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by Nick
Mon May 22, 2017 9:21 am
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
Replies: 6
Views: 976

Re: zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

I'm in the process of getting a new version of my 'English' tuned Seydel Sampler which I'll post on the other pages.
But yes waiting to see what Brendan has in store.
by Nick
Sun Apr 23, 2017 7:54 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: The need for valves.
Replies: 8
Views: 1179

Re: The need for valves.

Ok I've got what the problem is now, I've been looking at my diatonics and not looked at how the chromatic is set out.
Thanks for the help, I'll persevere with it. Maybe I'm being too impatient.
by Nick
Sat Apr 22, 2017 10:11 pm
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: The need for valves.
Replies: 8
Views: 1179

Re: The need for valves.

Thanks for all the advice here, There's obviously something that goes on inside a chromatic that causes problems when you remove all the valves and they also seem to affect the volume. My Sampler is half valved already so what I'm going to do is replace the existing valves with ultrasuede ones like ...
by Nick
Fri Apr 21, 2017 8:42 pm
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: The need for valves.
Replies: 8
Views: 1179

The need for valves.

I kind of know this subject has been done ad nauseum but I need some answers before I start pulling valves off. This is my theory, a 10 hole diatonic has 2 reeds per chamber and generally doesn't have values other than to help bends in one way or another and the play perfectly fine. Chromatics have ...
by Nick
Fri Apr 14, 2017 8:17 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Alternative Major cross.
Replies: 14
Views: 2434

Re: Alternative Major cross.

Having thought about it the ideal of having a paired set of harmonicas probably comes from me being primarily a whistle player for the last 10 years. With whistle we play G, Em, Am and D plus some others on the same instrument, all the notes are in the same place so doing the same with harmonica was...
by Nick
Wed Apr 12, 2017 7:12 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Alternative Major cross.
Replies: 14
Views: 2434

Re: Alternative Major cross.

When I was playing Paddy richter tuning and needed that c# I tried to make a single 10 hole diatonic for both G and D that's when I found G Major cross and added the bottom 4 notes and I got the bent c# on hole 6 but found it difficult to get things smooth if jumping to that bend from nearby holes. ...
by Nick
Tue Apr 11, 2017 9:22 pm
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Alternative Major cross.
Replies: 14
Views: 2434

Re: Alternative Major cross.

Here's an example of what I like to play, Lester Bailey on melodeon. I get a lot of tunes from Lester's blog. Nothing fancy just Lester playing. http://lesters-tune-a-day.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/tune-443-louth-quickstep.html X:1 T:Louth Quickstep C:Joshua Gibbons, Lincolnshire. M:4/4 L:1/8 K:G B2 BG ...
by Nick
Tue Apr 11, 2017 8:41 pm
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Alternative Major cross.
Replies: 14
Views: 2434

Re: Alternative Major cross.

Hi I think you may have got things mixed up a bit, below is my English G tuning so the Cs are natural. English G tuning Blow G B D F# A c e g c e Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Draw A C E G B d f# a b d Here is my English D tuning where the Cs are # English D tuning Blow G B D F# A c# e g c# e Hole 1 2 3...
by Nick
Tue Apr 11, 2017 7:15 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Alternative Major cross.
Replies: 14
Views: 2434

Re: Alternative Major cross.

Hi Tony You have probably hit the nail on the head with what I've done over the last 6 months. I'm now settled on what I'm calling 'English' G/D tuning. English tunes are what I play most of the time so it makes sense. I've been retuning my own Suzuki Promasters, (I wanted to use Seydels but I can't...
by Nick
Mon Apr 10, 2017 12:22 pm
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Alternative Major cross.
Replies: 14
Views: 2434

Re: Alternative Major cross.

Thanks for some really good info and suggestions. My tuning is not as I realise now Major cross. It's probably closer to Circular, certainly on the G harmonica and maybe the D too? As Tony said Major cross in G would start with a D on the 1 blow, my D is on the 3 blow giving me the C, B, A and G bel...