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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... Click To Read More About This Product

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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.

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
Warranty
MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
90 day warranty on concertinas.
2 year warranty on microphones.
Contact manufacturer for harmonica warranty information.


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Hohner542 Golden Melody Harmonica
 
4.5

(based on 11 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (5)
  • Easy to play (4)
  • Quality craftsmanship (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

No Best Uses
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Novice (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Beautiful

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...Read complete review

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

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Contradictions

Don't expect to get a playable harmonica straight out of the box. I bought a set of the Golden Melody harmonicas in the keys of G A B C D and E. They all...Read complete review

Don't expect to get a playable harmonica straight out of the box. I bought a set of the Golden Melody harmonicas in the keys of G A B C D and E. They all needed gapping adjustments. But my biggest disappointment was with how uncomfortable they were due to the reed plates extending too far (by contrast my Special 20's have a soft plastic ledge and my Blue Midnights only have a little of the reed plate protruding). I ending up spending hours hand filing the plates to be more flush with the plastic mouth holes (I would instead recommend repositioning the reed plates which would require modification to the comb screw holes). I feel that Hohner should have made the comb extend out more, and can't understand why they didn't do so. In messing around with trying to soften the mouth hole edges, I discovered that the plastic used is extremely crumbly and seems to emit a foul odor. The crumbly plastc might have good acoustical qualities but it's quite weak.

On the plus side, the rounded ends of the harmonica feel good against the lips. The sound is full and sweetness. The reed plates don't seem to be consistently aligned with each other but at least, unlike Hohner's Blue Midnights, there's ample screws holding down the reed plates. If you have the ability and time to fuss around with its shortcomings, the Golden Melody will ultimately be one you can enjoy.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Golden for melodies, great for Blues and Boogie

By Jay the Nightbird

from Crdar Rapids, IA

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Easy To Play
  • Quality Craftsmanship
  • Rich Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Accompaniment
    • Jazz Clubs
    • Small Venues
    • Soundtracks
    • Symphonies

    Comments about Hohner 542 Golden Melody Harmonica:

    The Hohner Golden Melody was designed for melodic playing, not so much for chords, but I've never had any trouble wailing the Blues with it. The rounded sides make it perfect for cupping in your hands with a bullet mic, and, contrary to what I was told, the work just fine in a harp rack. If you doubt that this Classical and Jazz favorite harmonica can Boogie, consider this: The late-great Blues-whooping legend Sonny Terry played Golden Melody harps exclusively during his final couple of decades. From Sonny Terry to Howard Levy... need I say more, grasshopper?

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great harmonica.

    By ElseIf

    from Earth

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Easy To Play
    • Quality Craftsmanship
    • Rich Sound
    • Warm Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Hohner 542 Golden Melody Harmonica:

        I play it

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Nice One

        By Dude

        from Bellingham, Wa

        About Me Novice

        Pros

        • Easy To Play
        • Quality Craftsmanship
        • Rich Sound
        • Warm Tone

        Cons

        • Plate metal protrudes too much

        Best Uses

          Comments about Hohner 542 Golden Melody Harmonica:

          All harmonicas, including Golden Melody, require reed adjustments and that's simply a matter of making the gap bigger or smaller. Both blow and draw reeds need to be adjusted together. My biggest complaint about the Golden Melodies is that the reed plates extend too far into the mouth. Remove the covers (quite easy compared to the Special 20's which are are a super pain to reinstall), and file down and round out the protruding plate. Leave enough extention so that your lips can still grip it. After filing, scrape the edge to make it smooth. Metal feels better than plastic, which makes these harmonicas nicer than the Special 20's. By the way, the Golden Melodies have as good and bluesy sound as the Special 20's or Blue Midnights.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Nice Sound!

          By Carol

          from CA

          About Me Child

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Hohner 542 Golden Melody Harmonica:

          I purchased this twice for my daughter and granddaughter. I wanted a nice sound without the sharp edges of a toy. They love it.

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Contradictions

          By dude

          from bellingham

          About Me Novice

          See all my reviews

          Pros

          • Rich Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Hohner 542 Golden Melody Harmonica:

              Don't expect to get a playable harmonica straight out of the box. I bought a set of the Golden Melody harmonicas in the keys of G A B C D and E. They all needed gapping adjustments. But my biggest disappointment was with how uncomfortable they were due to the reed plates extending too far (by contrast my Special 20's have a soft plastic ledge and my Blue Midnights only have a little of the reed plate protruding). I ending up spending hours hand filing the plates to be more flush with the plastic mouth holes (I would instead recommend repositioning the reed plates which would require modification to the comb screw holes). I feel that Hohner should have made the comb extend out more, and can't understand why they didn't do so. In messing around with trying to soften the mouth hole edges, I discovered that the plastic used is extremely crumbly and seems to emit a foul odor. The crumbly plastc might have good acoustical qualities but it's quite weak.

              On the plus side, the rounded ends of the harmonica feel good against the lips. The sound is full and sweetness. The reed plates don't seem to be consistently aligned with each other but at least, unlike Hohner's Blue Midnights, there's ample screws holding down the reed plates. If you have the ability and time to fuss around with its shortcomings, the Golden Melody will ultimately be one you can enjoy.

              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              A beautiful harmonica

              By Stephen the Bass Player

              from Detroit, MI

              About Me Novice

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Play
              • Rich Sound

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Hohner 542 Golden Melody Harmonica:

                  I checked everything when I got it just to be sure it worked as it is supposed to, and it was great. Has a beautiful sound I really like. I have a few others as well.

                  (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  I would buy another one

                  By wes

                  from Chicago

                  Comments about Hohner 542 Golden Melody Harmonica:

                  I really like the golden melody harmonica I take it every where I go it's a good harmonica I like the way it feels in my hands

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  These hang in there

                  By Balzypipes

                  from Milwaukie, Oregon

                  Comments about Hohner 542 Golden Melody Harmonica:

                  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!

                  (16 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Golden Melody Gives Golden Sounds

                  By BD

                  from Clearwater, FL

                  Comments about Hohner 542 Golden Melody Harmonica:

                  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.

                  (14 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  totally satisfied

                  By Matt Kelemen

                  from Las Vegas, NV

                  Comments about Hohner 542 Golden Melody Harmonica:

                  I've owned a Marine Band, Blues and a Special 20, and this is by far the best. Every notes rings true. Not best for bending, but very versatile. Classic design.

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