Reply To: Tokyo melodion/melodica festival

Alan Brinton

As you know, Daren, I have quite a lot of vintage Yamahas as well as the current models, and I don’t think there’s one of them that has a leakage problem, including the 1960s models. It’s also unusual with Suzukis. I think this is probably due to quality of construction (fit of the parts especially in the Yamahas) and to the gasket materials, which are less susceptible to deterioration than those in vintage Hohners and other European models. While we’re on this topic, I have noticed that the plastic used on Yamahas is a bit softer than that on vintage Suzukis, with which cracks and chipping of the end pieces are sometimes a problem and can compromise their airtightness.

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