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by EdvinW
Thu Dec 13, 2018 9:45 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Seydel Will Wilde tuning out now
Replies: 4
Views: 425

Re: Seydel Will Wilde tuning out now

I still like the PowerBender. Have been using it exclusively for almost 3 years now. I find the Will Wilde tuning a bit eccentric with the double blow E in holes 5 & 6 blow and don’t like the lack of a bendability in hole 5 draw. Powerbender is a nicer balance of simplicity and flexibility for a ge...
by EdvinW
Tue Dec 11, 2018 5:56 pm
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Chromatic tuning with irregular slide notes. Pros and cons?
Replies: 5
Views: 609

Re: Chromatic tuning with irregular slide notes. Pros and cons?

The order is placed now! In the end I went with the following sort-of-slide-diatonic version: Blow: Slide in g# a d f g# a d f g# a d f Slide out g a c e g a c e g a c e 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Draw: Slide out a b d f a b d f a b d f Slide in bb c# e g bb c# e g bb c# e g Though I at first intend...
by EdvinW
Mon Dec 10, 2018 10:44 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: 221-Tuning for 10-hole harmonica
Replies: 8
Views: 1775

Re: 221-Tuning for 10-hole harmonica

Some of the tunings posted here are difficult to read, but they could be improved easily. If you click the </> symbol above the box for entering text two brackets will appear. If you put the tuning between the two brackets, you have better control over what it will look like. Check how they will loo...
by EdvinW
Thu Dec 06, 2018 3:51 pm
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Health concerns regarding materials in harmonicas?
Replies: 8
Views: 593

Re: Health concerns regarding materials in harmonicas?

This is a interesting subject and one that I have pondered at times . I am an enthusiast of Stainless Steel reeds because of this reason. Although Stainless Steel varies in composition I assume it is may be more benign to the human body. It does not readily oxidize like the Brass/Bronze families. I...
by EdvinW
Wed Dec 05, 2018 11:45 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: 221-Tuning for 10-hole harmonica
Replies: 8
Views: 1775

Re: 221-Tuning for 10-hole harmonica

As a teenager, I used to carry an ocarina around my neck and play just about whenever I found the time, sort of like what I do with harmonicas nowadays. It had a range of a range of nine notes, fully chromatic, and I could adapt and fit just about any melody I could imagine. For most major songs I p...
by EdvinW
Wed Nov 28, 2018 11:24 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Health concerns regarding materials in harmonicas?
Replies: 8
Views: 593

Re: Health concerns regarding materials in harmonicas?

Thanks for the comments! For the record, I'l like to point out that I myself play plastic harps daily, and that I absolutely don't want to point fingers at people who do. While searching (I've done quite a bit of that lately), I found the following: https://myplasticfreelife.com/2011/04/bpa-free-doe...
by EdvinW
Thu Nov 22, 2018 2:02 pm
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Health concerns regarding materials in harmonicas?
Replies: 8
Views: 593

Health concerns regarding materials in harmonicas?

I would like to talk about the various materials used in our instruments. As we go about not only pressing them to our lips, but also ingesting whatever dissolves into the saliva, which goes back and forth into the harp as we blow and draw for hours a week all year around. When it comes to food pack...
by EdvinW
Fri Nov 16, 2018 10:44 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Chromatic tuning with irregular slide notes. Pros and cons?
Replies: 5
Views: 609

Re: Chromatic tuning with irregular slide notes. Pros and cons?

Thank for the encouragement! The music I try to play is really not written with the harmonica in mind :) The purpose of the repeated notes is twofold, but I'm afraid it has nothing to do with drones. One reason is to save me many changes of the slider; it would allow me to play quick passages in the...
by EdvinW
Wed Nov 14, 2018 10:12 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Pentatonic tunings
Replies: 18
Views: 2934

Re: Pentatonic tunings

I have a friend who loves music from India and the Middle East, and he wanted a harmonica to play a favorite song which is in the E harmonic minor scale. I realized that we can design a tuning with just four holes per octave in which the blow and draw notes exactly form an E harmonic minor scale an...
by EdvinW
Thu Nov 08, 2018 4:39 pm
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Chromatic tuning with irregular slide notes. Pros and cons?
Replies: 5
Views: 609

Chromatic tuning with irregular slide notes. Pros and cons?

Does anyone have any experience with chromatics where the slide does not affect every note in the same way, i.e. raising/lowering one half step? I am aware of slide diatonics, but "going to the next note in the scale" seems to me like a fairly regular thing to do. I could imagine this would make it ...