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  • Clep started the topic New tube for Hohner Piano 36 ? in the forum Melodica construction, repair and maintenance 2 weeks, 2 days ago

    I have several HM Piano 36’s, and with all I use the same tube. I think it’s an aftermarket addition from some previous owner. Last night the inevitable happened: the melodica slipped off a chair and shattered the 90-degree fitting that went in to the melodica.

    I might be able to repair it, but I’d like to use this opportunity to once and for all find a new, maybe even better solution.

    I know lots of players don’t like to use the blowing tubes, but I’m definitely a tube user. I’ve looked around and I can’t seem to find good tubing material. The ideal tube is going to be about 3/8″ I.D. (~9-10mm), be supple enough to bend easily, not be stretchy or elastic, and not have deep corrugation.

    I can’t seem to find a source for this, though I’m sure it’s out there… surgical rubber tubes are too stretchy, non-corrugated plastic tubes are generally way too stiff, excessively corrugated tubes often make the “Whirly_tube” sound.

    Any sources for tubing? Or the fittings? Or the mouthpiece?

    Do any of the pre-made solutions fit into a HMPiano 36? I measure the I.D. of the hole at ~.466″ tapering to ~.436″ over ~.515″, which if my math is right is about a 1.67 degree taper.

    Thanks for any tips!

    • I have purchased several new tubes on ebay. They adapt to HM models with a small O ring. I have not seen a replacement joint but your project sounds interesting when the elbow is desired.