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Best Melodica For The Money In 2019 – Top 10 Rated Reviews

The melodica is a free-reed instrument just like the pump organ and the harmonica. It has a standard keyboard on its top and is played by blowing air through the mouthpiece that is attached to a hole in the side of the instrument. When you press any key, the hole opens, which allows air to flow through a reed.

It is also known as a Melodion, Pianica, Pianetta, Clavietta as well as by other names.

When it comes to melodica, there’s a large number of choices from a wide range of brands. Therefore, choosing the best melodica for the money can be somewhat tricky. However, we’ve included everything that you need to know in this article.

We will therefore be showing you how to select a melodica, as well as, the three main factors you need to consider before buying one.

We’ve also rounded up the top ten best melodica for the money currently on the market. Between in-depth reviews of each one and our buying guide, we’re pretty sure it will be easy to decide which melodica is the best one for you.

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The 10 Best Melodica For The Money 2019 Reviews

NameSkillRangeKeysDimensionsWeightAccessories
Skill
Professional
Range
Alto
Keys
44
Dimensions
22 x 4 x 2 inches
Weight
3.31 pounds
Accessories
Care cloth, and nylon soft case with strap
Skill
PIntermediate
Range
Not specifie
Keys
37
Dimensions
2.17 x 4.33 x 18.5 inches
Weight
3.1 pounds
Accessories
Gig bag
Skill
Professional
Range
Not specifie
Keys
44
Dimensions
22.2 x 4.2 x 2 inches
Weight
3.31 pounds
Accessories
Not specified
Skill
Intermediate
Range
Not specifie
Keys
37
Dimensions
20.3 x 7.2 x 2.4 inches
Weight
3.53 pounds
Accessories
Gig bag
Skill
Intermediate
Range
Not specifie
Keys
37
Dimensions
22 x 3 x 6 inches
Weight
3.5pounds
Accessories
Padded carry bag/div>
Skill
Professional
Range
Alto
Keys
37
Dimensions
22 x 4 x 7 inches
Weight
4 pounds
Accessories
Carrying bag, 3 mouthpieces
Skill
Beginner
Range
Soprano/alto
Keys
32
Dimensions
20 x 7.5 x 3 inches
Weight
1.29 pounds
Accessories
Deluxe carrying case, mouthpiece, instructions
Skill
Beginner
Range
Soprano/alto
Keys
32
Dimensions
20 x 7.5 x 3 inches
Weight
2.65 pounds
Accessories
Deluxe carrying case, mouthpiece, instructions
Skill
Beginner
Range
Not specified
Keys
25
Dimensions
15.5 x 2.5 x 7.5 inches
Weight
2.45 pounds
Accessories
Mouthpiece and blowing pipe
Skill
Intermediate/Advanced Beginner
Range
Not specified
Keys
37
Dimensions
22 x 3 x 6 inches
Weight
2.34 pounds
Accessories
Gig bag with strap

1 Hammond Pro-44HP Melodica

In the world of harmonicas, Hammond is a genuinely reputable brand. This brand has etched its name in the hearts of many a professional musician thanks to its awesome melodicas. And these melodicas are easily some of the best in their class.

What better way to prove this point than with its Hammond Pro-44HP?

Now, this melodica does not come cheap. With a price tag nearly hitting the $500 mark, it’s obvious that this melodica is targeted at pros and advanced players.

Understandably, with the high price tag comes quality construction and a superb sound. It, therefore, will more than meet the expectations of the pro player.

This melodica rocks in nearly any setting! You can use it together with other instruments while recording a song. Or you could also use this in your band. However you choose to play it, this versatile melodica will match you note for note.

In terms of construction, it is a little heavy. But, you can count on its durability. It is one melodica that will undoubtedly see years of use and still look and sound good.

To help you care for your investment, Hammond provides a couple of useful products. We especially love the case the company includes with this melodica. It’s quite beautiful fair play. If you’re one to move around with your melodica regularly, this will keep your investment safe and well protected.

Finally, since this is a pricey instrument, we would only recommend it either as a long term investment or for professionals.

Hammond Pro-44HP Melodica
Our rating:4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)

Pros
  • Professional grade instrument.
  • Great intonation.
  • Superb sound quality.
  • Very well made with a highly durable construction.
Cons
  • One of the most expensive melodica on the market.
  • Would require some time to break it in.
  • A bit heavy.

