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by Brendan
Wed Aug 30, 2017 7:53 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: When not to use a half-valved chromatic?
Replies: 6
Views: 1942

Re: When not to use a half-valved chromatic?

Winslow: Yes, valved bending as on a stock fully-valved chrom gives you big bends, but not easily CONTROLLABLE bends. There is not a single chrom player i know who uses valved bending to get sustained notes. They just use them for colour and inflection. Nice - but nothing like the expression and ben...
by Brendan
Wed Aug 30, 2017 7:31 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Unvalved chromatic or double diatonic
Replies: 2
Views: 1248

Re: Unvalved chromatic or double diatonic

An Overblow Chromatic is a good aim and one I'm sure will come to fruition. Ideally it should be the same size as a 10-hole diatonic, because overblowers come from that background. One possibility is shown here, and will be out there very soon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xK_wXODAQ0Y&t=5s I'm in...
by Brendan
Wed Aug 30, 2017 7:19 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Diagrams of well-known tunings
Replies: 17
Views: 4350

Re: Diagrams of well-known tunings

Thanks IaNerd - very useful to see all these tunings with such a clear graphical display.
by Brendan
Wed Aug 30, 2017 7:16 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Pocket bass extended, bass with draw reeds
Replies: 3
Views: 1149

Re: Pocket bass extended, bass with draw reeds

Interesting thread! And cool clip, Boris :) As someone who has modified existing big bass harmonicas for sliders (a very tough project in design and making!) I share your and Triona's wish that they could be designed differently to be smaller and blow/draw. The big ones are so cumbersome, heavy and ...
by Brendan
Wed Aug 30, 2017 6:33 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Introduce yourself
Replies: 28
Views: 10971

Re: Introduce yourself

Hi all, I've just been reading the interesting posts about your backgrounds and interests. Thanks for contributing and being here, you all bring a lot to the discussion. Some of you I know from meeting in person, like Patrice, others from online contacts. Great to have pro players and customisers li...
by Brendan
Tue Aug 29, 2017 2:14 pm
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: PowerChromatic Demo Video with Tuning Diagrams
Replies: 4
Views: 1287

Re: PowerChromatic Demo Video with Tuning Diagrams

Good to hear from you Ed. Thanks for the extra strong points you mention - any examples? Would love to hear some of your work on PowerChromatic Tuning.
by Brendan
Mon Aug 28, 2017 9:06 am
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: What Would You Like to See?
Replies: 26
Views: 9059

Re: What Would You Like to See?

Thanks for the question Boris - apologies for the slow reply. I think the simple answer is to create stuff that people want! Preferably NEW stuff, that pushes the boundaries and gets players excited about the extended possibilities of what they could achieve if they own it. If they feel that urge, t...
by Brendan
Mon Aug 28, 2017 8:00 am
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Mind-instrument or Orientation on different harps
Replies: 4
Views: 1279

Re: Mind-instrument or Orientation on different harps

Good question. I manage by having two types of harmonicas: 1. A couple of tunings that I'm confident improvising with: PowerBender on diatonic and PowerChromatic for slide harps. 2. A larger number of specialist genre tunings where I mostly memorise tunes, and don't improvise beyond a few melodic va...
by Brendan
Sun Aug 27, 2017 7:38 pm
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: PowerChromatic Demo Video with Tuning Diagrams
Replies: 4
Views: 1287

PowerChromatic Demo Video with Tuning Diagrams

Like several others in the scene who develop specialist harmonica tunings and setups (eg. PT Gazell with his Gazell Method valves, or Tony Ayers with his Major Cross Tuning), I have a page on the Seydel website for a couple of my diatonic harp tunings: PowerBender and PowerDraw. Now we’ve added a sp...
by Brendan
Wed Aug 23, 2017 8:45 am
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: New and Unique TWIN-DIATONIC HARPS - Demo Videos
Replies: 7
Views: 3036

Re: New and Unique TWIN-DIATONIC HARPS - Demo Videos

Thanks for all the feedback everyone. I will be posting detailed videos on assembly and harp/tuning options over the next two weeks. Keep the questions/suggestions coming, there are so many possibilities these twin-diatonics can fulfil :)