Suzuki Study 32

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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: Study 32
Reed type: Multi reed plates, phosphor bronze
Dimensions: 18.5 x 7 x 2.5 inches
Weight: 600g (case: 540g)
Keys: 32
Country of manufacture: Unknown
Player level: Beginner
Mouthpiece: 2 types (MP-121, MP-113)
Year of manufacture: Unknown

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    Alan Brinton

    The STUDY-32 has one outstanding quality, for which it is worth owning. It is exceedingly easy to bend notes on. If you're having trouble learning how to bend notes, get a STUDY-32. In other respects and in comparison with the M series Suzukis, it is a three star melodica. It's very easy to blow, but it does not handle moisture well, and it vents poorly. After an hour or so of playing, It usually seems out of tune and almost unplayable for me. But it's easy to get unusual sounds out of the STUDY-32, and when it's playing well it actually has a pretty good harmonica-like sound. Strange, finicky melodica: sometimes notes fail, but I discovered that by sucking air on a choked note on this particular melodica, I can somehow unchoke it. The price seems to jump around quite a bit on Amazon. I bought mine when it was bottomed out at about $30, and because of its unique qualities, a couple of weeks later I ordered another one. I keep worrying that what I'm doing with it will destroy the reeds. The next day it was at $49. Compared with the Suzuki M-32C, the STUDY-32 looks, feels, and at times sounds like a piece of junk. But sometimes I'm able to get in a zone with it and get real pretty and unusual sounds. Comparables would include the Hohner Student 32 and the Hohner Instructor 32, which are probably better, more predictable entry level instruments but less interesting. I ordered a Hohner 32-B at $26 and received the Hohner Instructor 32, same thing I guess. If you have better melodicas and are looking for something interesting to play with, the Suzuki STUDY-32 might tickle your fancy.

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