Hohner Basso Melodica

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Hohner is a musical instrument manufacturer with a reputation for innovative design and invention. The company was founded in Germany by Matthias Hohner in 1857, who began making harmonicas with his wife and one other employee. During the 1950s the Hohner company added a newly invented instrument they named ‘melodica’ to their catalogue. The melodica was a success, and was soon copied by several other companies around the world.

Make: Hohner
Model name: Basso
Reed type: Multi reed plates
Dimensions: Unknown
Weight: Unknown
Keys: 24
Country of manufacture: Unknown
Player level: Intermediate
Features: Bass range
Year of manufacture: Unknown, discontinued

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    Basso Melodica.rnrnMost of us are curious about these chubby little melodica with that fat bass sound, but once you have played one you are left with feeling of "why did I but this" feeling. Bass melodicas are definitely not for everyone. So ask me why I own all three bass melodicas made. Because I love what they do to round out the sound of a group of melodicas play together. The Hohner Basso like the Hammond BB and the Suzuki B-24 have the same key range but tone wise they are not the same. The Basso is more like the extension of the Hohner Piano 36, where the tone is similar, a little rough around the edges but in a group setting the sound fits right in. The keys are a little clanky but acceptable. Speed wise they are all about the same, the basso is a little faster in response than the other two bass melodicas. Tone wise the Hammond BB is by far the best sounding the Suzuki next with the Basso bringing up the rear. I use all three bass melodicas together for a trombone section effect which we call "The Wall of Basso" The basso adds the edge needed to give you the brassy effect to the combination. The Hohner Basso is lighter in weight compared to the other two and does not feel as good in your hands as the other two but don't let that stop you from purchasing one, remember "It's all about the bass" yeah you knew that was coming. It takes a little getting used to play these bad boys but once you get the hang of pacing your breath it becomes much easier to play. The Basso come out once in awhile on Ebay, usually with a nice big leak due to the sensitive bladder used too control the back pressure needed for lower register notes. I will be posting a "how to replace a Basso Bladder" under the "Melodica Construction repair and Maintenance" section here on MelodicaWorld in the next day or so, if you are interested in replacing the bladder yourself. I give the Basso (3) stars based on my comparison to the Hammond BB and the Suzuki B-24 rnrnMelodica-MernMonsters of Melodica

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