I play several different styles and for a straight folk style with the harmonica in a rack i loved the tone of my old Golden Melody. It gave up the ghost finally. Somebody gave me an Eastop, which is nice for blues but I’ve been thinking about getting another Golden Melody.
I read Luke’s review and it sounds like the new ones just aren’t the same.
What are your opinions of the tone of the new ones?
Although I like the new model’s tone, I noted elsewhere in a posting on this forum that the harp I purchased came with very poorly gapped reeds that made bends one the lower end almost impossible to play … only after much time and effort setting these gaps correctly did I achieve a reasonable setup that played as well as the older models did right out of the box As Astrid @AstridHandbikebee63 has suggested on this forum, the quality control of the new models has not yet reached the level of the older models.
Thanks. Although i’ve played a while, gapping reeds is something i’ve never done and don’t intend to start.
If the first batches are indeed no good and if they do correct that, when and how will it be possible to purchase a good new GM? Even in a year, how can one know they are getting a new batch rather than first run?
I own the old one in G and have had a new model in C. I prefer the tone of the new one a bit more, but I think the old one is just a tiny bit easier to play overall. My opinion is very similar to Luke’s. Both are very nice, though.
But I’m still pretty much a beginner. An advanced player can do pretty much whatever they want on either of them.
Hi. I never tried a 2023-style Golden Melody, but they are very leaky from what I’ve heard. I play the 50s-style Golden Melody (the original model or as my friend, Todd Parrott likes to say: Oldie Goldie). From Rachelle Plas (who plays Goldens exclusively) and people who don’t play GMs, they think it’s a good harp. However, a lot of people who regularly play them like Jason Ricci say it’s not an improvement over the original. In fact, they claim Hohner made it worse. I decided not to get one because it’ll mess up the aesthetics of my gig bag.
I’m no expert, but mine doesn’t appear leaky. Luke seemed happy with his in his review. I’m not arguing at all, but there are many positive reviews on YouTube. They can’t all be paid shills, ;). But if you love the old model, I’d snatch them up while you can find old stock.
My new GM model in G is also not leaky and the tone seems to me to be superior to the old GMs. But as I mentioned elsewhere: the new harp came with hamfisted reed gaps that required much of my time to correct.