Is the range of the 25-key Pianica a poor choice?

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    Pál Krammer

    Already having a P-32D and P-37D, I’d love to have the smaller P-25F as well, but I dislike the choice Yamaha made for its two octave range: from low F3 to F5.

    It seems that shifting up the range two whole tones to provide a range of A3 to A5 would be far more useful in what a person could play – maybe even B3 to B5.

    What do you think?

    Pál Krammer

    My question really is: would you prefer a 25-key melodica with a range shifted a bit upwards? To me, A3-A5 would be ideal.

    Yamaha isn’t likely to change the P-25F, but they or someone else could introduce a new model.

    One issue is that the keyboard layout would look very odd regarding the black and white key pattern; their current P-25, P-32, P-37 keyboard layouts look like what you’d expect on a keyboard. A shifted keyboard, especially, A3-A5, would probably need the top cover painted to show nonfunctional “phantom keys” just to avoid having unexpected visual distraction.

    Daren Banarsë

    I’d like D to D, just one tone higher – it suits the (lower) range of the flute, and fits with a lot of the tunes I play in D major.

    I don’t think it would be too distracting starting on another key. There’s 2 octaves of black key patterns to see where you are…

    Pál Krammer

    Yes, on a 25-key soprano, the D4-D6 range would work very well.

    Gerald de Peralta

    Not at all. I have a few 25-key Pianicas with me, among them a scarce P-S25C soprano melodica. Well, that’s from my standpoint, who’s on a budget, as brand new melodicas ain’t cheap.

    But if you have the budget, go for the 32- or 34-key ones. If money’s not an object, go for a 44-key Hyper Melodion.

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