Suzuki M-36

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The Suzuki corporation was established in 1953 in Hamamatsu, Japan. It has since grown into one of the world’s leading manufacturers of musical instruments for education.

Make: Suzuki
Model name: Melodion M-36
Reed type: Multi reed plates
Dimensions: Unknown
Weight: Unknown
Keys: 36
Country of manufacture: Unknown
Player level: Intermediate
Features: None
Year of manufacture: Unknown (discontinued)

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2 Reviews

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    Adam Tombs

    I have the first model of the M-36, which I am reliably informed was in production from 1962 to 1974. Its a very attractive instrument with a textured black metal body and black plastic endcaps. rnrnFirst impressions are very favourable. I would have to say this is one of the loudest melodicas I have ever played. It requires very little breath to play at good volume. rnI attribute this to the very pronounced vents that face the keyboard player if they were to play it with the tube supplied. I preferred to play it with the plastic faux metal finished mouthpiece, which looks to be identical to the ones furnished for later models.rnIt is in tune and has a great playing action on the keyboard. rnrnKeyboard has minor variations in key height but otherwise very high quality in the way it is constructed and the materials used in it's construction.rnI can only fault the length of the keys as being a little short. The width is fine for most people excepting those with really thick fingers.rnAll up a very nice example that I feel fortunate to own. It plays with very characterful tone, that lends itself to folk and reggae. I am sure in more talented hands it would be fantastic for jazz numbers too. I have no opportunity to compare it to the M-37 or the M-37 pro but I would imagine it would be very similar. rnIf you have the opportunity to get your hands on one of these you should do so!rnrnIn closing I offer the disclaimer, I am not a trained musician so my review is from the layperson point of view. I play guitar ukulele, Irish Whistle and Bodhran as well as djembes and other misc drums. My melodicas get played in Irish traditional music, reggae and ska numbers as solo or to accompany uke or guitar. I am enthusiastic about shiny things and practise everyday playing music for therapy.

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    Alan Brinton

    I have the M-36 featured in the lead photo, the next model after Adam's, as well as a later M-36 (with a missing reed) and the current M-37C, so that I have been able to make comparisons. Adam and I have been able to compare notes. My impression is that the whole M-36/37 series is consistent and very good. I like the 36 key models better than the 37s, because they are more compact. I concur with Adam's recommendation. rnrnI would like to add, though, based on recent experience with vintage Suzukis, they have not really changed all that much over the years. This is good news, since the early Suzuki Melodions were very good. But it means, in my opinion, that if you get a vintage Suzuki in good playing condition, it will not be all that much different from the excellent current metal tray models bearing the same numbers, though I would give a slight advantage to the 36 key models over the current 37s. From an aesthetic point of view, there's something to be said for the look and feel of a vintage model (and the thought that you are playing one), but the look and feel in this case are not very different.

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