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by winslowyerxa
Tue Aug 08, 2017 6:12 pm
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: When not to use a half-valved chromatic?
Replies: 5
Views: 494

Re: When not to use a half-valved chromatic?

For me, half valving makes tone inconsistent between valved and non-valved reeds. So for me, a half-valved chromatic would only come into play when the sound of dual-reed bends is more important than consistent tonal quality. Which for me is rare; I can bend farther on a valved reed than on dual-ree...
by winslowyerxa
Thu Apr 27, 2017 12:04 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Rampless Chromatic Comb
Replies: 14
Views: 1905

Re: Rampless Chromatic Comb

I see ramps - those raised floors on the chambers On higher pitches, a large chamber can drag pitch down if its resonant frequency is lower than that of the reed. Ramps also reduce the air required to fill the chamber before it starts moving the reed, allowing for quicker response and less breath re...
by winslowyerxa
Tue Apr 25, 2017 11:12 pm
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Lipped comb & Hemholtz Resonance
Replies: 6
Views: 1986

Re: Lipped comb & Hemholtz Resonance

Could these effects be the reason for the conical design of the reed slots by yonberg too? http://en.yonberg-harmonica.com/content/8-technology Is here to find one of the reasons, why bending and overblows are working better or worse with some reeds / channels / harmonicas than with others? Another...
by winslowyerxa
Tue Apr 25, 2017 10:14 pm
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: The need for valves.
Replies: 8
Views: 1166

Re: The need for valves.

I find valve-less chromatics like the ones mentioned unbearably leaky and poor in volume and overall power of sound. Putting each reed in its own chamber doesn't solve the problem, either. I remember discovering half-valving as a teenager - Gee, what happens if I pull off the outside valve? Cool - t...
by winslowyerxa
Tue Apr 25, 2017 9:51 pm
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Reeds Attached with Screws
Replies: 5
Views: 1366

Re: Reeds Attached with Screws

If all else fails, instead of threading the rivet hole, simply use a longer screw and use a nut to accept the thread on the other side of the reedplate.
by winslowyerxa
Tue Apr 25, 2017 9:43 pm
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Comparison Lucky 13 to Seydel Solist Pro 12 Steel - Low Octave
Replies: 5
Views: 1603

Re: Comparison Lucky 13 to Seydel Solist Pro 12 Steel - Low Octave

Middle C is the C4 depicted on the layout sheet, and is Hole 1 on a regular C-harp and is also the C in the fourth hole (however it may be numbered) on both the Lucky 13 and the Solist Pro. The Solist Pro is available on both solo tuning and in the same tuning as the Lucky 13, in two versions of C (...
by winslowyerxa
Tue Apr 18, 2017 5:46 pm
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: How would you retune an Asia Bend?
Replies: 14
Views: 2810

Re: How would you retune an Asia Bend?

I'm very tempted to tune the X-reeds lower to widen the bending range. One change to solo tuning that I used on some of my chromatics is to change the leftmost double C down to an A. That way I have a blow A and Bb, and I also have an A minor chord as well as a C major chord. Are there any plans to ...
by winslowyerxa
Tue Apr 18, 2017 5:42 pm
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Lipped comb & Hemholtz Resonance
Replies: 6
Views: 1986

Re: Lipped comb & Hemholtz Resonance

By "slot," do you mean the chamber in the comb (as opposed to slot in the reedplate)? My experience with long, narrow chambers is that it makes the pitch problem worse. Both the Suzuki SCT-128 tremolo chromatic and the Hohner Harmonetta place one reed behind another in a long, narrow chamber, and bo...
by winslowyerxa
Tue Apr 11, 2017 6:14 pm
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: OVERBLOWING - Where to From Here?
Replies: 21
Views: 3288

Re: OVERBLOWING - Where to From Here?

One way you can bend up using standard techniques is to start with a bent note and release the pitch upwards. If your starting bend is a note that makes sense, this approach can work well. Listen to Mick Jagger on Midnight Rambler. Not exactly a paragon of technical finesse, but he makes this simple...
by winslowyerxa
Thu Apr 06, 2017 1:20 am
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Lucky 13 International Video Competition
Replies: 18
Views: 3245

Re: Lucky 13 International Video Competition

FWIW I just improvised into Quicktime on my laptop - not a "great" recording setup, just what was easy to do quickly. I thought about coming up with an elaborate accompaniment arrangement but didn't have time. For my second entry, though, I did re-use a guitar part from another project. Lucky 13 com...