Suzuki M-37C

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  • #1886
    AvatarAlan Brinton
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    This rounds out my comparisons of the Suzuki M-32C, A-34C, and M-37C. The M-37C is a good alternative to the Suzuki Pro-37v2, to which it is in my opinion superior. After getting the M-37C and comparing the two, I gave my Pro-37v2 to a musician friend. The design, structure, and sound of the M-37C are very similar to those of the M-32C and A-34C. Chintzy (fancy) finish work, mainly the cheaper looking metallic fittings on the ends, make it less attractive than those two, in my opinion, and the sound is a bit ringier, though not as ringy as that of the Pro-37v2. It doesn’t seem to me to be a serious problem, but it makes the sound less mellow. The ringiness does not come from resonance with the metal tray, since it is even more noticeable when the M-37C is played while out of its tray. Disassembly is trickier than with the M-32C and A-34C, which rotate easily out of the tray. I had to pry it (very carefully) out of its tray with a couple of small screw drivers and was worried about causing damage.

    To my surprise, I discovered that the M-37C, like the A-34C, has a baffle (as I refer to it in the posting on the A-34C). When the M-37C is blown while out of its tray, the rectangular rubber patch puffs out when notes are being played as well as when the spit valve is closed and no notes are depressed.

    While I definitely prefer the M-32C and A-34C to this instrument, the M-37C is a very good melodica, and it does have more keys.

    I did not open the reed compartment, on the assumption that it’s very similar to those of the others and since there wasn’t anything I wanted to do in there at this time.

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    #1887
    AvatarAlan Brinton
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    #1888
    AvatarAlan Brinton
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    #1889
    AvatarAlan Brinton
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    Here’s a little demo of the M-37C

    https://soundcloud.com/abrinton/alone-together-m-37c

    #4042
    AvatarAlan Brinton
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    #4148
    AvatarTom Teasley
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    Thanks for this, Alan. I just purchased a M- 37C and used it on a concert last night. I like it as a brighter alternative to my Yamaha P37. I haven’t tried to take it apart to tune it yet. Still working on my collection and enjoy reading here about all the options. My next purchase will probably be one of the Honer/Suzuki versions. Take care, Tom

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