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Hohner 542 Golden Melody Harmonica
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      Hohner 542 Golden Melody Harmonica (584352)
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A smoothly curved, diatonic harp with a 1950's look that features equal-tempered tuning, making it ideal for playing melodies.

The Hohner Golden Melody harmonica has an attractive 1950s look thanks to its rounded shape and closed-sided, full-length covers. An especially airtight harmonica with a strong, full-bodied sound, the Golden Melody is the only Hohner diatonic harp with equal-tempered tuning, which makes it especially suitable for melody playing.

Curved cover plates extend the entire length of the Golden Melody harmonica, providing increased resonant capacity. With a comfortably curved shape, the Golden Melody harmonica's smooth, rounded corners fit nicely into the palms of your hands as you play. Hohner sets the Golden Melody harmonica's reeds close to the open-framed mouthpiece, so it responds to the subtlest of commands—making the Golden Melody perfect for overblowing as well as for bending. You'll find taht the Golden Melody's sound is unique in its class with a slightly different tuning that produces full, rich, melodic tone.

Although it's a favorite harmonica among gospel and hymn players on Sunday mornings, the Golden Melody can definitely hold its own in the blues bar the night before. The Hohner Golden Melody harmonica is a favorite of great harpists such as Pierre Lacocque of Mississippi Heat, jazz virtuoso Howard Levy, and Levy's renowned Cuban-Canadian student, Carlos Del Junco. Its unique design, coupled with an airtight, dark red, plastic body sets the 10-hole Golden Melody harmonica apart. Its equal-temperament tuning makes the Hohner Golden Melody a natural for country music. And there's no doubt that your Golden Melody is the harmonica that can bring down the house on blues and rock numbers.

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About Hohner:
Hohner is a family company founded in 1857 in Trossingen, Germany by Matthias Hohner. Hand-made quality and close attention to detail has set Hohner apart from the beginning. A top leading brand in harmonicas, Hohner harps are distributed worldwide. Hohner harmonicas are played on the street by buskers, in intimate nightclubs, on festival stages, and even in Carnegie Hall. Despite a diverse harmonica line used in music from country to classical genres, the most famous Hohner harmonicas are their simple, 10-hole diatonics used frequently by blues, rock, country, and folk musicians.

Hohner 542 Golden Melody Harmonica Features:

  • 10-hole diatonic
    Standard (Richter) tuning
    Reeds: 20
    Reedplates: brass; 0.9 mm
    Plastic, red comb
    Length: 10 cm

    Hohner harmonicas feature:
    Improved reed profiles to increase reed life by over 200%
    Precision die punches to ensure reed plates with unparalleled air tightness
    Improved tuning accuracy (through investment in innovative new tools)
    Extremely stable stainless steel covers that won't tarnish and are easy to clean
    Dynamic range and highest volume of most any commercially made harmonica
    Super-fast response at all volume levels
    Easily adjustability for overblows
    A unique Hohner sound that is a tone benchmark for blues, folk, and rock




Hohner 542 Golden Melody Harmonica

90 day warranty on concertinas.
2 year warranty on microphones.
Contact manufacturer for harmonica warranty information.

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  • These hang in there

    As reviewed by Balzypipes on 9/5/2011

    I play in a band and need to have harps in most all the keys. I've only played for 3 years so my approach to finding the best harp has been to buy a different type for each key. I've replaced many of those with still more different types so I feel like I have a grip on the different types of harps. I have Special 20's, Lee Oskars, Marine Bands, Suzukis, a Seydel, and a Golden Melody. For tone, I like the Marine Band and the Suzukis, but for easy of playing ... the Golden melody is super easy to play and man, does it hold up. Its one of the oldest harps in my case and it still plays great!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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  • Beautiful

    As reviewed by Elwood on 6/8/2010

    This is the most beautiful sounding harp I've ever played or heard. It's perfect for ballads and calm, beautiful melodies, though I wouldn't recommend it for playing blues. It's very well made and will last. It stays pretty and clean, and it won't wear out easily. Beautiful

    23 of 25 people found this review helpful.
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  • Golden Melody Gives Golden Sounds

    As reviewed by BD on 11/26/2010

    Normally I don't write reviews of products, however, when shopping for something I've come to rely on reviews. As such, this harp needs another opinion for others to read. I am not an experienced harp player. This is my first one, but I would not have chosen another. The sound is rich and full and it feels sturdy in my hands. Some reviews suggest it isn't great for bending, but I have learned how to on this harp and have not had any problems. I would recommend this instrument to someone in the market.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful.
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