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by Brendan
Sat Mar 23, 2019 7:13 pm
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Any news?
Replies: 27
Views: 6337

Re: Any news?

Wow! Thanks for the links. That guy Larry Howell is some designer/engineer! Fascinating stuff :-)
by Brendan
Sat Mar 23, 2019 1:08 pm
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Any news?
Replies: 27
Views: 6337

Re: Any news?

Actually one area I have been exploring, just for fun, is alternative approaches to damping reeds inside diatonic harmonicas to get pure sounding, loud overbends. My Overblow Booster is one way, inspired my Masaru Hashimoto's design for the Suzuki Overdrive. It encloses the reeds in outer comb chamb...
by Brendan
Tue Mar 19, 2019 6:38 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Old Swedish harmonica music (and a harmonica with bells!)
Replies: 9
Views: 153

Re: Old Swedish harmonica music (and a harmonica with bells!)

Since its related, there is some wonderful NEW Swedish and other Scandinavian harmonica music being performed and recorded beautifully by these two guys:

https://youtu.be/lkvTJceApzU
by Brendan
Tue Mar 19, 2019 6:26 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Bending very far, and quarter notes
Replies: 1
Views: 45

Re: Bending very far, and quarter notes

Its an interesting question. Actually I've been talking about this recently with Roni Eytan, who plays my Quartertone DoubleChrom. It works, but is an expensive, unwieldy beast, so I was looking for another way to give him the quarter tone options he needs in a simpler harmonica. What you can do is ...
by Brendan
Fri Mar 15, 2019 11:40 am
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Any news?
Replies: 27
Views: 6337

Re: Any news?

Hi Lizzy, All of these and more harmonica products/parts are in various stages of development, but in recent months I've been away travelling, as well as become focussed on a collaborative recording project - which is currently taking up quite a bit of time. In a general sense, discussing new produc...
by Brendan
Sat Feb 16, 2019 12:31 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Idea for slideless chromatic harp
Replies: 13
Views: 1354

Re: Idea for slideless chromatic harp

Robert: the Suzuki Overdrive gives the option to have both overblow assist and isolated-reed expression (as with valves). The SlipSlider gives isolated-reed expression on the blow notes if you slide the draw reedplate only halfway. Doing that stops the draw reeds from vibrating, because they are abo...
by Brendan
Fri Feb 15, 2019 9:27 pm
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Idea for slideless chromatic harp
Replies: 13
Views: 1354

Re: Idea for slideless chromatic harp

Another approach is to adopt a design like the Tombo S50. Pat Missin has written a good article on it and other slideless chromatics here: https://www.patmissin.com/ffaq/q24.html This requires no bending or overblowing to get a chromatic scale, though they are possible. Quite an interesting harmonic...
by Brendan
Sat Feb 02, 2019 12:26 pm
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Diatonic PowerCombs and Stealth-Valves Released
Replies: 18
Views: 6666

Re: Diatonic PowerCombs and Stealth-Valves Released

March I think. New design/type of Stealth Valve.
by Brendan
Fri Jan 25, 2019 5:11 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Pentatonic tunings
Replies: 28
Views: 7755

Re: Pentatonic tunings

Beautiful Winslow, thanks!
by Brendan
Fri Jan 25, 2019 5:04 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Memorization
Replies: 1
Views: 762

Re: Memorization

I'm an ear player. I tried teaching myself to sight read a few times over the years, and can use the dots (very slowly) to help resolve the correct notes in a certain passage, but I'll only resort to them rarely. I memorise by simple repetition, going over and over a phrase until it feels flowing an...