Hohner Student

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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 original Hohner Student was available in orange or grey.

Make: Hohner
Model name: Student
Reed type: Multi reed plates
Dimensions: 34 x 4 x 6cm
Weight: 500g
Keys: 20
Country of manufacture: Germany
Player level: Beginner
Features: Button keys
Year of manufacture: Unknown

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    I really love this little guy. I have taken it apart (mainly to clean it), and although I only have one other Melodica to compare it to, I have extensive experience with Harmonicas (including reed work and other custom modification), and to my eye, the build quality of this Melodica is excellent. The gaps were all set very well, the sizing of the reed slots were very tight, and the instrument thus produces a really nice tight focused sound (contra to my modern “Student 32″, which I assume was made in China from the quality of the reeds and reedplates, and which consequently produces a very “airy” tone). The only negative I could find about this vintage Melodica was that the gasket was not really fully airtight anymore, and one of the screw holes for the back plate was stripped because it’s just a hole in the plastic body with a “wood” screw, not a machine screw into a properly tapped hole. I expected some of that, and I think I can fix it with a tiny dab of epoxy in the stripped screw hole to give the screw something to bite onto. rnThe "Buttons" have a good response, although it would be hard to do glissando's on this type of keyboard. I like them, however, because I have fat fingers, and sometimes have trouble with a normal keyboard (especially when I can only barely see it out of my peripheral vision). I've found it very easy to play this little Melodica. I've been told that the range of this Melodica overlaps with that of the Hohner "Soprano", not the "Alto", but I cannot confirm that. In any case, it has really great, clear, focused, tone, and both single notes and chords sound loud and strong. The only reason I don't give it five stars is because the range is very limited. If one was looking between this guy and an Alto/Soprano at the same price, probably the Alto or Soprano would be the way to go.

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