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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.

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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
 
4.8

(based on 45 reviews)

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    (39)

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    (3)

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Pros

  • Good audio (31)
  • Easy to play (30)
  • Quality craftsmanship (29)
  • Consistent (25)
  • Warm tone (25)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Small venues (19)
  • Accompaniment (17)
  • Soundtracks (5)
  • Symphonies (4)
  • Jazz clubs (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (16), Novice (12), Professional musician (6)

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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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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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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Easier to play

By Moto Man

from Eastern Oregon

About Me Novice

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Pros

  • Consistent
  • Easy To Play
  • Quality Craftsmanship

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Accompaniment
    • Play for yourself
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Hohner 542 Golden Melody Harmonica:

    I have three of these in the key of C,G, and D. These fit my hands better and seem easier to play. The tone is not as warm as I would like but maybe that is my lack of experience. I haven't had to take these apart and clean them. The higher notes are easier to get right. This is the harp I prefer.

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    5.0

    yes

    By Tommy

    from 22539

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    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:

      super !

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great products and customer service

      By TB

      from Pittsburgh PA

      About Me Novice

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      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Quality Craftsmanship
      • Warm Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Hohner 542 Golden Melody Harmonica:

          Super bluesy sounds

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          4.0

          Thinking about purchasing full set of keys

          By Scott Thornton

          from Ames, Iowa

          About Me Novice

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          Pros

          • Easy To Play
          • Quality Craftsmanship
          • Rich Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Hohner 542 Golden Melody Harmonica:

              I'm a beginner but have tried several different brands of harmonicas. I have also done reed adjustments on my harmonicas with good success in getting them to play better.

              With that said, I really like the feel and clear tone of the Golden Melody. It does have a brighter sound compared to my other harps, but this is a personal preference so you would have to judge for yourself. I bought just a C harp to see if I like the GM and am now thinking about purchasing the full range of keys.

              Compared to the harps I've purchased so far, the GM was the easiest to play out of the box for bending and the notes were all the closest in tune. I also like how the cover plates seal the sides and have a center back support built in.

              I would recommend the GM. Very nice instrument.

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              5.0

              Awesome Harmonica!

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              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.

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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Perfect pitch and tone! Excellent QUALITY! Progressive!

                By J Breezy

                from WPB, FL

                About Me Professional Musician

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Accompaniment
                  • Jamming our to Neil Young, Blues Traveler
                  • Small Venues
                  • Soundtracks
                  • Symphonies

                  Comments about Hohner 542 Golden Melody Harmonica:

                  I bought two! One for me and one to teach my five year old son, Elijah! Both tested PERFECT out of the box! Excellent build quality! High Quality Control, High Quality sound!

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                  (5 of 5 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.

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                    (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!!!!

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                    (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

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                        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.

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                        (3 of 4 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

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