2 Suzuki M-37C Melodion Melodica

The M-37C is another popular melodica, this time from Suzuki. It is made in Japan and comes with a lot of features we think you’ll enjoy.

Firstly, it’s reasonably priced, at least it’s a lot less expensive than the Hammond we’ve just reviewed. Nonetheless, it’s still a bit high end, at a price close to $100.

As a recommendation, we’d peg this as an intermediate melodica. So, people looking to upgrade from a budget instrument with advancing skill can check the M-37C out.

Suzuki boasts that this is so playable, that you don’t even need to have a prior exposure to a keyboard to be able to play it.

However, the keys on this melodica are a little narrow, so it makes playing it a little awkward. But only a little, because the M-37C is a popular instrument among school children in different parts of the world. So, if kids are playing this? How difficult can it really be?

In terms of sound quality, this melodica plays quite loudly which is good. But, even more importantly, it always stays in tune. And as you play the keys, they give a good response without giving that sticky feel of cheaper instruments.

With three different mouthpieces in the package, this melodica stands out from the rest. It comes with a brass mouthpiece, a tube, as well as a plastic mouthpiece.

As for construction, this is a solid piece. It’s a little on the heavy side, but it is quite durable which allows us to forgive the weight.

Apart from the mouthpeices, there is only one accessory with this instrument which is a gig bag. It is not exactly hard sided but it looks cool and should offer enough protection.

Suzuki M-37C Melodion Melodica
Our rating:4.7 out of 5 stars (4.7 / 5)

Pros
  • Easy and comfy to play.
  • Sturdy, high-quality construction.
  • Comes with 3 mouthpieces.
Cons
  • Keys are a little narrow.
  • This is not a beginner instrument.
  • A little on the heavy side.

3 Hammond 44 Acoustic-Electric Melodion

We have another melodica from the legendary Hammond. As mentioned earlier, this is a quality brand, so there should be no worry with this fine instrument.

There are slight differences between this melodica and the other Hammond we reviewed earlier though. So, without further ado, let’s get to them…

One thing that doesn’t change between this melodica and the last is the price range and audience. This melodica is pricey just like the other Hammond we reviewed. From the price range, therefore, we’d say this is another melodica for the pros and other advanced players.

One thing that makes this melodica stand out is the fact that it is an acoustic-electric instrument. This means that it can work with or without electricity. For those who have been hoping to get an electric melodica, this is your chance and a good one at that.

In design, this melodica looks great, and everyone who sees this would agree that it’s a nice instrument, no doubt. And to enhance its aesthetic appeal, Hammond introduced a metal strip next to the keyboard. You find this strip at the bottom and top of the melodica.

But here’s the problem, we’re not exactly sure this plan worked. That is, we’re not convinced it adds to the aesthetic appeal of this instrument.

But besides that little cosmetic slip, which may not appeal to some, this is a great melodica. It produces clear, rich sounds and it also stays very much in tune. Altogether, an awesome instrument!

Hammond 44 Acoustic-Electric Melodion
Our rating:4.1 out of 5 stars (4.1 / 5)

Pros
  • Electric melodica.
  • Professional grade instrument.
  • Produces clear, rich sounds.
Cons
  • Metal strip doesn’t exactly add to the looks of the instrument.
  • A bit pricey.

4 Yamaha P37D 37-Key Pianica

The Yamaha P37D is a mid-range instrument in terms of price. It comes from the legendary Japanese brand, Yamaha. And as such, we can already tell that this will be a good instrument. This is Yamaha’s first pianica in the US market, and we’re excited to be reviewing it. So, let’s check it out…

This is a truly beautiful pianica by the looks of it. The case included is also quite wonderful as well. So, altogether, this is a great package. It would also make an excellent gift choice for anyone you know who’s into the melodica.

The texture of this instrument is excellent which adds to the feel and look of the product. Some might call it a bit heavy. But we think you should be able to move this around pretty conveniently.

In performance, this pianica is fantastic. All the notes here are clear, full, and properly tuned. The sound gives this lovely feel of something between an accordion and a harmonica.

To help with your breath control, this comes with a valve. This way, your level of breath control is somewhat flexible. Plus, you’ll be able to clean the instrument a lot more easily.

