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by Brendan
Sat Feb 16, 2019 12:31 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Idea for slideless chromatic harp
Replies: 13
Views: 332

Re: Idea for slideless chromatic harp

Robert: the Suzuki Overdrive gives the option to have both overblow assist and isolated-reed expression (as with valves). The SlipSlider gives isolated-reed expression on the blow notes if you slide the draw reedplate only halfway. Doing that stops the draw reeds from vibrating, because they are abo...
by Brendan
Fri Feb 15, 2019 9:27 pm
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Idea for slideless chromatic harp
Replies: 13
Views: 332

Re: Idea for slideless chromatic harp

Another approach is to adopt a design like the Tombo S50. Pat Missin has written a good article on it and other slideless chromatics here: https://www.patmissin.com/ffaq/q24.html This requires no bending or overblowing to get a chromatic scale, though they are possible. Quite an interesting harmonic...
by Brendan
Sat Feb 02, 2019 12:26 pm
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Diatonic PowerCombs and Stealth-Valves Released
Replies: 17
Views: 5719

Re: Diatonic PowerCombs and Stealth-Valves Released

March I think. New design/type of Stealth Valve.
by Brendan
Fri Jan 25, 2019 5:11 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Pentatonic tunings
Replies: 28
Views: 6432

Re: Pentatonic tunings

Beautiful Winslow, thanks!
by Brendan
Fri Jan 25, 2019 5:04 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Memorization
Replies: 1
Views: 472

Re: Memorization

I'm an ear player. I tried teaching myself to sight read a few times over the years, and can use the dots (very slowly) to help resolve the correct notes in a certain passage, but I'll only resort to them rarely. I memorise by simple repetition, going over and over a phrase until it feels flowing an...
by Brendan
Thu Jan 17, 2019 10:26 pm
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: New Tool and Method for Improving Harmonica Reed Response
Replies: 5
Views: 695

Re: New Tool and Method for Improving Harmonica Reed Response

For the lower 2/3 of the reed you should do standard embossing. It's not possible to use the nail art pen further down as the reed is flexible; it will slide underneath the tip of the tool. Anyway embossing the lower 2/3 in the conventional way is easy and effective, so there is no need to do anythi...
by Brendan
Sun Jan 13, 2019 10:18 am
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: New Tool and Method for Improving Harmonica Reed Response
Replies: 5
Views: 695

New Tool and Method for Improving Harmonica Reed Response

Here's a video to accompany an upcoming article in the UK Harmonica World magazine:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQP6tZRXbTU
by Brendan
Sun Dec 30, 2018 6:42 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Pentatonic tunings
Replies: 28
Views: 6432

Re: Pentatonic tunings

Thanks oldstudent. Do you have any musical examples of your tunings in action? That would be nice to hear :)
by Brendan
Sat Dec 29, 2018 8:35 pm
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: PowerBender Versus EdHarmonica
Replies: 15
Views: 1592

Re: PowerBender Versus EdHarmonica

Well said rishio. Just three harps, huh? You win hands down on that count, without a doubt! And what you say about delving deep into just one tuning makes good sense - it's certainly worked for Howard Levy.

I look forward to hearing some tracks from you when you're ready to share :-)