What tube & mouthpiece can I buy for Hohner piano 36?

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  • #2829
    AvatarRichard Lund
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    Hi.

    I’ve had my Dad’s Hohner piano 36 for a while and have an upcoming opportunity to play it, however, I find the static mouthpiece uncomfortable. I’ve seen people play their melodicas with tubes and was wondering if anyone has experience in which tubes I can buy that will fit this instrument.

    I am guessing that moisture will be a major problem for me as it generally is on my clarinet or saxophone, so I’m not sure if there are tubes that can help with that or not.

    And I’d need some kind of mouthpiece that is comfortable to keep in my mouth and won’t slip out too easily when I move much.

    Any advice?

    On a side note, does anyone know how old this melodica probably is? (It does not say “Professional” on it).

    Thanks!

    #2830
    AvatarMelodica-Me
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    Hello Richard, welcome to the forum, I have used this melodica a lot and I only use the trumpet mouthpiece, I find that it has the best control and feel. I never use any type of hose as it just does not give me the control I like. Any hoot, if you are definately set on using a hose you do not need to have any specific brand or model, you can actually go to your hardware store and get a clear hose and it will work, they even have surgical hose if you want more flex. You can find a mouthpiece on line, cut the trumpet portion and fit your hose and purchase another flat nozzle for the other end. Like you clarinet or sax you gain a sence of personal contact and learn to control the tone with your mouthpiece the same for the melodica.
    Melodica-Me
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    #2849
    AvatarRichard Lund
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    Hi.

    Thanks for your answer.

    I don’t have the trumpet mouthpiece anymore, and I’m not that good a player to be able to play without seeing the keys better, so I did buy a hose from a hardware store that after a little bit of slicing fit quite well. It’s not perfect – a bit thick, but it helps, and I can play quite nicely.

    Thanks again!

    #3754
    AvatarBruno Travi
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    Hi

    Melodica-Me, the Hohner Professional 36 trumpet mouthpiece is the same of the the Hohner Piano 36 trumpet mouthpiece? The hole in both is the same? Thanks

    #3755
    AvatarAlan Brinton
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    The Piano 36 is an early 1970s instrument, maybe introduced in 1969. The trumpet mouthpiece for the Piano 36 is the HMA-81 (which I believe is the same as for the Professional). The mouthpiece hole of the Piano 36 is smaller than most. It is about the same diameter as either end of the typical melodica hose (tube). Melodica tubes (of any brand) have two fittings, one a mouthpice and the other that (of course) has two ends, one fitting into the instrument and the other into its end of the tube probably will. If you remove the instrument end fitting from the tube, its small end may fit into the mouthpiece hole of the Piano 36. I have two of those fittings in front of me. One of them fits perfectly, the other is a bit too small. I don’t remember where I got the one that fits perfectly, but I’ve been using it for some time with my Piano 36, and it works very well if you like a short (1.5″) round mouthpiece with a small circular opening. If that fitting fits, though, the mouthpiece fitting at the other end of the tube probably will. Here’s the kind of tube with fittings that I’m talking about, although the fitting on this one does NOT fit the Piano 36. But if you have other melodicas with tubes, you could try their fittings. Below is the HMA-81 trumpet mouthpiece. I hope this isn’t too confusing.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Hohner-HMA-81-Trumpet-Style-Mouthpiece-for-Hohner-936-36-Key-Piano-Melodica-/131258102268

    #3757
    AvatarBruno Travi
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    Thanks Alan. I explain better. A friend wants to sell me a Hohner Professional 36 without accesories. I thinks buy a trumpet mouthpiece of the Hohner Piano 36 but Im not sure about the compatibility.

    #3758
    AvatarQuetscher
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    Heloo Bruno, it’s indeed exactly the same mouthpiece.

    #3759
    AvatarBruno Travi
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    Thanks Quetscher

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