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by winslowyerxa
Mon Feb 18, 2019 5:37 pm
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Youth Scholarships for harmonica players aged 21 and younger
Replies: 0
Views: 692

Youth Scholarships for harmonica players aged 21 and younger

I know, of topic, but worth mentioning: Youth Scholarships for harmonica players aged 21 and younger: https://www.spah.org/content.asp?contentid=100 Attending the annual SPAH harmonica convention lands you in the middle of a rich world of harmonica playing, jamming, performing, learning from the bes...
by winslowyerxa
Tue Jan 22, 2019 6:49 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Shifting a tuning to fit a certain range (i.e. that of a fiddle)
Replies: 6
Views: 2111

Re: Shifting a tuning to fit a certain range (i.e. that of a fiddle)

Having notes below the range of the fiddle does make sense so that you can get *below* the fiddle to accompany. I sometimes do this using a Low D. On chromatic, I have retuned a Low E chromatic so that it's in the key of B with F# as the lowest note. This way common keys plays as slide-in keys, whic...
by winslowyerxa
Tue Jan 22, 2019 4:27 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Pentatonic tunings
Replies: 28
Views: 9770

Re: Pentatonic tunings

As long as we're talking about pentatonic tunings, without trying to accomplish anything other than a pentatonic scale, there's the Magic Harp tuning that Pierre Beauregard and Rickard Salwitz patented back in 1993: EG. AC. DE. GA. CD. EG. AC. DE. GA. CD. This achieves the objective of having the dr...
by winslowyerxa
Fri May 18, 2018 9:30 pm
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Who deserves a SPAH harmonica award in 2018?
Replies: 0
Views: 2345

Who deserves a SPAH harmonica award in 2018?

SPAH 2018 awards - honoring the best harmonica players, teachers, and community members! Every year SPAH, the Society for the Preservation and Advancement of the Harmonica, bestows three awards on deserving recipients. If you’re a SPAH member, you can nominate candidates for any and all of these awa...
by winslowyerxa
Mon Mar 12, 2018 12:03 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Circle of thirds variation of Richter tuning
Replies: 9
Views: 4596

Re: Circle of thirds variation of Richter tuning

This is a variation on spiral tuning, except that the spiral doesn't start until Hole 4.
by winslowyerxa
Tue Aug 08, 2017 6:12 pm
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: When not to use a half-valved chromatic?
Replies: 6
Views: 3909

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: 7663

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: 9461

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: 4554

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: 5283

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.