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Buying a melodica in 2022

So many melodicas, so little time!

How do you go about buying a melodica? And which is the best melodica for you? There’s three things you need to consider – how many notes you need, the type of sound you like, and how it looks!

Here’s the lowdown on the 8 highest rated melodicas on this site. These are all quality instruments, suitable for playing in a band, or for recording. If you’re looking for the very cheapest melodica to see if the instrument’s for you, try a Schoenhut melodica.

Let’s begin with the smallest melodicas, perfect for that trip away, and progress to the largest sizes.


1) Yamaha P25F

Yamaha P25F

The smallest pro level melodica has a dinky 2 octave keyboard. This is as cute as pro level melodicas get. It’s perfect for taking on a trip, and fits nicely into the hand. This little brother of the Yamaha range shares all the positive characteristics of its elder siblings. It’s well made and has a warm, lively tone. If only all tunes fitted into 2 octaves…

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2) Yamaha P32D

Yamaha P32D

This is the next step up in the world of Yamaha ‘Pianicas’. Yes, they call all their melodicas Pianicas. It’s a legal thing, as only Hohner are really allowed to call a melodica a Hohner melodica. The P32DF provides a few more notes, bringing the keyboard up to 2 and ½ octaves. Some players find that that’s enough for their needs, and see the P32D as the perfect balance between size and range.

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3) Suzuki M32C

Suzuki M32C

Suzuki also make good quality melodicas, or ‘melodions’ as they call them. And their 32 key model is no exception. It has a warm tone, some say leaning towards the sound of a harmonica. This is another very popular instrument amongst players of the smaller melodica. An advantage over it’s Yamaha counterpart is the condensation-release valve, which is built onto the end of the instrument.

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4) Suzuki M37C

Suzuki M37C

This is Suzuki’s full size melodica. This is a mighty machine, with a strong metal panel at the back, and some good sounding reeds. The sound is warm, and its loud.

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5) Suzuki Pro 37

Suzuki Pro37 v2

This is Suzuki’s flagship pro level melodica. Despite this, it’s proved to be less popular than the much cheaper M37C (above). They’re very similar melodicas, with most agreeing that the M37C has the edge on tone, playability and price!

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6) Yamaha P37D

Yamaha Pianica P37D

One of the most popular full size melodicas on Melodica World, the P37D combines volume, warmth and response. The deep burgundy colour makes it slightly more grown up looking than some of it’s contemporaries. It’s also great value.

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7) Hammond 44

Hammond 44

Hammond have really aimed high with this 3½ octave, 44 key melodica. It has a smooth action, even tone, and is ideal for playing classical music, or any style where an extended range is called for. It also has the added advantage of a built in pickup microphone, so you can plug it directly in to an amp, or into the desk for recording.

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8) Hammond 44HP

Hammond 44HP

If you get bored with the Hammond 44, then consider purchasing it’s twin, The Hammond 44 HP. It offers a variation in sound to the standard 44 model, replacing the reeds, to deliver a brighter, cleaner sounding instrument. The metal back plate is also perforated, which allows more sound to escape.

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Why are there no Hohner melodicas listed? Hohner melodicas are a popular choice for beginner melodica players, and the range includes the Student 32, the Hohner 32, the Ocean 32, the Fire 32, the Superforce 37, the Performer 37 and the new funky Airboard 32 and Airboard 37. Unfortunately none of the Hohner melodicas made it onto this list as the current models suffer from poor build quality, and don’t offer good value for money. Check out the reviews and discussions on this site to find out more.


I hope this has been helpful. Remember that at this level, it’s all down to personal choice, what you’ll be using it for, and the sound you prefer. Whatever model you go for, nothing’s more important than making sure you do your daily practice!


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  1. So far I already have two Suzuki Melodion M37s and one Melodion M32C. I was fortunate to find one of those M32Cs in a surplus store, and the sound is amazing. Alas, that Hammond 44-key will just be in my dreams.

    I also have a Yamaha P-32D, but I painted it black. I have two of those P25s, but they are the cream-colored P-25Es.

  2. What a great review! Thanks so much for putting it up! I totally agree with your assessments and can attest to the recommendations for the Yamaha P25F as well as the Yamaha P37D. Bravo!

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