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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
  • A unique Hohner sound that is a tone benchmark for blues, folk, and rock
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Hohner542 Golden Melody Harmonica
 
4.6

(based on 51 reviews)

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    (2)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (35)
  • Easy to play (33)
  • Quality craftsmanship (32)
  • Warm tone (29)
  • Consistent (28)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Small venues (22)
  • Accompaniment (21)
  • Soundtracks (6)
  • Symphonies (4)
  • Jazz clubs (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (21), 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.

    (9 of 9 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 12 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.

    (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

    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.

      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Can't beat it for price

      By Like Hohner again

      from Fresno, CA

      About Me Experienced

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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!!!

        (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Golden Melody harmonica

        By Wayne Noah

        from San Diego

        Comments about Hohner 542 Golden Melody Harmonica:

        Easeist harmonica to play

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Mellow Tone

        By Jimmy J

        from Way Up North

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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:

          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!

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Awesome Harmonica!

          By Stringtight

          from Winchester, Tn.

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Hohner 542 Golden Melody Harmonica:

            Hi, I'm a 50+ Year Guitar Player, Song Writer, Singer, and have played a few Harmonicas over the Years, But this Hohner Golden Melody is a pure Pleasure to Hold and to Play, the lines are Smooth, no rough edges, The Sound is Rich and Warm. The Play is as Easy as breathing great Product. I recommend this Harmonica and Will buy other of this Style again soon. The Shipping was fast and packaged very well.

            (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Delivery

            By Cowboy Kevin

            from Carver, Ma.

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • Accompaniment
            • Band With Amplification
            • Calm The Livestock
            • Harmonize With The Dog
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Hohner 542 Golden Melody Harmonica:

            I ordered on Mon., paid 2 days shipping and had the package on my doorstep Wed. The 'A' harp had a loose cover screw. It's factual... I have a screw loose.... The case was in a box with bubble wrap and that was in a larger box stuffed with crumpled brown wrapping paper. Excellent packaging. I will be playing Thurs. My last Thurs. and Sat. gigs left me feeling naked without them. I dislike thieves... The sympathetic email response is why I chose MUSICIAN'S FRIEND for purchasing!!!!

            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Good all-around product.

            By Larry

            from Columbia, SC

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Hohner 542 Golden Melody Harmonica:

                I play everything from blues to bluegrass; it's a very versatile harp, and I have several. This one to replace one that was worn out (I guess). I haven't used anything else since I bought my first one years ago.

                (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                I would buy again my next 1 is G

                By harmonica bear

                from north pole,Ak

                About Me Novice

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Hohner 542 Golden Melody Harmonica:

                    this Hohner golden melody harmonica in the key of C is my favorite out of all the one's i own but i like all my harmonicas i have only been playing harmonica for a few mounts now and i in joy it a lot keep up the good work Hohner company

                    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    EASY

                    By ROY

                    from Menifee CA

                    About Me Novice

                    Pros

                    • Best One Yet Loud
                    • Consistent
                    • Easy To Play
                    • Quality Craftsmanship
                    • Rich Sound

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Entertaining Kids-adults
                      • Small Venues

                      Comments about Hohner 542 Golden Melody Harmonica:

                      With my lower lung capacity this harmonica should be classified as a lung medical aid. Easy to blow and draw and create your own style of tunes. Best one I have owned yet and the price very inexpensive.

                      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Golden Melody in the Key of A

                      By Bad Penny Anderson

                      from York, PA

                      About Me Professional Musician

                      Pros

                      • Consistent
                      • Long Lasting
                      • Quality Craftsmanship
                      • Rich Sound
                      • Warm Tone

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Accompaniment
                        • Blues
                        • Country
                        • Racked
                        • Small Venues

                        Comments about Hohner 542 Golden Melody Harmonica:

                        I have played harp for about 50 years. I had played all of the Hohner diatonic harps except this one up until a few months ago. It was advertised as not being for blues and therefore I avoided it. I play a lot of blues and bend notes alot. The Blues harp is designed to bend too easily in MHO. Because then it wears out quickly. This one is not easy to bend for a beginner but it bends wonderfully. The major benefit is that it lasts a longer time. I have only played the A (which I play largely as a cross harp for the key of E). I cannot believe the way it is holding up. The Special 20 holds up well but this does much better at least in this key. I highly recommend this harp.

                        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        3.0

                        Likes and dislikes, but will try again.

                        By djzl

                        from Ky and Fla.

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                        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.

                          (4 of 4 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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