MARK Issadore posted an update 5 months ago
Does anyone know the difference between the Suzuki pro37v2 and v3 other than the higher price?
I already have an M37c.
I know that for some players that is preferred over the Pro 37 at half the cost.
I also have a chance to buy a Clavietta, The seller even sent me a you tube video of him just
playing all of the notes up the keyboard.He did not play aa song or chords. Hard to tell if it was in tune.
The keys sounded noisy when released to me .
I do not know if this could be a costly problem to fix.
Would I be better off buying a used and somewhat refurbished Clavietta from my local accordion shop although
for $400 I am not jumping yo spend that kind of money.
I do not have the skill or patience to do my own repairs.
I am also concerned that the only way to get parts would be
to cannibalize other used Claviettas.
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 bought two that had been refurbished and supposedly were playable. I can play notes all the way up the keyboard on both of them, but there is too much leakage to actually play meaningfully on the instrument. I have also replaced gaskets and washers which improved the situation but still did not make it into an actually usable instrument. I have refurbished quite a few old melodicas. I know it’s possible to make a Clavietta playable. Some here have done it. My advice would be to not pay good money for a Clavietta unless you first have the chance to try it out or unless it’s from a person who you know can successfully refurbish one. The only such person I know of would be our member, Melodica-Me. Check out his postings about working on Claviettas.
Mark, like Alan states, many leak as all Clavietta leak slightly, this does not make them un-playable. I have purchased several that leak about the same “slightly” and many that leak to the point where you can not hear a note. There are four key areas that I look for and it is usually one or two of them. 1) the most common is the washer that have become brittle and have broken off, this is an easy fix. 2) the gasket has dried and cracked, again an easy fix. 3) the Clavietta has been over tighten (4 screws on the chrome part) through out the years and has warped the air chamber causing air to escape. this one is a little more difficulty to fix but by changing the gasket material with a thicker material it can solve this issue. 4) the moisture release valve does not sit tight to the hole or the gasket has fallen out or is worn causing air to leak through and causing the pressure to be weak. All these are very repairable and do not need to be taken to a profession repair shop. Lets talk tuning, the advantage that Clavietta has in tuning is that you do not need to remove a whole plate if you only need to tune one reed. Since they not only are waxed on they are screwed in as well. Once you have removed the reed you need to build a small holding device so you can blow air onto reed so it can be heard. I built one that works great but does not need to be as elaborate. see link below.
you can make this with a piece of wood or even out of a plaster or clay. You don’t need to make this device and simply tune the reed (same as any other reed there are videos on you tube) by scraping the reed lightly with a file and replacing the reed and screw the reed back into its position to check your tuning, unscrew the reed and repeat the scraping until the reed has been tuned. You can purchase wax on ebay and melt on your stove or over a candle in a small tuna can and brush the wax over the old wax with a small artist brush (you can buy a pack for a couple dollars at craft art stores)or you can scrape the old wax off and replace all being carful not to drop wax on to the reed. Do not be afraid to try this it is simple you just need to do it a few times. as far as the clanky key sound is only (1) issue the grey felt has worn. You can pick up self adhiesive felt cut and replace the old by simply removing the key (2) steps remove the screw in the rear and the washer holder and the felt is visible. I am more than welcome to walk you through any of these possible issues any time. Recently a fellow melodica player here on Melodica World that happened to live near me stop by my shop and I helped him with his leaks. In his case he had replaced all his washers but did not notice he had a broken reed and a bad leak. We replaced the reed and waxed in the reed. His main leak was caused by a bent air chamber (over tightened) I had an extra and once we replaced it, it worked great and played great.
when you see a cheap one on ebay, pick it up and you will have extra reeds and other parts needed to make repairs. There is no other Melodica that sounds like a Clavietta and is still one of the most popular melodica made. I Hope this helps or at lease shed a little light on the Clavietta.
I have the same problem regarding the clanky keys. Fortunately my Clavietta has no leaks, from what I read in the forum, I’m considering myself a lucky guy! I will follow your tips and fix this problem myself, Melodica me. Am I not in danger of causing any leaking by doing this procedure of changing the key felts?
Hello Andre, if you have the the original old brown washers, just make sure that you replace them in the correct hole and make sure they are seated flat on the hole by simple turning them until they are flat and no air leaks. If you have replaced them with rubber or silicone washers you will not have any issues. you will need a very small screw driver for the rear key screw that holds a spring and a tiny screw make sure you do not loose any they are hard to find. Remove the actual washer holder with a flat screw driver, this will then allow the yet to be removed exposing the grey felt. I like to remove them all because it is just easier to remove the old felts and to clean and replace. Do not punch a hole on the felt let the key post/screw be your guide when replacing the key and at that time punch a small hole no larger than the key post to avoid air loss. It will be a little stiff but after pressing the key a few times it will be normal. If you do not want to cut every felt to a round you can cover the entire plate area where the felts sits a pice 1-1/4″ x 15″ and 1/16″ thick will work perfect. You can find the felt in craft stores with a peel and stick backer. once you have seated the key and replaced all screws, springs, tiny nut and washer holder. play all the keys to make sure if you need to make any adjustments or possible free up any key post that may still be sticking. If will feel like a completely new Clavietta. I hope this helps you, and like always please let me know if you need any additional help.
Thank you very much, Melodica-Me! If I need more help I will let you know but I think that I can try it out with your informations!