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Hohner 542 Golden Melody Harmonica 

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Overview
  • 10-hole diatonic
  • Standard (Richter) tuning
  • Reeds: 20
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      • 10-hole diatonic
      • Standard (Richter) tuning
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      Hohner542 Golden Melody Harmonica
       
      4.7

      (based on 28 reviews)

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      • 5 Stars

         

        (24)

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      100%

      of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

      Pros

      • Good audio (17)
      • Easy to play (14)
      • Quality craftsmanship (14)
      • Warm tone (13)
      • Consistent (11)

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Small venues (10)
        • Accompaniment (9)
          • Reviewer Profile:
          • Experienced (7), Novice (6), 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

        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

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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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                    4.0

                    Consistent Sound

                    By Uncle Dog

                    from Kalispell, Mt.

                    About Me Experienced

                    Pros

                    • Consistent

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Small Venues

                      Comments about Hohner 542 Golden Melody Harmonica:

                      I have been playing the golden melody for a couple of years and they are a good harp!....I wore out the reeds on my D harp after many gigs playing very hard....the harp can take the blows and hold its sound...a reasonably priced
                      Harp with consistent sound!

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                      5.0

                      Nice Harp

                      By Ken

                      from Buffalo NY

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                      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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                      5.0

                      The "Golden Melody" is great harp.

                      By C.P.

                      from Maryville TN

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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

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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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