Hammond Melodion 44 HP

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Hammond are best known for their classic organs, which they began manufacturing in 1935. After a golden age in the 60s, they struggled after switching from tonewheel organs to integrated circuits in the 70s. When they eventually went bankrupt in 1985, Suzuki, who had been manufacturing melodicas since the 1960s, bought the Hammond name.

Make: Hammond
Model name: Melodion 44 HP
Reed type: Multi reed plates, phosphorous bronze plated
Dimensions: 56 x 14 x 5cm
Weight: 1.2 kg
Keys: 44
Country of manufacture: Unknown
Player level: Pro
Features: 44 keys
Year of manufacture: 2010

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2 Reviews

  1. Daren Banarsë

    Daren Banarsë

    The main body is made of perforated metal, which gives it quite a solid feel. This means it's heavier than your standard melodica, and can be tiring to hold over extended periods of time, though you might get used to it if you were playing a lot. As with the other Suzuki melodicas, the mouthpiece is angled in one fixed direction, and if that direction doesn’t suit your playing style, you’re going to have to either rule this melodica out, or make some big compromises. Though if you’re planning to play with either of the two pipes included, this isn’t going to be a problem. It comes with a standard expandable plastic tube as well as a shorter bendable metal tube. What would have been really handy is a very short bendable tube, to work around the fixed direction of the mouthpiece.rnrnThis melodica is substantially longer than normal, so using it with the mouthpiece, while holding it with your left hand, can feel awkward. For me the hand grip at the back is too high, so I simply hold the back of the melodica at a more comfortable position. Looks-wise, the metal case gives it a professional air, but it’s let down slightly with the two plastic marble-effect ends, and a gold plastic mouthpiece.rnrnThere are 44 mini keys, ranging from C to G3, with a width of 18mm and length of 90mm. The keys are an off-white colour (like the Suzuki pro37), and have a shallow depth. The action is light, with a nice spring, enabling very easy glissandos and fast detailed playing. You can hear a small amount of key noise when depressing a key lightly.rnrnThe Melodion HP makes use of Hammond/Suzuki’s own phosphorus bronze plated reeds which result in a pure, bright, clean sound. The reeds are very responsive, meaning it works well for playing music with a lot of intricate detail, and the volume is louder than most other melodicas.rnrnThis is the only melodica on sale with a built-in quarter inch output. The sound from this mic is quite different from the acoustic sound – much warmer and smoother, quite characterful, with no harsh high frequencies. The output jack and volume control are at the end of the instrument. There are also fixtures for a guitar strap at either end of the keyboard.rnrnTo conclude, this melodica is clearer and brighter than the original Melodion 44 (non HP), but not noticeably louder. The reeds are quicker and more responsive and the tone has a sweet quality, compared to the rougher reedy quality of its predecessor. It has an advantage over other melodicas with the extended keyboard, though this could be considered to be at the expense of a comfortable holding position. The combination of fast reeds and smooth light keyboard makes playing any style of music an effortless experience.

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    This is one excellent melodion, I really like the tone (crisp and sweet) and feel of the keyboard. Suzuki definately has a grasp on the melodion/melodica market. The pick up is ok, and compare it to the Hammond 44 original just about the same. I have not had a chance to use some of my effects pedals on this one yet so I am not sure if the response is the same as the original 44 which work fine. rnThere was one thing that I was very surprised in, I have read in many articles during my due diligence that the Hyper was much louder than the original Hammond 44 because of the perforated cover, this is not at all true, the original 44 is much louder than the Hyper. I believe since the original 44 has more of a trumpet-horn sound that cuts through much louder where as the Hyper has more of a timber like the Vibrandoneon. I also noticed that the reeds in the original 44 have a more faster response in the lower register than the Hyper. When playing very fast 32 notes up and down the keyboard, I noticed that the Hyper chocked a few notes below middle C where the original Hammond 44 does not. This may just be that it needs to break in a little more. Like the original it came with a small mouth piece, a useless plastic hose and a flexible adjustable hard type hose, (this is the only one I use on both the original and Hyper) rnrnPros: Super fast keyboard, Excellent air tight chamber, professional look, feel and sound, rnCons: Expensive (but in my eyes worth every penny), you can only find these on Ebay sold from Japan so shipping is high and anywhere from 3-6 weeks delivery. rnrnFinal note: If you are a beginner or intermediate player you may want to hold off on this one for a while due to cost, but if you are a pro the Hammond Hyper is a must have.

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