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by Brendan
Fri Apr 21, 2017 8:50 am
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: How would you retune an Asia Bend?
Replies: 14
Views: 2766

Re: How would you retune an Asia Bend?

Oops yes, spiked fiddle :-)
by Brendan
Fri Apr 21, 2017 8:22 am
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: How would you retune an Asia Bend?
Replies: 14
Views: 2766

Re: How would you retune an Asia Bend?

I've made some myself from standard chroms in A, G and D, but presently no plans to offer the commercial model in other keys. I'd recommend the custom-tuning method at present for your student. Turkish and other Middle Eastern music sounds great on the AsiaBend. I've been playing along to the great ...
by Brendan
Fri Apr 21, 2017 8:16 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Bass Harmonica
Replies: 2
Views: 1106

Re: Bass Harmonica

The bassier ranges are certainly nice-sounding, but the usual way we get expression on a harmonica - via embouchure-induced pitch bending - cannot be used once you get below a certain point. Our mouths and tongues are simply not big enough to make the chamber alterations required. That would make lo...
by Brendan
Fri Apr 21, 2017 7:59 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Opened back harps
Replies: 1
Views: 479

Re: Opened back harps

Newer Easttop harps like the Blues Player do have open backs.
by Brendan
Fri Apr 21, 2017 7:58 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Lipped comb & Hemholtz Resonance
Replies: 6
Views: 1956

Re: Lipped comb & Hemholtz Resonance

I think there is a bit of confusion here between narrowness and length of chambers and total volume. Helmholtz Resonance Coupling is the phenomenon where the resonant frequency of the combined chamber of mouth and comb slot interacts with the pitch of the reed. If the Helmholtz resonance is lower th...
by Brendan
Sun Apr 16, 2017 3:23 pm
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Introduce yourself
Replies: 19
Views: 3317

Re: Introduce yourself

Thanks Triona! Such varied skills and interests - I enjoyed your playing too. Great to have you here on the forum :-)
by Brendan
Sun Apr 16, 2017 8:25 am
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: How would you retune an Asia Bend?
Replies: 14
Views: 2766

Re: How would you retune an Asia Bend?

The x-reeds simply need to be bent out a bit for tuning, so they have a normal gap and sound when blown. When you have them at the pitch you want return them to zero gap.

Only the blow x-reeds should be sharp, the draws tuned as you normally would.
by Brendan
Sun Apr 16, 2017 8:21 am
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Why this Forum?
Replies: 13
Views: 2876

Re: Why this Forum?

Hi Triona, thanks for your suggestion of an easy introductory board. Initially we did have many boards but now just trying to keep them down to two. But if you want to start a thread on one of the boards called "Introducing Ourselves/Myself" or similar, please feel free. Others can add to it if they...
by Brendan
Fri Apr 14, 2017 11:03 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: OVERBLOWING - Where to From Here?
Replies: 21
Views: 3257

Re: OVERBLOWING - Where to From Here?

As noted, I feel that the current 10-hole 20-reed harps, based on the iconic Hohner Marine Band design from 1896, have reached the end of their tether when it comes to their ability to give the increasing sophistication of overblow players what they need in order to fully express themselves in the f...
by Brendan
Thu Apr 13, 2017 8:53 am
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: What Would You Like to See?
Replies: 26
Views: 3544

Re: What Would You Like to See?

Thanks all for your suggestions! 'Bite-size video lessons' seem to get the thumbs up from several of you, and indeed a series of them in different areas is something I've been planning to do for a while. As mentioned, if well planned it's a good way to build up a body of related lessons that could b...