- November 24, 2015 at 4:19 pm #6466
I have a little experiment I’d like to share.
I’m very fond of the Yamaha Melodica as it exists, but I wondered how it would sound with a wooden body, and upgraded reeds. I’ve already made a simple plywood case, modifying the moisture-release valve so that it operates from outside the body.
I’ve ordered some sets of reeds From Harmonikas in the Czech Republic. I first heard these reeds when a friend used them in his button melodica. They’re very good quality. I believe they’re used in some high end accordinas too.
There’s just enough room (in theory) to fit the single reeds into the Yamaha chamber. I’ll use beeswax to attach them the traditional way.
I’ll keep you posted!November 24, 2015 at 4:22 pm #6467TuviaParticipant
Any pics of your plywood construction ?
ThanksNovember 24, 2015 at 4:38 pm #6468
Hi Tuvia. I didn’t take any pics while I was making it. I basically copied the design of the plastic case, with screws coming in from the back. Not the best design for woodwork, but I wanted something quick and easy.November 24, 2015 at 4:47 pm #6469TuviaParticipant
Thx. I’m looking for a better design than mylodica has
I know you’ve written about yoursNovember 24, 2015 at 5:12 pm #6470
What was their minimum order for reed sets? Would you mind sharing their cost?
ShannonNovember 24, 2015 at 5:28 pm #6471
I ordered 10 sets, as I have a few things to try out! I think they cost around 4 Euros per reed. I might have some sets left over to sell on at cost price, but can’t promise anything yet.November 24, 2015 at 5:54 pm #6472
Thanks for the quick reply. I would definitely be interested in a set or two. I am brainstorming a prototype accordina/melodica hybrid with a different keyboard and would prefer using new reeds to cannibalizing old instruments, especially if I end up making more than one. Looking forward to your review of the reeds.
ShannonNovember 24, 2015 at 7:35 pm #6474Bruno TraviParticipant
It seems that the reeds used are from Bohema made in Czech melodica.
After the changes, ¿what is your opinion of the new sound?November 26, 2015 at 1:13 pm #6488
The reeds haven’t arrived yet Bruno, but the wooden case, with the original reeds does result in a noticeably warmer soundNovember 29, 2015 at 8:10 pm #6491QuetscherParticipant
Hi Daren, do you know in which range melodica reeds are produced by Harmonika? Alan kindly posted the chart they have on their site but I couldn’t make it out. First I thought it could be f-e3 just like the range of the Bohema melodicas, but if they are really used in accordinas it should be a bigger range up to c4…November 30, 2015 at 1:18 pm #6492
Hi Quetscher, the lowest reeds I ordered are the B below the lowest F on a Yamaha P37D. In other words the B, just over one octave below middle C.
And the highest reed was the F, same as the highest note on a P37D.
I’m sure they could make higher than that.
Email them!November 30, 2015 at 3:58 pm #6493QuetscherParticipant
Oh, that’s quite a huge range, I didn’t expect that! Thanks a lot.
I have another question: the size of the reed plates is always the same, no matter how high or low the note is, is that right? And could you tell me the size? That would be great!December 2, 2015 at 3:24 pm #6496
Yes, the reed size should always be the same. The size is 8mm x 33mm.December 3, 2015 at 5:45 pm #6504
Do you know what the standard reed spacing is on the Yamaha? Do you know if the different makers have standardized their spacing? For instance Yamaha the same as Suzuki, Hohner, etc.
ShannonDecember 3, 2015 at 7:27 pm #6505
The reeds are spaced 11.2mm apart in the Yamaha melodicas. I don’t know about the others, I don’t think there’s a standard. Maybe I’ll start a thread, so people can add dimensions for melodicas that they own…
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