I thought about tone color being a subjective quality Alan, but I guess I’m thinking in terms of providing some service to players looking to buy. After all most stores won’t let you play a melodica without buying it and I believe you are like me and maybe most people now are buying on-line sight unseen. So I think maybe some general statements might be in order however the subjective quality is a bother?
Perhaps sticking with comparisons to other free reeds sort of statements such as harmonica-like, accordian-like, Bandoneon-like etc as opposed to saying dark, shrill, powerful sorts of statements would be more helpful to the potential player?
I know we will have succeeded some day when I read the ad copy for a harmonica and it reads rich melodica-like tone!!! 😀