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Hohner 542 Golden Melody Harmonica 

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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 airti...Click To Read More About This Product

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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.

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
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Hohner542 Golden Melody Harmonica
 
4.7

(based on 49 reviews)

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    (41)

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    (2)

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97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (33)
  • Easy to play (31)
  • Quality craftsmanship (30)
  • Warm tone (28)
  • Consistent (27)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Small venues (20)
  • Accompaniment (19)
  • Soundtracks (6)
  • Symphonies (4)
  • Jazz clubs (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (19), Novice (12), Professional musician (7)

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Great out the box harp

I teach harp and gig regularly and the Golden Melody is the latest in a long line of harps I've tried. I consider them to be consistently the best out the box, along with...Read complete review

I teach harp and gig regularly and the Golden Melody is the latest in a long line of harps I've tried. I consider them to be consistently the best out the box, along with Hohner Crossover. They are a great shape, very airtight, and seem to require the least adjustment out the box of any harps I've tried so far, I've bought harps 2x the price that have had greatly inferior quality control that I've had to set right. As proclaimed they are great for overblows, to the point i'm incorporating overblows much more into my style thanks to the Golden Melody. A minor drawback is they take a long time to break the reeds in, they can be very stiff to bend for the first few weeks, but if you treat them nice and gentle for that period the reeds seem to last forever.

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Surprisingly disappointed

I've been playing the harmonica for about 40 years now and was excited to play the golden melody again after 20 years or so. ( I was in the National Hohner Harmonica contest Richmond...Read complete review

I've been playing the harmonica for about 40 years now and was excited to play the golden melody again after 20 years or so. ( I was in the National Hohner Harmonica contest Richmond Va. 1987 ) Currently playing marine bands I saw a clip of someone playing the golden melody on you tube and I remember liking that harp back when. It's definitely made for my style of playing. I also like plastic over wood and it looks cool. I recently bought a set and was so disappointed. Every harp had an issue. Very weak draw notes on the 3-4-5. I was like a kid on Xmas morning so exited to open the box and find defects in all of them.

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(15 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Consider the Price

By Richard Pemble

from Orlando, Florida

Comments about Hohner 542 Golden Melody Harmonica:

I bought a few harmonicas, but I did not play any as much as I played my two Golden Melody harps in the key of A and D. The tone and flexability of play were truly wonderful.

However, over the years I've discovered some negative qualities that I feel may counter my praises. The reeds of these Golden Melody harmonicas tend to stick more often than my other harmonicas. When I first take them out of the package I always gently flex the reeds, and after playing regularly take apart my harmonicas to clean them.

On my Golden Melody harmonica in the key of A I found that the 5th draw reed became irreversibly jammed. First it dropped from playing it's G note to only playing a C#, and then it became completely unplayable. I tried to coax it loose, but found that I couldn't get it to play a note at all.

My primary complaint now that I retrurn to MF to order a new one is that I feel the price does not reflect the quality. I really want a new Golden Melody, but I don't want it to break down again.

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great out the box harp

By Lord Stompy

from Australia

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Pros

  • Consistent
  • Quality Craftsmanship
  • Rich Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Small Venues

    Comments about Hohner 542 Golden Melody Harmonica:

    I teach harp and gig regularly and the Golden Melody is the latest in a long line of harps I've tried. I consider them to be consistently the best out the box, along with Hohner Crossover. They are a great shape, very airtight, and seem to require the least adjustment out the box of any harps I've tried so far, I've bought harps 2x the price that have had greatly inferior quality control that I've had to set right. As proclaimed they are great for overblows, to the point i'm incorporating overblows much more into my style thanks to the Golden Melody. A minor drawback is they take a long time to break the reeds in, they can be very stiff to bend for the first few weeks, but if you treat them nice and gentle for that period the reeds seem to last forever.

    (9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Golden Melody

    By gene kinley

    from Arkansas

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    Comments about Hohner 542 Golden Melody Harmonica:

    Was concerned if I could still get the good bends in my blues playing with this harp like I could with a Special 20. Not dissapointed, it bends just as well with a smoother, cleaner sound on the individual notes with no overblow. Great harp, great compact feel to it, better construction, better sound, good bends and overblows, and plastic combs like the Special 20. As I wear out my remaining Special 20s, I will be replacing them with Golden Melody's.
    Great shape and easier to take apart, clean, and reassemble.
    Great sound. A little more resonance than the Special 20.
    Fair price for a quality product.

    (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Golden melody key of A

    By gene kinley

    from Arkansas

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    Comments about Hohner 542 Golden Melody Harmonica:

    Great harp, good tone and sound for single notes, still very bendable for blues, great sound on overblues. Still has easy to maintain and dependable plastic comb like the special 20. I love the sound and performance of this harp as well as the price. As I need new harps I am buying golden melodys to replace special 20s, wish I also like very much. The golden melodys just have a deeper, richer, and fuller sound as well as a unique shape and ergonomics that natural cups well in your hands even while holding a mic. Great harp for the price.

    (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Best of All I've Played

    By Big D-r7Wwn

    from W. Illinois

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    Comments about Hohner 542 Golden Melody Harmonica:

    Over the years I've tried almost every pro level harp, and when I saw Jason Ricci had a case filled with Golden Melodies I bought some. It's my new favorite. Great shape, great smooth sound. I'm switching from Special 20s & Lee Oscars.

    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Nice tone, versatile, good price

    By grizmom

    from Sebring, OH

    About Me Novice

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Accompaniment
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Hohner 542 Golden Melody Harmonica:

      Purchased as a gift for a musical savant who has the ability to pick up & play any instrument cold! He sounded like a professional within 45 minutes of playing with this particular model. Adapts well to any genre. Definitely would recommend to other's who may be looking for a reasonably priced gift in similar situations.

      (7 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      CharlieP

      By CHARLES PATTRIDGE

      from Wonewoc, WI

      Comments about Hohner 542 Golden Melody Harmonica:

      Out of the box #3 would NOT draw on this model 542! Extremely disappointing as my Special 20`s have been great. Since I cannot return it, I gave it to my daughter as a learner.

      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Can't beat it for price

      By Like Hohner again

      from Fresno, CA

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Accompaniment

        Comments about Hohner 542 Golden Melody Harmonica:

        For the price this is a very consistent harp. Hohner has been putting out a great product for the past few years and for the money this harp can't be beat. I play a lot of different harmonicas including customs, I carry the Golden Melody in the keys that are rarely played and when those keys do come up I am often amazed at how good this harmonica plays.

        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Harp

        By Customer-mRTrU

        from Michigan

        Comments about Hohner 542 Golden Melody Harmonica:

        Hohner lists this as a Country/Western type harmonica, but it works great as a blues harp. It bends beautifully. However, when I got my two harmonicas (I got a D and a G), the G's 1 and 2 hole draw reeds were broken. However, I called Hohner and they completely refunded it, and I didn't even have to send it back! All in all, a great harp. I would recommend it to any aspiring harmonica player.

        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        This Harmonica is Awesome!!!!

        By Ethan Reynolds

        from Tennessee

        Comments about Hohner 542 Golden Melody Harmonica:

        The best Harmonica Experience I have had!!!
        The Curve of the body was perfect for my hands!!!!
        The sound quality is like no other Harmonica I've had!!!!
        Good price, for a good instrument!!!

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