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I think that you may want to try a piezo pickup even though your comment about "transducers" seems to rule them out. To my knowledge there is no equivalent to guitar pickups for free-reeeds, i.e. some type of pickup that transforms the mechanical motion of the metallic reed into an electrical signal (such a thing would seem to be possible for steel reeds, ...


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Yes, breathing and tonguing are effectively the same, though it's not as critical to do them well on melodica. You breathe through the mouth because you can take a full breath much more quickly than through the nose. Articulation is important to get a clean start to the note. Simply move your tongue as if you're saying "ta" To illustrate how important this ...


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The Borel Clavietta used stainless steel reeds, as did the Guerrini Pianetta; however, I cannot find information on their ferromagnetic properties. A discussion on Melodicaworld, titled La Clavietta Stainless Steel Reed discusses the Clavietta and Pianetta, their reeds, and how to effect a repair. Today the Middle B note of my beautiful Clavietta stopped ...


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This is a common problem with melodicas in my experience, and, indeed, none I have played are equipped with any way to remove the condensation resulting from playing. What's more, most of the reed plates are cheaply constructed and prone to corrosion. I've had several rendered in unplayable condition over the years due to corrosion, especially of the reeds ...


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