Reply To: Melodica range

Rahul Savani

Hi Alan

> Hey that’s great, Rahul! Thanks for sharing it.
> What did you decide about a Hammond?
> All three models significantly extend the range.

I decided that the Hohner Alto range, and maybe a bit below, is what I really care about, so that if I went for one it should be one of the Hammond 44s. On my wish list for now..

> Your key identifications in the chart don’t look right, though. Am I reading it wrong?

The staves and keyboard labels are all borrowed, and I didn’t change anything there. The note labels just below the keyboard are Scientific Pitch Notation (SPN), with middle C being denoted as C4. I hadn’t even heard of SPN before I made this diagram.

I just augmented the diagram with the 7 melodicas, where I used notation for the end notes inspired by the notation used in marketing materials (where c1 is middle C, f is the one below middle C and F the one below that one). So the notation on the keyboard and on the ends of the “melodicas” is different. After a quick google, I now see that those using this second notation, with c1 as middle C, as probably just adapting Helmholtz notation, writing c1 for c’.

What did you think is wrong in particular?

> The soprano I like best is the Suzuki Study 25 that corresponds to the regular
> alto Study 25 (“New Study” A-25, 1972-85.)
> Its range starts exactly one octave above the alto, at F4.
> I’m very keen on both these models, for their action and distinctive sound.

They look nice indeed, though I mainly play stuff in the Hohner Alto range as mentioned.


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