Tagged: Hohner Piano 26s
- January 31, 2015 at 1:47 pm #3965February 2, 2015 at 2:32 am #3982Adam TombsParticipant
I love these too. I have the five screw piano 26 in pristine condition and it is one of my favourite hooters.
I am looking at the other later model Piano 26/27 in the alto 27 key version, having had some good results from
the similar even later model Piano 26 (Plastic body, made in Germany). The one I am looking at has the flat back which is screwed on, it’s blockier and larger than the older versions.
Currently attemping a rebuild and tune up of the similar five screw metal body piano 27 alto… wish me luck.February 2, 2015 at 12:49 pm #3988
I have a flat-back, plastic, Piano 26. It is a nice looking and handling keyboard harmonica. It has the smooth, mellow, darker timbre that I like. However, it takes a fair amount of effort to blow and is one of the softest keyboard harmonicas I have ever played. So it has its place, but I don’t play it very often.
Hohner Flat-Back, Plastic, Piano 26
LowboyFebruary 2, 2015 at 1:51 pm #3990
Correction. It is hard to tell if this Piano 26 has a plastic or metal back plate. I took it apart about 6 months ago and think I remember it being metal. Not sure, but I think the back plate is metal. LowboyFebruary 3, 2015 at 2:34 am #3993Adam TombsParticipant
Interesting, the only melodica I have that is of the same vintage as the one I am thinking of is a piano 20. It has no problem with volume and is quite the ‘dark horse’in terms of tone. A nice little player with an obviously limited range. Smells like it spent a lot of time on display at a Greek coffee shop, which is pretty close to where it actually lived for a long time. I am an ex smoker who still likes a cigar now and then and this little melodica now smells pleasantly like coffee and tobacco. When I first got it, it absolutely reeked, but after trying various cleaning methods I no longer start sneezing when I handle it.February 5, 2015 at 4:03 am #4030Shannon MParticipant
You mentioned in your review that the five screw sounded more “harmonious ” than the three screw. what do you mean?
thxFebruary 5, 2015 at 11:30 am #4034
I said the sound of the older 5-screw model has slightly more “harmonics” or overtones. That is a loose way of saying the tone was a bit fuller or richer. As I sit here now switching back and forth between the 3-screw and 5-screw models, I hear a slight difference in tone between the two, but the difference varies in funny ways depending upon if I am playing high notes, low notes, intervals, or chords. And when do I hear a difference, I am not sure which one I like the best.
So I don’t think it matters which one you buy or play. They are pretty close in tone. Generally speaking, the 5-screws seems to move air faster, be slightly louder and generality fuller. But again the difference is very very small. For most uses, I would buy either without consideration for the differences.
The 5-screw is older and a bit heavier, and it feels like you are picking up a small log. That could add to the coolness factor.
Lowboy BootayFebruary 5, 2015 at 11:37 am #4035
Note on the Piano 27 rebuild that there are four screws for the mouthpiece receiver. Two are machine threads and two are wood-screw type threads. The machine threaded screws go in the top. You can see a metal pad inside the mouthpiece receiver into which the machine screws are screwed. I did not pay attention to this when I took mine apart and got them mixed up, ruining the machine thread in the mouthpiece receiver.
LowboyFebruary 6, 2015 at 10:35 pm #4063Shannon MParticipant
thanks for the clarification. I have a three screw and am really learning to appreciate it. Like you, I bought it last. but it really has a nice tone and handles well. Well above a toy IMO.
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