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Top 10 Best Melodicas in 2017 Reviews

Melody horn, Pianica, key harmonica or blow organ, however you decide to call it, a melodic is a free reed instrument that has a musical keyboard at the top and is usually played by blowing air into the mouth piece at the side of the instrument. When a key is pressed, the hole opens up and releases air through a reed usually, melodicas are light, portable and small instruments used to teach and play music. If you are thinking about buying a melodic for yourself or a person you know, there are several things you have to consider to ensure the melodic you buy will be effective for the user.

  • The first thing to consider is what you will be using the melodica you buy for. For instance if you are playing the melodic for fun, unless you are a perfectionist, the consistency of the sound it produces will not be important. However, if you plan on using your melodic for learning or in a band, you need to buy a melodic that produces the perfect sound. You will also want one that is easy to tune and that has so-und variations.
  • The second thing to consider is the type of melodic you need. There are five basic types of melodicas; soprano, accordina, alto, bass and tenor. Depending on the type you choose, you will have one that is high pitched and another that is lower pitched. Bass melodicas produce the lowest pitched notes and are the most expensive and biggest melodicas.
  • The other thing you need to consider seriously is the budget you have. How many melodicas do you want to buy? How much are you willing to spend on each? There are some great quality melodicas in the market today. Shopping however will require that you know which brands to buy from. With the right brand, you will be assured of quality, usable and affordable melodicas.

10. Yamaha P37D 37-Note Pianica Keyboard Wind Instrument

  • By: Yamaha
  • Item Weight: 3.1 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 2.5 x 7 inches

Made of high-quality material, this Yamaha melodic guarantees you durability and great sound. It can play a sound that is between clarinet and accordion which is a great variation of tune for player in a band. With this instrument, it is easy to get to the 11th key and you can reach the 12th if you can stretch. The keys spring easily much like they do on the electric piano. This is perfect for people who are used to the piano and are sceptical about using the melodic to produce tunes.

Pros

  • It is affordable compared to other melodicas in the market
  • It is a well-tuned melodica

Cons

  • It takes a lot of breath to play the lower tunes such as F3.

9. Hohner 32F 32-Key Piano-Style Fire Melodica, Red

  • By: HOHNER
  • Item Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 7.5 x 3 inches

If you have really strong lungs, you can play up to four chords at the same time on this instrument. Most people can only manage two or three chords at the same time. The instrument has great tuning. It is therefore suitable for seasoned musicians and students who want to train themselves to play excellent melodies. One can solo on the instrument because the chords are well balanced. It comes with a valve where you can let out moisture and spit after a practice session. The mouth piece can be rotated allowing you to play it at many different angles. The case is very compact and fits the melodic well although it doesn’t have enough space for any other instrument.

Pros

  • The case holds the melodic perfectly in place to avoid damage in case the case falls
  • One can play solo using the melodic
  • It can be played in many different angles

Cons

  • Most parts of the equipment are made of cheap plastic

8. Hohner AIRBOARD37 37 Key Airboard with Bag

 

  • By: HOHNER
  • Item Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 3 x 6 inches

This great instrument plays 37 keys and notes from f3 to f6. This gives a user a great range to use and get a tune that is perfect. It is a great melodic because it is powered by you. You will not need a cable to connect the instrument to a source of power, neither will you need batteries. The keys have more consistency and are easier to press and get sound from them. The back of the melodic has a black leather strap that is useful when using the melodic at certain angles.

Pros

  • The tuner and the pitch are near perfect
  • It can be used by musicians in bands and students
  • The keys are easy to press when playing

Cons

  • It does not come in a great color

7. Yamaha P37D 37-Key Pianica

  • By: Yamaha
  • Item Weight: 3.5 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 7.2 x 2.4 inches

Its bright color is not the only thing that should attract you to this melodica. It is also loud and has a very smooth and awesome tone. It comes fine tuned from the manufacturer allowing to it to play excellent tunes. It has a small mouth piece that allows the air blow into the instrument to go a long way in making it easy to play tunes. It is made of high quality materials and comes with a case that is hard. With this case, it is difficult to damage the melodic. It is lightweight and comfortable to play.

