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Joseph wrote:

“Hello I am unfamiliar with melodica models and types I just wanted to know if the words alto, soprano, and tenor actually denote the octave range of these instruments or are they just used as catchy names for the different brands, because I was planning on purchasing to melodicas one a standard model and the other in a higher register, I just want to make sure not to purchase to of the same range just because of a naming mix up.
Thank you”

Hi Joseph and welcome to melodicaworld,

unfortunately these terms (alto, soprano, tenor, bass) are not too exact and they vary from brand to brand. When you want to buy a New model just have a look at these three charts:

This is for Hammond models and the next one is for the Suzukis:

And finally, the range oft the Yamahas:

Apart from that you can find information on this site:

I’m not sure if this is a reliable source, I’ve got the impression that he counts an octave lower than it really sounds…

Greetings, Quetscher

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