My new Pro36

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  • #4883
    Daren BanarsëDaren Banarsë
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    I’d get something made for a melodica if you can, so you know it won’t rust. I’ve just done a quick comparison, and the Vibrandoneon reeds are nearly exactly the same size, but about half a millimetre thinner. So perhaps try to get hold of a single Vibra reed?

    I believe Martin Maurer (a member here) can get hold of these single reeds

    #4884
    AvatarMelodica-Me
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    Ofir, I believe they are Bronze. But I need to confirm.

    Melodica-Me

    #4885
    AvatarAdam Tombs
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    Hey Ofir, it’s all good my friend. My comments are only to assist you. Glad the old girl is getting the love she deserves.

    #4886
    AvatarAlan Brinton
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    Phosphor bronze is the desirable material, I think.

    #4887
    AvatarOfir
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    Thank you all!
    Daren, I send an email to Martin, and I hope that he can assist.

    Alan, I guess that phosphor bronze is the material used for modern high-end reeds (i.e. my Yamaha).
    Considering the silver color (not golden) of the original pro36 reeds, these are probably not made of phosphor bronze. Therefore, I wonder if it will produce the same sound character with the rest of the reeds.

    Melodica-Me, I’d love it if you can confirm.
    Another idea I had is to put a thin layer of lacquer on the wood and metal parts that touches the gasket. I believe that it will enhance the ability of the non-gasket surface to block air.

    Finally Adam, sure it does! It came to work, and for that I cannot compromise on its shape. 🙂

    #4891
    AvatarMelodica-Me
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    Ofir, it is confirmed that the reeds used on the Professional 36 are Bronze. Early Hohner advertising states that the they are “durable Bronze reeds”. Color does not make a difference as Bronze is a mixture of different mental alloys and color can vary. But more than likely the reeds are like as Alan states “Phosphor Bronze” as in many accordion.
    Melodica-Me

    #4895
    AvatarOfir
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    Thank you, Melodica-Me!
    I removed the old gasket and put a new window gasket. The leakage was reduced, but it’s still leaking.
    I suspect the key pads and not the glue between the reed plates, as a missing glue with perfect key pads should not leak (air cannot escape).
    Do you have an idea of how to effectively check for a key pad leak?

    #4897
    AvatarOfir
    Participant

    Rephrasing:
    I suspect the key pads and not the glue between the reed plates, as a missing glue with perfect key pads should not leak air when no keys are pressed (air cannot escape).

    #4899
    AvatarMelodica-Me
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    Ofir, with a piece of plastic, cover the Reed section completly with electrical tape as if was being sealed with the back plate, leaving the other half completely open. Once this is complete flip over to see the bottom of the melodica. Mix some water and soap and carefully wet the key pads completely. Now blow into the mouth piece without pressing any of the keys and see if you make any bubbles mark those areas, let the moisture dry completely. These areas will need to be sealed again with either replacing the pad and or wax any crack in the frame you may see bubbles.
    A lot of trial and error evay leak you fill will improve the performance.
    Melodica-Me

    #4900
    AvatarOfir
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    Thank you Melodica-Me, I’ll give it a try.

    #4906
    AvatarOfir
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    Repeat after me:
    “I’m not a collector; I’m not a collector; I’m not a collector”.

    #4907
    AvatarOfir
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    And.. let the fun begin!

    #4918
    AvatarMelodica-Me
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    OK then you must be a historian collecting data in the shape of a melodica. 🙂
    Melodica-Me

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