC-1 back together and in playable condition. Its design was innovative and ingenious, and it’s a beautiful instrument. But I think it was too fragile and unstable and by design and not suited to automated mass production. The PC-1 has more of the character…[Read more]

  • I hope I’m using the right term. I say “blocking” to mean when one blows into the melodica, presses a key and nothing happens.

    I’m assuming the reed is jammed or stuck in some way. I don’t think it’s a moisture problem. I took the case apart and let the reeds dry for a few hours. I had the problem again after a little bit of playing.

    I recently…[Read more]

  • Hi, Henry,

    I don’t know if you had a chance to read my article, but let me say that just getting a breath controller is easy–creating a useful MIDI melodica from it is trickier.

    The Arduino hackable has a design problem: no exhaust port. Without one, you won’t be able to do vibrato. However, that’s an easy fix.

    I have a lot of the Audio…[Read more]

  • Janko Melodica Short Video Clip.

    I have a link to a short clip made by the great Adlai Waksman last September at the North East Squeeze-In, which is a wonderful weekend of free-reed heaven. Anyway, he has generously given me permission to share. Here’s a look:
    This is the crude prototype, but after literally 30 s…[Read more]

    • Very well done! I see what you mean about the complexity of the keyboard not being that much greater than the standard one.

      I’m really happy you took this project on and am interested in how it develops.

      • Thank you for the feedback. I am holed up from COVID, and am playing, rather than making, but am quite excited by the concept. The Yamaha 32 is here, and waiting for me. I’ll post any progress.



  • The world is kind of on pause right now, but there’s a kickstarter that succeeded is for the re.corder, a recorder that is also a MIDI Controller Over Bluetooth LE, and I suspect it can pick up breath control. That’s the main thing for simulated melodicas, you’ll want a speedy breath control to merge with whatever note events you can put out on…[Read more]

  • Melodica-Me posted an update 3 weeks, 5 days ago

    This past Thursday April 30th was International Jazz Day. This year the celebration was held via a virtual concert and submissions from Jazz performers from around the globe. Our Monsters of Melodica World Session IV “Watermelon Man” is featured with a special introduction. in the beginning. Also another Melodica World member Misha Grossu with a c…[Read more]

  • Thanks Frances. Hopefully some more will be coming soon.



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