It’s arguably one of the best melodicas in the market right now, especially at such a price.

Yamaha P37D 37-Key Pianica
Our rating:4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)

Pros
  • Projects loudly.
  • Comes with a spit valve for breath control and easy cleaning.
  • Sound comes somewhere between an accordion and a harmonica.
Cons
  • Some users have commented on the notes being a little sharp.

5 Hohner Airboard37 37Key Airboard

The Hohner Airboard37 is quite moderately priced especially for an instrument that’s powered by air. It’s also portable which makes it convenient to carry around. And the included gig bag? It’s lovely and padded and looks really cool.

Besides the bag, the melodica itself is also nicely designed. Instead of the regular black/white panel, this comes with a lovely print design on the borders of the instrument. It’s an instrument you’ll be proud to pull out for any public performance.

By the way, the print of the borders matches the print on the carry bag. Super cool!

You won’t be needing any cable with this, neither would you need to hook it up with your computer to get it to perform its best. Immediately you begin to blow into the mouthpiece, this starts to perform. Fortunately, the mouthpiece comes flexible which is great for your breath control.

You would love all the opportunities to explore that this melodica presents. The instrument is not shy to work with others. And you can easily mix this in with any musical instrument, like a ukulele, to obtain fantastic sound for your music performance or recording.

We love the airboard on this melodica as it enhances sound significantly. It makes the instrument sound unique and heightens your musical experience on the instrument. Sound is loud, the instrument stays in tune, and is also highly responsive.

Hohner Airboard37 37Key Airboard
Our rating:4.2 out of 5 stars (4.2 / 5)

Pros
  • Beautiful instrument.
  • Gig bag comes padded and looks cool.
  • With airboard, the sound quality is awesome and unique.
  • Easily blends in with other instruments.
  • Does not require power, wires, or a computer.
  • Flexible mouthpiece makes this convenient to use from any angle.
Cons
  • A couple of customers had some issues with the mouthpiece.

6 Suzuki PRO-37V2 Pro 37-Key Alto Melodion

This is our second Suzuki melodica on review and this time it’s in the upper echelons of price. Suzuki is a well-respected brand among melodica makers. Its instruments are in high demand and deliver on performance and quality.

As mentioned, this is somewhat pricey, although not as expensive as the Hammond melodicas we checked out before. Nonetheless, it’s a professional grade instrument in every respect of the word. From the price to the features, this is an instrument for those with advanced skills.

In the looks department, this alto melodica is outstanding. Everything looks luxurious from the finish to the detailing, to the layout. This comes in a lovely walnut finish to enhance its looks. And as if that’s not enough, the keys come in a striking ivory color.

The contrast of the ivory keys with the red key felt, and black body is glorious. And to ensure that your investment doesn’t just come beautiful but also stays beautiful, the makers have coated the body in vinyl.

If a premium looking instrument matters to you, but you can’t exactly afford to spend so much right now, then go for this. For such a decent price, we’ve got to say that Suzuki has made a stunning musical piece.

Now, besides looks and feel, this is an instrument with a vast variety of tones. These tones are beautiful and high end. You’ll find it easy and enjoyable transitioning from a soft woodwind feel to a powerful brass. The best part? You don’t even need to put in much effort.

This product comes with a leather carrying case which is quite cool. It’s high quality, will protect your investment, and will help you travel with this melodica with ease.

Suzuki PRO-37V2 Pro 37-Key Alto Melodion
Our rating:4.2 out of 5 stars (4.2 / 5)

Pros
  • Professional grade instrument at a fair price.
  • Outstanding, high end looks.
  • Comes with a huge variety of tones.
  • Easy to play.
  • Leather carrying case.
Cons
  • Comes slightly out of tune.

7 Hohner 32B Piano-Style Melodica

The Hohner 32B is a wonderful beginner melodica for people just starting out on the instrument. It comes with a range of over two and one half full octaves. So, by virtue of this, it could either work as an alto melodica or a soprano melodica.

Unlike the last Hohner we saw, this comes with 37 notes which range from F to a middle C. Considering all these features; we deem this to be a decent melodica for those just starting out. But then again, professionals might also use this under certain conditions.

