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by Brendan
Mon Jan 15, 2018 2:22 am
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Unibender
Replies: 5
Views: 400

Re: Unibender

UPDATE: This month new models have been delayed by a restructuring of the production side of my harmonica business. It's taking a while but coming to the end of the process. The good thing is that after it's done, I will be able to put out new designs faster than before. The UniBender is top of the ...
by Brendan
Sun Jan 07, 2018 6:41 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: slide-harp plus "diatonic" harp?
Replies: 3
Views: 103

Re: slide-harp plus "diatonic" harp?

I suppose some hybrid could be made as you describe Pat, but it would be a lot of work to design. Hole spacings are not the same except for some odd diatonics like the Educator.
by Brendan
Sun Jan 07, 2018 6:36 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Koch Powerbender
Replies: 1
Views: 110

Re: Koch Powerbender

Yes, this is something I've done myself a few times. For the tip two holes I recommend swapping blow and draw reeds, otherwise tune with solder. Another option is to make a PowerBender mini-chromatic using two PB diatonics in my SwitchHarp. You'll need to do some tuning compensation in the high end,...
by Brendan
Sun Jan 07, 2018 6:28 am
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Blow and Tell ;) Audio/video clips of Brendan's tunings IN USE!
Replies: 8
Views: 776

Re: Blow and Tell ;) Audio/video clips of Brendan's tunings IN USE!

Paris from memory, I think it was a PowerChromatic in A I used for Kitchenaire.

Thanks Gianandrea, sounding good!
by Brendan
Sun Jan 07, 2018 6:21 am
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Power Chromatic
Replies: 60
Views: 11611

Re: Power Chromatic

After a while you'll find it useful to have the options.

When you're practicing a tune or lick, try both A notes. You'll find one of them will give a better flow/feel than the other. Choose it in that context. After some time you'll naturally go to that option when similar phrases occur.
by Brendan
Sun Jan 07, 2018 6:13 am
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Meisterklasse Chromatic 56
Replies: 1
Views: 100

Re: Meisterklasse Chromatic 56

Thanks for the suggestion Anthony. I hadn't considered it because I assumed most buyers of the Meisterklasse would have bought it in large part for the metal comb. I imagine the corrosion you speak of could be sanded down? Can't promise anything, but I'll put it on the list of things to consider for...
by Brendan
Thu Jan 04, 2018 2:26 pm
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: TUNE-A-DAY!
Replies: 1
Views: 79

TUNE-A-DAY!

Along with other more conventional New Year Resolutions (like losing weight, stopping drinking for January etc), I decided to upload a fresh music track to a dedicated Tune-a-Day page on my website every day. I think I have enough recorded tracks to last all of 2018; if not, I'll have to record new ...
by Brendan
Thu Dec 28, 2017 3:22 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: PowerChrom-Plus tuning
Replies: 6
Views: 771

Re: Quasi-Circular (modded Major Cross); RENAMED TO "CIRCULAR-PENCHROMATIC"

Just had a look at this. I think the reason you like the tuning is that it's already out there and proven to be good. From hole 3 upwards, this tuning is pure PowerChromatic. That's a tuning I devised in 1980 and have used ever since, including many recorded examples. The only deviation is in holes ...
by Brendan
Mon Dec 25, 2017 8:41 pm
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: TWIN-CHROMATIC
Replies: 9
Views: 264

Re: TWIN-CHROMATIC

Hi Triona, you make a good point about the easy modularity of the CX-12 version of the DoubleChrom: swapping in new comb units is very easy and quick. However the rest of it was very difficult and slow to make accurately. The new design has fairly fast changes of rear units (30 seconds instead of 5 ...
by Brendan
Mon Dec 25, 2017 11:36 am
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: TWIN-CHROMATIC
Replies: 9
Views: 264

Re: TWIN-CHROMATIC

Thanks for the comments, Slava and Triona. Triona: The CX-12 version of the DoubleChrom has been superseded. I have moved to a new design that uses a single rear slider I make on my laser-cutter. It is easier to make overall and uses the double-screw attachment system of my TwinDiatonics for easy di...