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by Brendan
Sun Dec 10, 2017 11:52 am
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: The OctaHarp Selectable is Released
Replies: 0
Views: 13

The OctaHarp Selectable is Released

The OctaHarp Selectable is now officially released. In single-harp mode the front harp plays exactly like a normal blues harp, with all the typical bending and expression. But you can instantly engage the rear low-range harp and switch to playing it as an octave harmonica. It's truly two great harps...
by Brendan
Sat Dec 09, 2017 5:05 pm
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: WH-12
Replies: 2
Views: 88

Re: WH-12

Yes, I first came across it in Shanghai in 2002. It's OK, but the low draw reeds hit the covers.
by Brendan
Sat Dec 09, 2017 5:04 pm
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Power Chromatic
Replies: 54
Views: 9380

Re: Power Chromatic

@ Paris: Sorry for the slow reply. I'm using and F PowerChromatic and playing in F. The G is available as a draw or blow, so G to A is both draw notes.
by Brendan
Thu Nov 23, 2017 9:36 pm
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Twelve-hole slide harp with three chromatic octaves and 18 different chords
Replies: 5
Views: 287

Re: Twelve-hole slide harp with three chromatic octaves and 18 different chords

@IaNerd: Your tuning scheme makes logical sense, but not practical sense if it is to be made from standard chromatic reedplates. The low octave will sound good for a chord harmonica, but not the top two octaves. An alternative would be to have a slide chord harmonica that has repeating low ranges in...
by Brendan
Thu Nov 16, 2017 5:13 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Hohner Discovery 48 - any way to improve it?
Replies: 2
Views: 164

Re: Hohner Discovery 48 - any way to improve it?

I suggest you post this query on Slidemeister:

http://www.slidemeister.com/forums/index.php#c4

I'm sure you will get lots of good advice there :-)
by Brendan
Thu Nov 16, 2017 5:03 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Switch harp + Hands free?
Replies: 1
Views: 232

Re: Switch harp + Hands free?

Good suggestion David. Vern's vertical shifting HFC system would suit the twin diatonic format for a mini chromatic very well. It would be quite easy to design, much simpler than the interlocking air channels of my TwinHarmonica System. However the concept is Vern's, and I feel it is up to him to pr...
by Brendan
Thu Nov 16, 2017 4:53 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Chordomonica II comb replacement
Replies: 1
Views: 217

Re: Chordomonica II comb replacement

Yes, you can use any Hohner 270 wooden comb or, for a more stable long term solution, check out my 3d printed custom PowerComb:

http://www.brendan-power.com/combs-hohner.php#12

It will fit the Chordomonica II.
by Brendan
Wed Nov 15, 2017 6:16 am
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: New Switch-Harp Models Available
Replies: 0
Views: 154

New Switch-Harp Models Available

I've been busy designing specialist Switch-Harp front units to fit a bigger range of diatonic harmonicas. The latest ones you can fit are the Hohner Special 20, Suzuki lipped harps like Bluesmaster/Harpmaster/SUB30, and the Lucky 13. In addition my own-brand 10-hole PowerBender/PowerDraw harps made ...
by Brendan
Wed Nov 15, 2017 6:14 am
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Power Chromatic
Replies: 54
Views: 9380

Re: Power Chromatic

@ Sachlaw: Good to hear you're adopting an alternative approach, and you describe the advantages well. The reversed slide is used a lot in India and also by Irish musicians. Here is the great young Indian player Subhranill Sarkar playing reversed slide: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PUQnqbptiA An...
by Brendan
Wed Nov 15, 2017 6:03 am
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Power Chromatic
Replies: 54
Views: 9380

Re: Power Chromatic

@ Paris: no, my slide on the PowerChromatic only raises a half-step. Check this video where I explain it, with tuning charts: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5J_zVEEfuY I think you're confusing PowerChromatic with my SlideDiatonic. That's a specialist harp I use for playing Irish and other folk tun...