This was totally off my radar having just bought a new melodion, but thank you for the heads up!
It’s a shame that their way of marketing the instrument is by giving it a new paint job rather than improving things that really count.
In Japan, at least, it’s apparent that it’s an instrument for kids- and therefore doesn’t need to be very precise (granted they are sturdy!).
I think anyone who has recorded melodicas knows what a PITA they can be when it comes to tuning. If a new design that distributes the airflow more equally and was properly tuned before it went to stores then I think people might take the instrument more seriously.
I’m all for fun paint jobs on instruments, but I’m not sure who benefits from this one…