Home / Forums / Buying a melodica / Buying Criteria / Reply To: Buying Criteria Reply To: Buying Criteria January 13, 2014 at 11:52 pm #1474 KevinParticipant Hmmm…special about the Hohner. I guess that’s the worst thing about it Alan. There’s nothing really special about it, it has a sort of generic quality. I more than once thought of giving it to the neighborhood children. Sometimes I play it to make me appreciate my other melodicas and since it was cheaper I more readily experiment with it (such as with the putty). If I had known the build quality beforehand I would have bought the Fire instead since it at least has a visual quality but at the time I really wanted the full 3 octaves.