melodica tuned sharp

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    Ky Hote

    Why does the Yamaha P37D 37-Key Pianica come tuned slightly sharp?


    I know harmonica players often tune their instruments slightly sharp, to stand out in the mix, so it could be a nod in this direction. Also, if you’re playing for a while, the reed chamber gets saturated with moisture, and the tuning tends to go a bit flat. Slightly sharper tuning can compensate for that

    Alan Brinton

    Melodicas in general tend to be tuned sharp at the factory, so this is not unique to the Yamaha P-37D. Typical factory tuning is roughly to A=442 or even slightly higher. I now tune down to A=441 or 440.

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