In performance, this plays quite loudly and stays in tune somewhat. We say “somewhat” because we’ve noticed a couple of complaints about the tuning. The A key, especially, has a reputation for slipping out of tune once in a while.

Anyway, thanks to breath flexibility, this is one melodica that is fun to play with. You’d be able to increase the volume of the melodica just by varying your breath. This also allows you to give the melodica different beautiful expressions as you deem fit.

Now, this does not come with a spit valve, so it’s a little difficult to clean out. Plus, the mouthpiece does tend to come a bit loose after you’ve used it for a while.

But that said, this is a really affordable product. It costs less than $50, and so, naturally, you should expect some tradeoffs here and there. Given that caveat, therefore, it’s not farfetched to call this an excellent beginner melodica.

Hohner 32B Piano-Style Melodica
Our rating:4.7 out of 5 stars (4.7 / 5)

Pros
  • Gives a loud sound.
  • Breath control is quite flexible.
  • Can work as either a soprano or an alto melodica.
Cons
  • Does not come with a spit valve so cleaning might be a bit difficult.
  • Some minor tuning issues.
  • Mouthpiece tends to loosen over time.

8 Hohner 32F 32-Key Piano-Style Fire Melodica

The Hohner 32F is quite similar to the 32B we just reviewed. It’s a basic instrument aimed at the beginner. With a decent price and good quality construction and performance, this is one melodica that the beginner can count on.

We’ll start by saying that this is a really sweet looking instrument? The red color of the melodica makes it attractive and eye-catching. It’s definitely something you would be proud to own.

The carrying case is also deluxe and will keep your instrument safe as you move around.

Beginners are sure to learn excellent skills and techniques just by making use of this. We’ve got to admit that it doesn’t exactly feel like you’re handling an entry-level instrument when you play it.

Altogether, we can say that this melodica impresses us. Nonetheless, all the notes and chords might not come out as clear as you’d find on higher end models. It’s not a deal breaker for us at the price, we still love it.

Hohner 32F 32-Key Piano-Style Fire Melodica
Our rating:4.2 out of 5 stars (4.2 / 5)

Pros
  • Decently priced for the beginner.
  • Comes with a carrying case.
  • Attractive looks.
  • Sounds somewhat higher end.
Cons
  • Construction quality is average.
  • Some chords sound a bit unclear.

9 Yamaha P25F 25-Note Pianica

This melodica from Yamaha comes as a beginner instrument with a decent price and great features. It is quite versatile which makes it useful for beginners as well as entry-level professionals.

It definitely won’t give you the first class performance of higher end melodicas, but it is more than acceptable for practice and lower key performances.

There are many reasons we love this instrument as a beginner melodica. It comes with 25 keys and is somewhat well constructed. Of course, given that it is a budget instrument, you can expect some tradeoffs. But that aside, this is a decent product all the same.

With the way it is constructed, this melodica projects loudly with full and clear tones that you’ll enjoy. It is good enough for the beginner to learn new skills and techniques while still enjoying a great sound.

As to durability, Yamaha assures you that this will last. In fact, it comes with anti-corrosive reeds. These reeds ensure that your instrument stands the test of time; however often you use the melodica.

Now, this comes with a gig bag that we aren’t exactly confident in. So you might want to get something of better quality to store and carry this around in. It should help to enhance safety and ease the stress of transport.

Yamaha P25F 25-Note Pianica
Our rating:4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)

Pros
  • Makes a great beginner instrument.
  • Comes with anti-corrosive reeds to enhance durability.
  • Projects loudly with full, clear tones.
  • Small and lightweight enough to carry just about anywhere.
Cons
  • Comes slightly out of tune.
  • Notes are a little sharp.

10 Hohner USA AB37 Rasta 37 Key Melodica

Lastly, check out the Hohner Rasta. It is non-electric from a brand that has occupied quite a number of spots on this review. This time, the brand is giving us a different feel with its Rasta model.

This is a 37 key melodica and is pretty basic in its function, but not in its looks. This instrument looks really cool with the green, yellow, and red colors which add to the Rasta feel. The included gig bag is also padded and great looking which adds to the looks of the instrument as well.

To improve your playing experience, Hohner has redesigned the mouthpiece. This makes the instrument more comfortable to play and also impacts on the performance of the melodica.

