Hohner Melodica Piano 32

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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.

The Hohner Melodica Piano 32 is the smaller version of the Melodica Piano 36

Make: Hohner
Model name: Melodica Piano 32
Reed type: Multi reed plates
Dimensions: Unknown
Weight: Unknown
Keys: 32
Country of manufacture: Unknown
Player level: Pro
Features: None
Year of manufacture: Unknown

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2 Reviews

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    Alan Brinton

    There are separate listings here for the Hohner Piano 32 and the Hohner HM-32, though these are essentially the same instrument. I have two, one ordered under the HM-32 listing from the Hohner Shop, the other purchased on eBay as a New Old Stock Hohner Piano 32. They have the same sound and appear to be identical, except for a slightly different logo and the spit mechanism: the one from the Hohner Shop has a clear rubber strap spit hole cover about whose durability I am a bit concerned, while the other has a small metal button -- in both cases on the bottom of the melodica. An advantage of the strap vent mechanism (also used on the 26) is the big vent hole, which makes it a snap to blow out moisture.rnrnI am in agreement with everything in Lowboy's description and assessment, except that I can't speak about wah wah effects, in that I do not currently have the skill for this.rnrnI love this melodica because of the sounds I can get out of it, much more delicate, soulful sounds than out of any of the other melodicas in my collection. I would say the sound is fragile, and my guess is that most melodica players will not like that. I think many players will find the sound and the key action unsteady and feel like this melodica is out of tune. The upside, though, is that it is relatively easy to bend notes and coax out surprisingly sweet sounds with this instrument. For me the sound of the HM-32 is intoxicating (and even more so with the HM-26). rnrnThe inner build and mechanics of the HM-32 are a reflection of what you get playing the instrument. It is rather fragile and vulnerable. One the bottom cover is removed, the keys snap off easily if you want them off or by accident. It is a delicate operation to get the key back on its little spring and to deal with collateral issues with the nearby keys. And then some effort is required to get that section of the keyboard working properly again. The reeds seem okay, but the reed plates do not appear to be removable, at least not by a non-technician. Although the mechanisms are simple and ingenious on the HM-32, I have the feeling that I could easily ruin it and make it unfixable by me. My guess is that these melodicas will be very hard to fine tune because it will be hard to get consistent readings (by ear or by instrument).rnrnI have two HM (or Piano) 26 Hohners and agree that they are the same as the 32 except for the number of keys, and except this: Both of them have a somewhat steadier and crisper sound than both of my HM-32 Hohners. From my limited sampling, I would say that the 26 is better than the 32.

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    Hi Alan, I find slight differences between the playability and timbre of 32s versus the 26s/27s as well. I attribute it to the only obvious difference in design: size. I hypothesize that physically, size changes the vibration and resonance characteristics of the hardware. Size would also change air flow characteristics. Whenever a song allows, I prefer to play the shorter versions (26s and 27s) because they are easier to hold and move around. If I need maximum range, I play the 32s. The instrument with the push button water valve is the older instrument. I don't see the rubber strap as a problem except it is not as convenient to use as the push button. Lowboy

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