Pros

  • It is made in Japan and thus high-quality materials were used in its manufacture
  • The case and instrument are beautiful and eye catching

Cons

  • The valve doesn’t remove all the moisture

6. 37 Key Melodica

 

  • By: 32 Key Melodica
  • Item Weight: 3 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 6 x 6 inches

It comes with two mouth pieces which allow for stability when using different angles. The case is also strong and very protective assuring users that the melodic will not be damaged if dropped while in the case. The keys are close together because the instrument is built for people with smaller hands.

Pros

  • Two mouth pieces allow different playing angles
  • It is made from high-quality material making it affordable
  • For all the features it has, it is very affordable

Cons

  • People with big hands may find playing it difficult

5. Hohner Student Melodica

  • By: HOHNER
  • Item Weight: 
  • Product Dimensions: 

The name should not dictate the usage of this melodica. It has 32 key styles to ensure that it works better even for persons who are willing to advance their skills. Button beat cutter, MP3 playback full-function, and looping are some of its innovative features. The unit is portable and robust. This shows that even with limited space. The best thing about this instrument is that, it does not require any electrical connection, it comes with mouth piece hose extension.

Pros

  • It is played just like a piano
  • It is to learn and use
  • It acts as orchestral and solo instrument
  • It is ideal to play any chords and music style

Cons

  • The instrument reeds are of poor quality
  • It is not rightly tuned to produce effective music

4. Schoenhut C1010 – 37 Key Melodica

 

  • By: Schoenhut
  • Item Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 20.5 x 3 x 5.8 inches

For the love of music, you can play using this melodica within a short range of three octave and still get the pleasure of playing piano. The company behind this instrument is among the best company that makes all musical instrument and this is a guarantee that with this melodica, you will get 100% satisfaction. The 37 keys has a tonal range from F through. It’s a must have asset while traveling or camping.

Pros

  • Compared to other instruments it is affordable
  • Ideal for all age from 6 years upwards
  • Easy to use and learn
  • The volume depends on the number of keys you play at a go and the way you blow

Cons

  • If you have knowledge on piano, it may not match the skills you expect

3. Hurricane Harps S32 Student Melodica with Two Mouthpieces and Canvas Case

  • By: Hurricane Harps
  • Item Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 5.5 x 3 inches

Apart from woodwind instruments and harmonicas, hurricane harps have introduced 32 notes melodica, which is played by blowing air through a special designed mouthpiece. Its reeds are similar to that of the harmonica and it has the same type of keyboard just like the piano. Its an ideal instrument for students who are willing to acquire knowledge on instruments.

Pros

  • Its price is reasonable and budget friendly
  • Ideal to carry around due to its light weight
  • Very easy to use and play
  • When playing it gives the user lots of fun

Cons

  • If playing the traditional piano style, the mouthpiece tube may not meet the skills required
  • Its not in tune perfectly as expected

2 Hohner Performer 37 Key Melodica

 

  • By: HOHNER
  • Item Weight: 3 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 6 x 3 inches

When in the midst of playing other instruments, you can blend in the sweet keys from this melodica and still maintain the flow of the music whether you are playing rock or classical music. The reeds are made of durable bronze, which ensures that they do not lose their pitch. Its powerfully expressive, fascinating wind instrument and easy to learn.

Pros

  • Produces captivating and unique sounds
  • Inexpensive for the service it provides
  • Comes with a comfortable bag with adjustable straps

Cons

  • Its high volumes takes it off tune easily

1. Hohner 32B Piano-Style Melodica

  • By: HOHNER
  • Item Weight: 3 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 7.5 x 3 inches

Enjoy the pleasure of giving taste to the type of music you play and listen to. Its blends better with other instruments and improve the quality of music. Its captivating sounds bring a unique taste in the type of music you like. It is easy to use and learn. It is both orchestral and solo instrument.

Pros

  • It is compatible with other instruments
  • It is portable therefore you can take it with you anywhere
  • Species your music with its own personality
  • It is easy to tune, learn and play

Cons

  • Slightly expensive compared to another melodica

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