Alan Brinton

  • Great project, Phillip. The recording is impressive. Thanks for sharing your work with us.

  • Alan Brinton posted a new activity comment 4 months, 3 weeks ago

    I’m enjoying reading this, Nathan, but I can’t figure out how to access either the Appendices or Youtube recordings. I am already familiar with some of the Youtubes but don’t have links to them recorded or organized so as to call them up at the appropriate places in the text of the thesis.

    Some readers may be confused by your referring to this…[Read more]

  • Alan Brinton posted a new activity comment 4 months, 3 weeks ago

    The archer, not the arrow! How true.

  • Alan Brinton posted a new activity comment 4 months, 3 weeks ago

    But I suggest buying the corresponding Piano 27, one with two mouthpieces.

  • Alan Brinton posted a new activity comment 4 months, 3 weeks ago

    I think MARK means he boiled the two mouthpieces, not the whole melodica. So they expanded and did not contract sufficiently upon cooling? So maybe putting the mouthpieces in the freezer will resolve the issue? One of our members crafted new mouthpieces for these models a couple of years ago and was selling them on eBay. Amazon has some advertised…[Read more]

  • Alan Brinton posted a new activity comment 4 months, 3 weeks ago

    I’ve been waiting for this since you first told us about your project, Nathan. I had a little trouble figuring out how to get to the full text of the thesis. It’s by clicking on the “TEST PDF” link at the bottom left. Biggest news to come out of Coventry since the aerial bombardments! I’m going to be checking this out now.

    • Hi Alan, yes the website it is on is quite confusing! Haha, I hope you find it interesting and look forward to hearing your thoughts!

    • I’m enjoying reading this, Nathan, but I can’t figure out how to access either the Appendices or Youtube recordings. I am already familiar with some of the Youtubes but don’t have links to them recorded or organized so as to call them up at the appropriate places in the text of the thesis.

      Some readers may be confused by your referring to this…[Read more]

  • Lovely.

    Okay, so that’s the original “soprano” Piano 26, the HM-926, introduced by 1961, and followed by its mate, the “alto” HM-927. They continued to be marketed through the 1970s. The instrument in your previous video is the next in the development of the “Piano” Hohner Melodicas, the HM-26, along with its mate, the “alto” HM-27. These had a…[Read more]

  • So beautiful, yes. Good choice of instruments, Tor!

  • Alan Brinton posted a new activity comment 5 months ago

    I want to say “play,” not “pay”!

    Listen to Tor’s rendition of “Roland Alphonso,” Mark, if you haven’t already. There is the incomparable sound of the old Hohner Piano 26. If that doesn’t make you want to grab one as soon as possible, I don’t know what would.

    HiAre the Hohner piano26 and 27 the same quality?Are the keys quiet or noisy when pressed and released?Are either of these. as good quality and sound wise as the Suzuki s32c melodica? So I have been asking some sellers various questions about the Hohner 26/27 they have for sale.Some do not even have the courtesy to return my emails.At…[Read more]– MARK Issadore (@melosqueeze) August 24, 2019

  • Alan Brinton posted a new activity comment 5 months ago

    The original Piano 26 and 27 are of exactly the same build quality, Mark. They differ almost exclusively in their range of keys. Some prefer the tone of one or the other. I have heard it said that the tone of the 27 is a bit darker. I personally favor the 26, but it’s really a tossup. I have never been distracted by their level of key noise. It’s…[Read more]

    • I want to say “play,” not “pay”!

      Listen to Tor’s rendition of “Roland Alphonso,” Mark, if you haven’t already. There is the incomparable sound of the old Hohner Piano 26. If that doesn’t make you want to grab one as soon as possible, I don’t know what would.

      HiAre the Hohner piano26 and 27 the same quality?Are the keys quiet or noisy when pressed and released?Are either of these. as good quality and sound wise as the Suzuki s32c melodica? So I have been asking some sellers various questions about the Hohner 26/27 they have for sale.Some do not even have the courtesy to return my emails.At…[Read more]– MARK Issadore (@melosqueeze) August 24, 2019

  • I sent the link to my brother who reported back that the next video suggested for viewing by the Youtube algorithm was “How to lubricate your noisy garage door.” ☺

  • I like it!

    Apparently, you have little fear of retribution by the current Norwegian government.

  • Alan Brinton posted a new activity comment 5 months ago

    The highest note on the Piano 26 (the gray metal one with the small keys) is C6, which is also the highest note in the keyboard layouts of almost all 32 key melodicas. This is not more piercing or shrill than C6 on other standard melodicas. This Piano 26 also definitely doesn’t sound more like a toy than other melodicas. If anything it has a…[Read more]

  • Alan Brinton posted a new activity comment 5 months, 1 week ago

    Mark,

    I am one of those who prefer the Suzuki M-37C (or M-32C) over the Pro37v2. I think it has a smoother, somewhat less harsh sound. I doubt from what I have seen and read that the v3 is substantially different from the v2.

    It is very hard to get (or to refurbish) a Clavietta that does not leak so much that it is actually playable. I have…[Read more]

  • I’m having trouble getting my feet into that configuration, one of the limitations of being 73 as opposed to 3, I guess.

  • That sounds pretty good. I think I hear some dub influence in there. I generally try playing along with your samples seeing to what extent I can approximate your sounds with a bare naked melodica. With this, my Suzuki MA-32 “Super II” gets me part way there. It bends notes pretty well.

  • Alan Brinton posted a new activity comment 6 months, 1 week ago

    Oh, I was assuming that you didn’t already have one.

    You’ve carved out a niche for your investigations, Paul, that nobody else is filling.

  • Alan Brinton posted a new activity comment 6 months, 1 week ago

    If I were you, I’d buy it now, regardless of how many he says he has in stock. That’s a bargain price for a new HM-26, and at that price somebody may buy out his stock.

    • The one I have is in good shape so I’m not in the market. I have my collectibles set aside and most of what I buy now are entry level pieces just to see low end improvements. My conclusion has been most of them are really quite remarkable for the price. Hopefully this will bring more enthusiast to the melodica.

      • Oh, I was assuming that you didn’t already have one.

        You’ve carved out a niche for your investigations, Paul, that nobody else is filling.

  • Alan Brinton posted a new activity comment 6 months, 2 weeks ago

    There was some stock still out there a few years ago, Paul. I believe it was last made in 2011 and Hohner USA was selling some for a few years after that.

    • Thanks, Alan. The dealer is trying to unload a lot of 40 so we’ll be seeing them for awhile. I got mine used quite some time ago so I wasn’t inclined to spend $49 right now.

      • If I were you, I’d buy it now, regardless of how many he says he has in stock. That’s a bargain price for a new HM-26, and at that price somebody may buy out his stock.

        • The one I have is in good shape so I’m not in the market. I have my collectibles set aside and most of what I buy now are entry level pieces just to see low end improvements. My conclusion has been most of them are really quite remarkable for the price. Hopefully this will bring more enthusiast to the melodica.

          • Oh, I was assuming that you didn’t already have one.

            You’ve carved out a niche for your investigations, Paul, that nobody else is filling.

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