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Hohner 542 Golden Melody Harmonica
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Hohner 542 Golden Melody Harmonica

10 holes, 20 reeds.

The classic curve of this harmonica makes it especially easy-to-hold. This model offers a strong, full-bodied sound. Chrome-plated covers fit securely over a plastic comb for airtight playing. Comes in a hinged plastic box.

Attractively styled model, fifties-look, with full length covers, closed at the sides. The Golden Melody is the only Hohner Richter harp featuring equal tempered tuning (12TET) which makes it especially suitable for jazz and melody playing.

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 Hohner 542 Golden Melody Harmonica  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 Hohner 542 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.

  • 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
4 Product Reviews - Average rating 3.4 / 5 (Show All)

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Decent harp

- 2010-10-08

Fits great in the hand. The reed plates protrude a bit much for my liking so I filed them down. Brighter sound than a SP20.

Great Harp

- 2010-09-14

The Golden melody is, for the money, the best all-round harp I've ever played. It may not please some straight blues guys (perhaps because of the perceived coldness of the even-tempered tuning), but if you're into versatility, this harp has it. Nice easy,...

One mellow sounding harp

- 2010-02-24

The Golden Melody does everything well. It bends easily and has a nice mellow tone. It plays easily and has a nice feel in the hand and in the mouth.
About the only improvement would be to bring back a wood comb version (as an option). The plastic is sta...

Golden Melody

- 2010-01-12

I decided to restart playing the harmonica after a 25 year layoff. Since the early fall I have purchased a Special 20, Blues Session, Suzuki Promaster and now a Golden Melody. So far, I am most impressed with the Special 20, and Blues Session. I find the...

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