The First Hohner Melodica and Clones

Homepage Forums Vintage Melodicas The First Hohner Melodica and Clones

Viewing 9 posts - 16 through 24 (of 24 total)
  • Author
    Posts
  • #8760
    AvatarPaul Durham
    Participant

    041262 could also stand for April 12. It is very common to place the month first so that numerical order is preseerved in date calculations.

    #8761
    AvatarQuetscher
    Participant

    That’s right Paul, but usually they spell it the other way round in Germany…

    #8762
    AvatarAlan Brinton
    Participant

    Actually, almost everywhere it’s day-month-year. They (Germans, Japanese, Italians, etc.) have no respect for us Americans and refuse to adopt our customs. But they do make better melodicas, with the exception of Oscar Verdugo’s Diamante Wind Vox.

    #8935
    AvatarAlan Brinton
    Participant

    I have a “010363” on a recently acquired Professional 36, indicating 1 March 1963.

    #9761
    AvatarLuis melodion
    Participant

    Wow, you are my hero Alan 😀

    #9762
    AvatarLuis melodion
    Participant
    #9764
    AvatarAlan Brinton
    Participant

    Can you tell who the maker of this ancient melodica roja is, Luis?

    #11137
    AvatarMichael
    Participant

    hi alan,
    perhaps this is the right place to continue our conversion from the soprano cleaningthread some days ago.
    now i got also a woodenbody soprano and found this info on the first side of this thread:

    In the first half of the production, the soundboard was made of pearwood, but they then switched to injection molded parts because of the persistent problems with swelling of the wood.

    (the first half year of production is the right translation)

    so the wooden ones should be the real first melodicas from hohner.

    soprano alto wood

    the left soprano with yellowish plasticbody
    in the middle and right soprano and alto with woodbody and whiter tint.
    you can identify them with the third screw at the end.

    the soprano had a broken key i just fixed quick and dirty to get her airtight. she seems to had fallen on the edge.

    i can not compare the sound at the moment, because i am a little ill, but will ask my girlfriend to test them.

    • This reply was modified 3 weeks ago by AvatarMichael.
    #11139
    AvatarAlan Brinton
    Participant

    Terrific! Thanks for the photo and the information about the original use of pearwood, Michael. I’m watching eBay for a Piano model with wood.

Viewing 9 posts - 16 through 24 (of 24 total)
  • You must be logged in to reply to this topic.