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by Brendan
Mon Sep 17, 2018 4:41 am
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Any news?
Replies: 21
Views: 287

Re: Any news?

Here's an example of what I mean:
by Brendan
Mon Sep 17, 2018 4:21 am
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Any news?
Replies: 21
Views: 287

Re: Any news?

Several of you mentioned the desirability of simplifying the reed attachment system from multiple screws to something else. I've been thinking about it too, but right now can't think of anything better. Crawford's idea of a bar pressed down at each end could work - but I imagine getting sufficient c...
by Brendan
Mon Sep 17, 2018 3:49 am
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Any news?
Replies: 21
Views: 287

Re: Any news?

You can make your own modular reed harps with a bit of effort, by slicing up regular harmonica reedplates. Like others I thought this could be a great idea and tried it a long time ago (1990) - but my test harp didn't sound good, so I gave up. However I just tested it quickly again yesterday and fou...
by Brendan
Fri Sep 14, 2018 3:23 pm
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: NEW HARPS: Lucky 13 in Solo and PowerChromatic Tunings
Replies: 19
Views: 938

Re: NEW HARPS: Lucky 13 in Solo and PowerChromatic Tunings

I meant put it near the reed when it's not in use. Eg. For the 5 raised draw in Country Tuning - you can lower the tuning lo standard Richter by sticking on the correct size dab of Blu Tack you have sitting ready nearby, back on the reed.
by Brendan
Fri Sep 14, 2018 6:28 am
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: NEW HARPS: Lucky 13 in Solo and PowerChromatic Tunings
Replies: 19
Views: 938

Re: NEW HARPS: Lucky 13 in Solo and PowerChromatic Tunings

I'm glad to hear you're getting into re-tunings of the new Solo and PowerChromatic Lucky 13 harps Sachlaw. They lend themselves to some nice options: the same tuning in different keys, alternate tunings like Diminished, or the above with small variations... Using Blu-tack is a great way to do minor ...
by Brendan
Thu Sep 13, 2018 11:39 pm
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Any news?
Replies: 21
Views: 287

Re: Any news?

Here are some photos of the modular-reed harmonica prototype.
by Brendan
Thu Sep 13, 2018 6:06 pm
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Any news?
Replies: 21
Views: 287

Re: Any news?

Hmmm... photos are not showing, will come back on this.
by Brendan
Thu Sep 13, 2018 6:02 pm
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Any news?
Replies: 21
Views: 287

Re: Any news?

I made a prototype of the single-reed reedplate harmonica today, using some concertina-type reeds sent to me by a friend (see photos). Sounds OK as-is, but it needs valving to work properly. Because the reeds are larger than normal harmonica reeds, there is a bigger gap around them for air to escape...
by Brendan
Thu Sep 13, 2018 7:52 am
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Any news?
Replies: 21
Views: 287

Re: Any news?

Thanks for asking Lizzie. There are a few main areas I'm focussing on right now: LIVE MIDI RECORDING I'm preparing to make some new instructional material (videos, books etc). A primary element of such material is music notation with associated harmonica tablature. In order to generate the tab autom...
by Brendan
Thu Sep 13, 2018 5:56 am
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Lucky13 optimized for overblows and underdraws
Replies: 1
Views: 46

Re: Lucky13 optimized for overblows and underdraws

Certainly Thomas, the Lucky 13 can be customized for overbending like any other harmonica. I recommend learning how to do it yourself, as it will give you control of the process so you can adjust the tiny details to suit your playing. Richard Sleigh makes special embossing tools and has done a serie...