No, this isn’t a piece of debris washed up on our shore from the Japanese tsunami. (Most of that stuff is still coming.) It is actually the side of a vintage Suzuki Melodion case that belongs to our band’s drummer, Randy Mathers. The case—and the Soprano – 25 Melodion that lives inside of it—originally belonged to Randy’s father.
Randy happened across this vintage instrument while sorting out gear in his studio. He lent it to me to see if it was playable. Sadly, it is quite out of tune, and not usable for anything other than learning the instrument.
Because I’m interested in vintage free reed instruments, blow accordions, etc. (usually when they are in the shape of saxophones), I tried to do some research on this old Suzuki Melodion. Randy thought this vintage instrument was circa late 70s or early 80s. Interestingly enough though, I couldn’t find any information on it.
Because I’m a sucker for odd instruments, and like to collect images and information about horns that are no longer in production, I thought it would be interesting to have a really good photo article about the this Suzuki Melodion Soprano – 25 published on my site.
I don’t for a moment believe that this instrument is valuable—its tuning alone tells us that it was not built to performance standards. However, since I could find no references to it on the ‘Net, at a minimum this photo essay could prove useful to other Suzuki Melodion owners who are looking for information on their vintage instruments.
How to use the Suzuki Melodion: A vintage instruction manual
I decided to scan the owner’s manual in its entirety. Here too we get the idea that this instrument was built for a younger crowd, and not for professionals.
Compare the following models to the current Suzuki Melodion line-up.
What the Suzuki Melodion Soprano – 25 looks like
Here are the rest of the photos of this vintage Melodion by Suzuki. As you can tell by the pics, this little instrument is basically in mint condition. It’s too bad about its intonation though, because that alone renders it useless. Unless someone out there knows how to tune a melodica? :scratch:
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