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Overview

  • 10-hole diatonic
  • Standard (Richter) tuning
  • Reeds: 20
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      Hohner542 Golden Melody Harmonica
       
      4.6

      (based on 21 reviews)

      Ratings Distribution

      • 5 Stars

         

        (18)

      • 4 Stars

         

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      • 3 Stars

         

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        (1)

      100%

      of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

      Pros

      • Good audio (11)
      • Easy to play (10)
      • Quality craftsmanship (9)
      • Warm tone (9)
      • Consistent (6)

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Accompaniment (7)
        • Small venues (5)
          • Reviewer Profile:
          • Novice (5), Experienced (3), Professional musician (3)

        Most Liked Positive Review

         

        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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        Consider the Price

        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...Read complete review

        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.

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        5.0

        Nice Harp

        By Ken

        from Buffalo NY

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • A Solid Well Built Harp
        • Consistent
        • Easy To Play
        • Quality Craftsmanship
        • Rich Sound
        • Warm Tone

        Cons

        • None That I Can Find

        Best Uses

        • Accompaniment
        • Harp Solos
        • Soundtracks

        Comments about Hohner 542 Golden Melody Harmonica:

        A nice piece of work by the company that took harmonica building to the forefront of the industry.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        The "Golden Melody" is great harp.

        By C.P.

        from Maryville TN

        About Me Professional Musician

        Ask me a question

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Accompaniment
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Hohner 542 Golden Melody Harmonica:

          I love the shape of the Golden Melody. When cupping your hand around it to make an air tight sound chamber it has such a great feel and tone. I have played Golden Melody harps for many years and will always have several in my harp box. I play Gospel music and they are great for the melody parts of the songs as well as playing back up. Bending is much easier on a Golden Melody.

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          5.0

          Worth Every Penny

          By Hobbit21

          from Waynesboro, PA

          About Me Novice

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Accompaniment
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Hohner 542 Golden Melody Harmonica:

            Great sound and tone. Unique shape and easy to hold. Airtight! Worth every penny!

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            5.0

            Sweet tone

            By Dr.Mezmo

            from San Francisco, ca

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Hohner 542 Golden Melody Harmonica:

                I wanted to start playing harmonica just for the ease of having an instrument in my pocket. I like a lot of people bought a blues harp the tone was to brassy for me so I didn't practice as much as I should have. I decided to try this harp based on reviews all I can say is I love the tone of this it's kinda mellow. I love playing now.

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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                Likes and dislikes, but will try again.

                By djzl

                from Ky and Fla.

                About Me Novice

                Pros

                • Easy To Play
                • Rich Sound
                • Warm Tone

                Cons

                • Inconsistent
                • Requires Adjustment Often

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Hohner 542 Golden Melody Harmonica:

                  I've been playing the harmonica for about 3 years now and got introduced in the Golden Melody about a year ago. I liked the sound and the ease of playing so much that I bought it in the Key's of A, C, D, F, and G. My complaint is that the reeds malfunction and need cleaning and adjustment quite often, especially after bending. In fact I'm ordering a new D and G right now, after about 6 months use. Hope they last longer this time, as I do love the ease and sound.

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                  5.0

                  Superior Quality

                  By Music Lover

                  from Hialeah, Florida

                  About Me Novice

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                  Pros

                  • Easy To Play
                  • Quality Craftsmanship
                  • Rich Sound

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Accompaniment

                    Comments about Hohner 542 Golden Melody Harmonica:

                    Superior workmanship of the harmonica, sounds great and I highly recommend this product for beginners.

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                    (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    so far so good

                    By Missy

                    from Columbus, ohio

                    About Me Novice

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Play
                    • Rich Sound
                    • Warm Tone

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Hohner 542 Golden Melody Harmonica:

                        Easy to play

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                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Best harp that i have played

                        By bill rei the harp guy

                        from kirkland, wa.

                        About Me Experienced

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Accompaniment

                          Comments about Hohner 542 Golden Melody Harmonica:

                          A larger harp that fits well in your hands; easy to hang on to when it gets hot & sweaty. It won't tear up your lips and tongue when playing for long periods.I find it to be perfect for blues(Junior Wells' style)Great sound right out of the box (and very loud)for those who don't have time for break in. Don't waste your money on more expensive harps like I did. Get a Golden Melody

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                          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Mellow Tone

                          By Jimmyjuju

                          from Way up north

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                          Ask me a question

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Accompaniment
                            • Small Venues

                            Comments about Hohner 542 Golden Melody Harmonica:

                            I really like the sweet, mellow tone of this Hohner. It feels good in the hands due to the shape, and the design is easy on the mouth. I like everything about it except that my particular harp is not that accurately tuned. It's not horribly off, but it could be better. The plastic box protects the instrument, and is quite functional. The price is a little steep, but then again, harmonicas are expensive these days (I remember buying them in the music store for just a fraction of the current cost). The comb is plastic, and the covers screw on, which makes maintenance easier than on a Marine Band. This is a really fine harmonica, and one of my favorites. Highly recommended!

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                            (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Nice tone, versatile, good price

                            By grizmom

                            from Sebring, OH

                            About Me Novice

                            Verified Buyer

                            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.

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