Reply To: Yamaha P37D vs P32D

Alan Brinton

I have noticed that Jon Batiste is nowadays using a 32 key melodica regularly on the Tonight Show, as opposed to the Suzuki Pro-37v that he used consistently in the past. He appears to be using a couple of refinished or customized Suzuki M-32Cs. Batiste is, of course, first and foremost a Jazz pianist. I will say that in recent comparisons I have found the Yamaha P-37D to have a slightly richer tone than the P-32D at the low end.

Marc, if you’re still monitoring this conversation: While being an experienced keyboardist is a big advantage in learning the melodica, many regard the melodica as primarily a wind instrument. This might be a consideration in evaluating particular models — though keyboard action is a significant consideration.

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