Melodica advice

Hiya, I am looking at getting my twin girls a melodica to mess about with - one is learning piano and the other clarinet so I thought a but of a mash-up might be fun for them - anyway, would this inexpensive Stagg one be okay to start with?

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Stagg-MELOSTA32BK-Note-Melodica-Case/dp/B00CSWIVKO/ref=asc_df_B00CSWIVKO/?tag=googshopuk-21&linkCode=df0&hvadid=310813298105&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=9820728907916754676&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=m&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9045880&hvtargid=pla-353998459572&psc=1

Thanks :)
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  • EricTheWearyEricTheWeary Frets: 12307
    There is a melodica forum www.melodica world.com if you want to go down that rabbit hole/ ask on there. They are essentially a cheap and cheerful instrument so I don’t know why the Stagg wouldn’t be okay. 
    The wonderful Augustus Pablo championed the melodica for it's cheapness and accessibility for poor Jamaican kids; I don’t know how much it is used in other music but there is a whole history of it in reggae. There is a band local to me Lobster Band who always used one as part of their set although sadly missing from any of their clips in YouTube. 


    https://youtu.be/rb7zIWOfA3w
    Inhale away Jackson Jeffrey Jackson. 
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  • PabcranePabcrane Frets: 249
    Thanks Eric. I'm trying to avoid a rabbit hole so I'll try the Stagg one!

    What made me start thinking about the melodica in the first place was listening to Blur's Modern Life.

    I just listened to Sahara Rock. What a wonderfully haunting melody!
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