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by Brendan
Sat Nov 17, 2018 6:49 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Chromatic tuning with irregular slide notes. Pros and cons?
Replies: 4
Views: 177

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

I'd say it's time to put theory to one side and actually try your ideas out. That's the only way to know if an alternate tuning is really useful or not.

Looking forward to hearing the results :-)
by Brendan
Sat Nov 17, 2018 6:43 am
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: beginner harp for irish/folk
Replies: 16
Views: 1655

Re: beginner harp for irish/folk

Hard to say without examination if it's a blockage or a damaged reed. You could consult one of the Lucky 13 Recommended Customisers:

http://www.brendan-power.com/lucky13.ph ... dRepairers

They can fix any problems, including reed replacement.
by Brendan
Sat Nov 17, 2018 6:37 am
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Lucky 13 Paddy Richter and Tequila
Replies: 3
Views: 60

Re: Lucky 13 Paddy Richter and Tequila

Re. the upper octave, I suggest retune it to something you prefer. On my Paddy harps I retune them to Paddy Solo. Double the root note on holes 7 & 8 and lower 8, 9 blow accordingly. But leave the draw notes the same. Thus is my preferred tuning for Irish playing, but it will work well for other sty...
by Brendan
Sat Nov 17, 2018 6:29 am
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Lucky 13 & Embossing.
Replies: 4
Views: 82

Re: Lucky 13 & Embossing.

Embossing is good for any harp. I think the Lucky 13 responds well out of the box, but of course it will be even better with embossing. Regarding the extra low octave, I recommend you add valves to the first two or three holes, inside and out, especially on the lowest G key. They will do far more th...
by Brendan
Tue Nov 13, 2018 4:59 am
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Harmonicas with Modular Reedplates
Replies: 15
Views: 1345

Re: Harmonicas with Modular Reedplates

Yes, or Blue Tack could work. However I'd be adopting a single lipped comb model of harmonica for the reedplates, so any custom comb alternatives would be up to the owner to get made. I have prices in for slicing the reedplates and they are acceptable, so next step is to try a few brands/models to c...
by Brendan
Tue Nov 13, 2018 4:40 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Lucky 13 Paddy Richter
Replies: 1
Views: 77

Re: Lucky 13 Paddy Richter

Yes, valves make the low blow reeds play much more strongly.
by Brendan
Tue Nov 13, 2018 4:38 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Chromatic tuning with irregular slide notes. Pros and cons?
Replies: 4
Views: 177

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

When I played in the Riverdance Show in the 1990s I created a whole batch of bizarrely tuned slide harmonicas to enable me to play the music as written. Bill Whelan's score had some very tricky parts that could not be played at tempo on any conventional harmonica, but these altered chroms allowed me...
by Brendan
Tue Nov 06, 2018 9:39 am
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Harmonicas with Modular Reedplates
Replies: 15
Views: 1345

Re: Harmonicas with Modular Reedplates

Thanks for the ruminations on this topic people, interesting and helpful. I was away in India for a while and laid low with Giardiasis since I got back, but am recovering now and getting back to various projects - including this one. I sent off some reedplates for slicing into strips by a couple of ...
by Brendan
Sun Nov 04, 2018 8:39 pm
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: beginner harp for irish/folk
Replies: 16
Views: 1655

Re: beginner harp for irish/folk

Play 10 hole draw on a Richter harp with a very light breath. In fact all the upper-octave draws on Richter work best with a light breath. The tendency for many players is to suck hard on them as they do with the draws in holes 1-6, but that is counter-productive. Alan: the tunes are available digit...
by Brendan
Sun Nov 04, 2018 8:36 pm
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: THE ENTERTAINER - Played on Lucky 13 in PowerChromatic Tuning
Replies: 9
Views: 743

Re: THE ENTERTAINER - Played on Lucky 13 in PowerChromatic Tuning

Glad you're enjoying "The Entertainer" lesson Sachlaw, and thanks for the encouragement to do more PC lessons. Will do!