Alan, I love the old Melodicas a lot, they just seam to need a lot more attention than the newer one’s. Sometimes they play great and sometimes they don’t, kinda like an old car, if you know what I mean. The only vintage Melodicas I use occasionally for live work is my Hohner Pro 36 “built military grade” and the Hohner Piano 36, the work horse and still probably the most used melodica by professionals. My Hohner Solist stays at home. Though you can never know when you are going to break a reed, new or vintage, the older melodica’s will go out on you sooner than later just due to age. Heck just blew a reed on my Vibrandoneon, second time this year.