Paul Durham

  • Paul Durham posted a new activity comment 2 months, 1 week ago

    I have limited use of the right hand because of my strokes. But it’s a neat addition to my vintage collection. And two very deserving young people got some melodicas when I cleaned out my test models of chinese manufacturers.

  • Got a 1965 silvertone orgamonica today. The 25 key model in pretty fair conition. Not surprisingly the seals are leaky but all reeds are good and I was pleased that the tone is deep
    and rich. Don’t expect to perform any repair because of the limited use I

    • I have limited use of the right hand because of my strokes. But it’s a neat addition to my vintage collection. And two very deserving young people got some melodicas when I cleaned out my test models of chinese manufacturers.

  • Enjoyed Tor Bekken’s jam on the venerable piano 36

  • Paul Durham posted a new activity comment 2 months, 4 weeks ago

    This horn has a flip tab over the spit drain

  • Paul Durham posted a new activity comment 2 months, 4 weeks ago

    Like a kid in a camdy shop! The HM32 arrived today and was perfect — only aged part was the hose which I automatically replace. I think this is my favorite of the three. Mainly because the keys are labeled on my 26 and the mouthpiece opening is broken on the 36. But all have beautiful tone!

  • Paul Durham posted an update 3 months ago

    Big score today! Completing my HM serties with the 32 key model. Looks to be in fabulous condition and batter yet has guaranteed delivery this week!

    • Congratulations, Paul. That’s a very distinctive model.

      • Like a kid in a camdy shop! The HM32 arrived today and was perfect — only aged part was the hose which I automatically replace. I think this is my favorite of the three. Mainly because the keys are labeled on my 26 and the mouthpiece opening is broken on the 36. But all have beautiful tone!

    • This horn has a flip tab over the spit drain

  • Got the mugig melodica today. I had seen it rating very highly on the internet. I have to agree. It has smooth tone throughout the 37 note range. At 30.99 it is providing some real competition to the Hohner performer.

  • Paul Durham posted a new activity comment 4 months, 1 week ago

    I too follow sales of melodicas on ebay. Most of ebay sllers find a bargain ay yard sales and estate sales and are flipping Hohners just because of their knowledge of the market, not the instrument. A few wiill check to see that every key works but that is really no guarantee the condition is good.

  • Paul Durham posted a new activity comment 4 months, 2 weeks ago

    Wasn’t impressed. The lower register was nice but the upper notes were shrill and the last 2 didn’t play well. The Do Re Mi and note numerals mark it as a beginner instrumentt.

  • Paul Durham posted a new activity comment 4 months, 4 weeks ago

    Thanks. Great Information.

  • Paul Durham posted a new activity comment 4 months, 4 weeks ago

    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.

  • Paul Durham posted a new activity comment 4 months, 4 weeks ago

    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.

  • Bought an ammoon melodica through a make offer auction on Ebay for $11.50. Been seeing good ratings on this brand. Has anyone here tried one?

    • Wasn’t impressed. The lower register was nice but the upper notes were shrill and the last 2 didn’t play well. The Do Re Mi and note numerals mark it as a beginner instrumentt.

  • Paul Durham posted an update 5 months ago

    A Michigan music dealer is selling Hohner HM-26 as made in Europe. Is this a change or did the dealer find some old stock and buy it up ?

    • 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.

    • Hi Paul,

      I know the point is moot given you are not in the market, but for the edification of others, made in Europe may not mean made in Germany. Alan probably knows where Hohner moved production of the HM series to lower costs.

      Based on my experience with many HM series melodicas, I prefer the “Made in Germany” variety. They seem to have a…[Read more]

  • Mark, I’m one of those who has the M37 and finds it a great instrument.

  • Dez, would you believe after my stroke when I could no longer play right handed I gave away my Piano 26. I’d owned almost 30 years and it was still like new.

  • Awesome, Daren. Sweet tone. That was your own build, was it not?

  • @dezb1 Dez, bet there will be more. It is fascinating to see players catch the “BUG” for the melodica.

  • Paul Durham posted a new activity comment 9 months, 2 weeks ago

    Got the Piano36 today and really thrilled !

  • Paul Durham posted a new activity comment 9 months, 2 weeks ago

    Thanks for letting me know. I’m pretty sure I’m going to be able to work around the flaw and the seller assures me the reeds and keys all still work fine.

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