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by Brendan
Tue Dec 11, 2018 6:44 am
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Irish music book cover??
Replies: 2
Views: 168

Re: Irish music book cover??

Just for fun... It made a striking picture.

A subliminal message could be that playing a harmonica is not as easy as it first seems, it's a sharp and rocky road at times. But that's in the eye of the beholder - I'd be interested in your initial spontaneous impression :-)
by Brendan
Tue Dec 11, 2018 6:40 am
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Valves
Replies: 2
Views: 161

Re: Valves

It's more than just a new material, but I can't say more about that aspect at this stage. On the material side, I'm still experimenting. Ideally I'd love to use just a single material, one which has a soft surface but is also springy. That's a hard combination to find! For example, Ultrasuede is goo...
by Brendan
Tue Nov 27, 2018 7:40 am
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Tuning chromatic
Replies: 6
Views: 705

Re: Tuning chromatic

It depends what you mean by "tuning". If you mean retuning reeds by a semitone or more to make altered scales, it is better to disassemble and do the retune on the bare reedplates. But for fine tuning, its best to retune whilst assembled - including the mouthpiece and slider. That's became the tunin...
by Brendan
Thu Nov 22, 2018 11:29 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Pentatonic tunings
Replies: 18
Views: 3086

Re: Pentatonic tunings

Oldstudent: I agree with Edvin, start a new thread on your Middle Eastern tuning. If you can, please post some recordings by your friend using it, I'd love to hear it in action :-) You define pentatonic tunings as those which contain two pentatonic scales: one on the blow notes and another on the dr...
by Brendan
Wed Nov 21, 2018 7:10 am
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Lucky 13 & Embossing.
Replies: 7
Views: 717

Re: Lucky 13 & Embossing.

That's not good, I agree. Please email:

enquiries@brendan-power.com

We will sort it out for you. BP
by Brendan
Wed Nov 21, 2018 6:56 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Seydel Will Wilde tuning out now
Replies: 4
Views: 467

Re: Seydel Will Wilde tuning out now

Will based his Wilde tuning on PowerBender. I sent him a couple to try and he liked it, esp. the top octave. However he wanted to change the middle octave a bit to be more like Richter, retaining the 5 draw as a flat 7th in cross harp. His variant works well, though you lose some of the easy chromat...
by Brendan
Sat Nov 17, 2018 6:49 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Chromatic tuning with irregular slide notes. Pros and cons?
Replies: 5
Views: 653

Re: Chromatic tuning with irregular slide notes. Pros and cons?

I'd say it's time to put theory to one side and actually try your ideas out. That's the only way to know if an alternate tuning is really useful or not.

Looking forward to hearing the results :-)
by Brendan
Sat Nov 17, 2018 6:43 am
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: beginner harp for irish/folk
Replies: 19
Views: 2888

Re: beginner harp for irish/folk

Hard to say without examination if it's a blockage or a damaged reed. You could consult one of the Lucky 13 Recommended Customisers:

http://www.brendan-power.com/lucky13.ph ... dRepairers

They can fix any problems, including reed replacement.
by Brendan
Sat Nov 17, 2018 6:37 am
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Lucky 13 Paddy Richter and Tequila
Replies: 6
Views: 676

Re: Lucky 13 Paddy Richter and Tequila

Re. the upper octave, I suggest retune it to something you prefer. On my Paddy harps I retune them to Paddy Solo. Double the root note on holes 7 & 8 and lower 8, 9 blow accordingly. But leave the draw notes the same. Thus is my preferred tuning for Irish playing, but it will work well for other sty...
by Brendan
Sat Nov 17, 2018 6:29 am
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Lucky 13 & Embossing.
Replies: 7
Views: 717

Re: Lucky 13 & Embossing.

Embossing is good for any harp. I think the Lucky 13 responds well out of the box, but of course it will be even better with embossing. Regarding the extra low octave, I recommend you add valves to the first two or three holes, inside and out, especially on the lowest G key. They will do far more th...