The product I received was an original. It has good tune and is easy to play single notes with. I already played a rocket before this and golden melody is not as loud, but still one of the best.
Sounds amazing, super ergonomics...superb for single notes...just go for it....
Its a good harp...for beginners and intermediate players . Bending notes is easy tones are nice and an absolute value for money.
I bought this after using Suzuki Olive and Hohner Rocket for a month and a half . Golden melody is way better than Suzuki Olive in terms of responsiveness and bending ( i am learning harmonica for JAZZ and BLUES only). However if you are looking for more comfort and easy to play i will recommend Hohner Rocket , they are smooth as damn but they are more expensive than Golden Melody.
As it say, it is good for playing melodies and it can sound bluish too dependong on playing style. It airtight, bending is easy and fast playing sounds good. Serious beginner looking to start can go for it. A professional sounding harp.