Since this melodica does not require any cable or connection to work, it is ready to play on the go! Yes, you’ll be able to play this at any given time which is pretty cool.

If you want to jam this with other instruments, feel free to do so. It blends nicely and adds a unique touch to your performance.  It’s an amazing melodica that’s decently priced. It also shares several similarities with the Hohner Airboard37 37Key Airboard. So, you could check it out to get the full gist.

Hohner USA AB37 Rasta 37 Key Melodica
Our rating:5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)

Pros
  • Cool looks and cool gig bag.
  • Blends nicely with other instruments.
  • Redesigned mouthpiece.
Cons
  • Might come slightly out of tune.

Buying Guide For Best Melodica

There are many different varieties of melodicas which suit different need and ranges. So, if you want to end up with the best one for you, you might want to check out the following factors.

Before You Take Up The Melodica

Melodicas make great beginner instruments for adults and children alike even if they’ve never played an instrument before. By combining the rudiments of a keyboard and that of a wind instrument, melodicas help to provide the learner with a balanced education.

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Now, that said, it is always good for the beginner in question to have a bit of background exposure to the piano first. This would help such a person feel comfortable while reading music. Plus, it will make playing notes on your right hand easier while you work on the breathing aspect.

Having a background knowledge of the piano might not be necessary to picking up the melodica. But it can help a great deal in making your transition to the instrument smoother.

Size And Octave

Melodicas typically come in two to three octaves. Beginner melodicas, however, usually come with two to two and a half octaves while advanced melodicas have three.

If you’re an advanced player, you’re better off with a melodica with three octaves. This is because a two or two and a half octave melodica would be somewhat limiting. With a three-octave melodica, you’ll enjoy the ability to play more chords through the entire range of the instrument.

Voice Ranges

There are four voice ranges to a melodica which include the soprano, the alto, the tenor, and the bass. Let’s check each of them out.

  • Soprano: This is the highest musical range of the melodica and is also the most common type. Usually, you play soprano melodicas with both hands. One for the white keys, and the other for the black. You could also find some that come with extension tubes. These tubes allow you to lay the melodica out flat so you can play it with both your hands in the same way as a normal piano.
  • Alto: This comes slightly lower in range than the soprano melodica and are almost as common as the soprano melodica. However, this time, you play them with one hand just like you play the tenor melodica.
  • Tenor: This gives a deeper sound thanks to its lower range. You play this with one hand unlike the soprano melodica. That is, one hand does the playing while the other holds the handle.
  • Bass: This is the least common of the melodica types available. It comes with a much lower range which gives this melodica its deep sound.

Material

Most melodicas you find are made of plastic. However, the best sounding ones, which are usually the most expensive, are the wood melodicas. Be that as it may, your options for a high quality melodica are, fortunately, very wide – either for plastic or for wood. It really depends on your personal preference.

Some musicians might prefer the tone of wood which is usually deeper. But generally, even if you can’t afford wood, it doesn’t mean you can’t get a great sounding melodica. There are lots of high-quality plastic melodicas available.

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Cost

Just to make sure you don’t suffer from buyers’ remorse, it’s always good to have an idea of cost. Knowing how much you should pay for an instrument helps you avoid being “cheated” when you eventually want to make a purchase.

As with every other kind of instrument, the cost of a melodica depends on the kind of you’re getting – beginner, intermediate, or professional. Let’s see how this works.

  • Beginner Melodicas – Up to $75: These are great options for those starting on or still learning the instrument. Now, because they are somewhat cheap, they usually aren’t very sturdy and might sound hollow. Nonetheless, it’s still possible to find quality melodicas within this range.
  • Intermediate Melodicas Between $75 and $125: Intermediate melodicas are usually of a higher quality than student melodicas. You can expect that they will show a decent level of construction and sound quality.
  • Professional Melodica $125 and Above: If a melodica costs above $125, then it is expected that the melodica is of a high quality craftsmanship with a great tone. You’ll usually find wooden melodicas in this price range.

Conclusion

Our best melodica on review today is the…

Hammond Pro-44HP Melodica.

It’s super pricey, no doubt, but it still gives the best sound of all the melodicas on our review today. So, we can’t complain too much.

If it’s way beyond your reach though, we suggest the Yamaha P37D 37-Key Pianica as a close second. It is more decently priced and should meet most non-pro players expectations.

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