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Hohner 542 Golden Melody Harmonica Bb 

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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...Read More

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OVERVIEW

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.

Choose your desired key!

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

Play distinct country melodies or bring down the house bending blues notes with this curvy harmonica when you order today.

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Hohner542 Golden Melody Harmonica
 
4.7

(based on 32 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (20)
  • Easy to play (18)
  • Quality craftsmanship (17)
  • Warm tone (14)
  • Consistent (13)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Small venues (11)
    • Accompaniment (9)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (9), Novice (7), Professional musician (5)

    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

    Love the curve!

    By Bill P

    from Sarasota, FL

    Pros

    • Easy To Play
    • Rich Sound
    • Warm Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Hohner 542 Golden Melody Harmonica:

        I've struggled with hand placement on the Special 20. The Golden Melody solves the problem. Very airtight, also.

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        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.

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          5.0

          It's worth the money,

          By Henrique

          from Brazil

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Hohner 542 Golden Melody Harmonica:

              It's all you can expect from a good harmonica.

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              5.0

              Golden purchase

              By Mom of triplets

              from Central Illinois

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Easy To Play
              • Quality Craftsmanship

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Annoying My Sister

                Comments about Hohner 542 Golden Melody Harmonica:

                Excellent product as well as service from Musician's Friend. Order received quickly and in good condition at a great price. I will be back for more! (This was a gift for my son and he was thrilled!)

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                5.0

                Great harp

                By buck

                from High Point, NC

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Hohner 542 Golden Melody Harmonica:

                    Blows easy, great sound. Good dynamic range--easy to get very loud or very soft. If it's good enough for Howard Levy, it's good enough for me :)

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                    5.0

                    COMFORTABLE TO PLAY

                    By Happy Camper

                    from U.S.A.

                    About Me Novice

                    Pros

                    • Comfortable Round Edges
                    • Cover Removable Screws
                    • Easy To Play
                    • Good So Far Key Of A
                    • Key Of A Easier To Blow
                    • Plastic Comb
                    • Quality Craftsmanship
                    • Rich Sound
                    • Rounded Edges For Lips
                    • Warm Tone

                    Cons

                    • Somewhat Overpriced

                    Best Uses

                    • Good For Beginners

                    Comments about Hohner 542 Golden Melody Harmonica:

                    Golden Melody KEY OF A is definitely easier to play than the Marine Band harmonica key of C: Golden Melody easier on the mouth, nice ROUNDED EDGES and easier blow/draw on 2nd note. Have Marine Band key C purchased many yrs ago for beginner lessons but like the lower sound of this key of A. (imho if you have musical experience you may likely handle learning in any key.) It will take a while to judge how good/easy it is to bend/overblow for playing blues playing. [novice on harmonica]

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                    5.0

                    Great sounding harp,

                    By Kenny 58

                    from Fort worth Texas

                    About Me Experienced

                    Pros

                    • Rich Sound

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Small Venues

                      Comments about Hohner 542 Golden Melody Harmonica:

                      I'm very pleased with this Hohner, Does everything I want it to do. Very sweet tone and the plastic comb is easy on the lips.

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                      5.0

                      Insight for Rack players only

                      By Bad Penny Anderson

                      from York, PA

                      About Me Professional Musician

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                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Small Venues

                        Comments about Hohner 542 Golden Melody Harmonica:

                        One thing I forgot to mention in my previous review. If you play a rack like Jimmy Reed or Bob Dylan having the Godlen Melody for your favorite key is a real help.

                        I play mainly cross harp and therefore use the A for songs in E. I play in E more than other keys but I do play in many other keys. One of the dangers in playing rack harp is using the wrong harp. It is hard for me to look down at the rack and tell which hamronica is there UNLESS the color differs at the holes. The Golden Melody is red and most others are black. Therefore I use the Golden Melody exclusively for the key of A or cross harp E. Then I can look down and know that it is the right one for the key of E because it is red instead of black at the holes. This sounds odd until you do a lot of gigs where you change keys for songs but sometimes forget which harp you have on the rack until you start palying and you know it is wring too late. It saves one from having to pull out the harp time after time.

                        If you don't play the rack then this review will not help you at all. See my previous reveiw. I have said other things in the other review.

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                        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.

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                          5.0

                          Hohner Harmonicas are #1

                          By Billy Bulldogs

                          from L.I.NY.

                          About Me Experienced

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

                            Comments about Hohner 542 Golden Melody Harmonica:

                            Great Harp!

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