4 Best Melodicas 2018
Melodica, also known as a key harmonica, or blow organ, is a keyboard-like instrument that uses a vibrating reed in a keyboard shell. The keys are laid out in standard piano notation, and when pressed, allow for air to pass through that specific note. This unique combination of a reed instrument and a keyboard make the melodica a fun, and easy to learn instrument. But not all melodicas are the same, which is why wrote this guide to the 4 Best Melodicas 2018.
Below you can find some of our favorite picks such as the budget-friendly “Best Buy ♥“, and our high-quality “Best of the Best ♠” model. Because music is important to you, and because you’ll be spending a large amount of time using and practicing with your melodica of choice it’s critical you get the right advice. So take some time to digest the information below.
For a quick overview, below is our list of the best melodicas. For more in-depth information, scroll below.
Key Features to Look for in the Best Melodicas
As a side note, some melodicas will feature add ons that come included in your purchase. Although these are always a nice benefit, they should not come before your preference of tone or budget, which should always come first when purchasing any instrument
These Add Ons can include: additional mouth pieces, gig bags for the melodicas, and cleaning equipment.
♥ Best Buy Award
The modern form of the melodica was invented by Hohner, so it should come as no surprise that the Hohner 32B receives our “Best Buy” Award.
The Hohner 32B is a 32-key melodica with over two and a half full octaves at a soprano level. Because of its great quality, but at a fair price, the 32B is a perfect choice for both beginners AND advanced players. Additional features include a gig bag, smooth action, and a good volume level.
In terms of price vs. quality, you can find no better than the Hohner 32B.
The Suzuki M-37C screams quality, earning our “Best of the Best” award.
A rich tone, larger keys for comfort, 3 mouth pieces, and a beautiful gig-bag set the M-37C in a league of its own. Ranging from F3 to F6 give the M-37C a range of three full octaves. It’s also important to note that the material build quality is noticeably higher quality than the rest of the melodicas on the list.
A warm tone, high build quality, strong tuning, and great action earn the M-37C our “Best of the Best” award.*
*However, if the price tag is slightly high for your budget, consider the Yamaha P37D as an alternative high-end choice, which is at a cheaper price point. We’ve listed the Yamaha P37D on our list below.
At about $20, the Andoer 32 is the cheapest melodica on the list. Features include: 32 keys, 2 mouth pieces, a soft gig bag, and comes in either blue or pink. The tone of the Andoer 32 is actually somewhat surprising for its price point, but keep in mind it won’t rival higher-end models. However, the Andoer 32 is certainly one of the best melodicas on the lower-end.
We were torn between giving the Yamaha P37D our “Best Buy” award AND the “Best of the Best” award. On one hand the P37D has a great value, on the other hand, the P37D is high quality. Ultimately, we designated those rewards to the 32B and the M-37C respectively, but we still believe the Yamaha P37D has a great mid-range balance between the two.
Features include: 37 keys, 2 mouth pieces, a hard case, and solid tuning. It’s also worth noting that the Yamaha P37D is our loudest melodica on our list, which is often important to performers, or musicians who plan to jam with others.
All in all a beautifully balanced instrument, and one of the best melodicas for sale.