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by Brendan
Sat Mar 25, 2017 9:13 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: HAPPY ACCIDENTS: the Law of Unintended (Good) Consequences
Replies: 6
Views: 1125

HAPPY ACCIDENTS: the Law of Unintended (Good) Consequences

We all know the story of how Richter tuning, created by a German in the 19th Century to play oom-pah music on the harmonica in 1st position, turned out to be magically wonderful for playing wailing , soulful Blues music when the harp was played in the 'wrong' key. 2nd Position blues harp was born, a...
by Brendan
Sat Mar 25, 2017 8:08 am
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Why this Forum?
Replies: 14
Views: 5126

Re: Why this Forum?

Thanks drumonica. If you don't mind me asking, what's your area of interest?
by Brendan
Sat Mar 25, 2017 1:47 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Anyone Playing the Turboslide?
Replies: 6
Views: 1448

Anyone Playing the Turboslide?

Jim Antaki is someone I admire: a true harmonica innovator who has a day job as a world-renowned biomedical engineer. He's created many original harmonica products, and has been working for more than 20 years on his ELX electric harmonica: a Special 20 with optical sensors under the covers that sens...
by Brendan
Sat Mar 25, 2017 1:23 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: New Models from the Big Manufacturers
Replies: 13
Views: 5060

Re: New Models from the Big Manufacturers

We got a glimpse of Seydel's new 16 hole chromatic at the NAMM Show - hopefully it will officially see the light of day at Frankfurt.
by Brendan
Sat Mar 25, 2017 1:17 am
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Why this Forum?
Replies: 14
Views: 5126

Why this Forum?

Hello friends! This Forum is for intelligent discussion on all things innovative and different with respect to harmonicas. There are two main boards: Brendan’s Custom Harmonicas, Tunings etc is devoted to my stuff in all its forms: harps, tunings, books, recordings etc. Since my custom harps and tun...
by Brendan
Fri Mar 24, 2017 11:52 pm
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Power Chromatic
Replies: 60
Views: 11665

Re: Power Chromatic

Thanks Gary, a similarly afflicted alt tunings junkie like myself. Though you have it worse, I think... ;) PowerChromatic is designed for half-valved setup, as it allows semitone bends on all draw notes for easy chromatic playing with bends. I often use half-valved PowerChromatic in the Mixolydian p...
by Brendan
Fri Mar 24, 2017 11:26 pm
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Asia bend, Auto Valve comb and the Lucky 13!!
Replies: 20
Views: 3968

Re: Asia bend, Auto Valve comb and the Lucky 13!!

Thanks Cathal. Yes, Easy Thirds tuning would be a good option for the Lucky 13 for sure :) For those not familiar with it, Easy Thirds duplicates holes 4/5/6 of the 10 hole-diatonic lower down. So on a C Lucky 13 it would be: BLOW C E G - C E G C E G C E G C HOLE 1 2 3 - 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 DRAW D ...
by Brendan
Fri Mar 24, 2017 11:25 pm
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Lucky 13 in PowerBender, PowerDraw & Paddy Richter
Replies: 36
Views: 10801

Re: Lucky 13 in PowerBender, PowerDraw & Paddy Richter

Hi Jomiba, it's coming soon. It will be double Paddy Richter of course: Paddy Richter in both of the two low octaves. I've used that myself for quite a while in a custom-tuned version of the Hohner 365. Here is a video where you can hear Double Paddy Richter in D: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mf5...
by Brendan
Fri Mar 24, 2017 10:39 pm
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: New Models from the Big Manufacturers
Replies: 13
Views: 5060

Re: New Models from the Big Manufacturers

Suzuki had a very fertile period of development and innovation for about 5 years during the period I was working for them. All the chromatics were upgraded to the V2 lipped comb type, with several new models added: Fabulous, G-48, Sirius, and the Manji, Olive, SUB30 in diatonics. Just the low Manjis...
by Brendan
Fri Mar 24, 2017 6:25 pm
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Hohner 270
Replies: 3
Views: 1164

Re: Hohner 270

Thanks Ivan. I did make lipped versions of the 270 PowerComb for a while (photos are still up on my website: http://www.brendan-power.com/combs-hohner.php#lipped), but they were tricky to print and sand so I discontinued them However you could glue your Hohner slider assembly backplate on to the fro...