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by Brendan
Sat Apr 01, 2017 9:05 am
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Power Slide Adjustment?
Replies: 6
Views: 2095

Re: Power Slide Adjustment?

Hi Slim, have you checked the slide is absolutely straight? With such tight tolerances the slightest kink or bend will stop it sliding smoothly. Look along the edge from the button end and back the other way. If you see a bend, very gently tease it out by pushing lightly from the opposite side. If i...
by Brendan
Sat Apr 01, 2017 8:32 am
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Power Chromatic
Replies: 73
Views: 28258

Re: Power Chromatic

Correct Jason :-) Half-valved PowerChromatic is used exclusively on a couple of my albums in Swing/Hot Club jazz style: BP and the Swingfellas http://www.brendan-power.com/Swingfellas.php Back to Back with PT Gazell http://www.brendan-power.com/BackToBack.php Great for that stuff, as the extensive u...
by Brendan
Sat Apr 01, 2017 8:07 am
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Asia bend, Auto Valve comb and the Lucky 13!!
Replies: 20
Views: 6173

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

OK, I understand now. Yes, if you drill a small hole for the spring on the opposite side you can flip the slide over. Of course all notes will go down when you push the button, but I guess that's what you want? You can test it by playing with the slide held in and releasing to get the other notes, t...
by Brendan
Sat Apr 01, 2017 8:00 am
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: What Would You Like to See?
Replies: 26
Views: 8728

Re: What Would You Like to See?

Often the new tunings come about because I'm trying to play something in a way I hear it on another instrument and I can't. It could be an Irish fiddle decoration, or the way a Chinese Erhu can bend a long way on every note. I figure out what's missing, scribble down on a piece of paper a tuning or ...
by Brendan
Sat Apr 01, 2017 7:33 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: HAPPY ACCIDENTS: the Law of Unintended (Good) Consequences
Replies: 6
Views: 1573

Re: HAPPY ACCIDENTS: the Law of Unintended (Good) Consequences

Thanks Winslow and Triona, I've emailed Harland with both those contacts. * * * I alluded above to a couple of subsequently-discovered happy accidents in harps I created. One was in the AsiaBend, an all-draw X-Reed harmonica. A bit of background first: X-Reed types are ones where there is an extra '...
by Brendan
Fri Mar 31, 2017 6:01 am
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: How would you retune an Asia Bend?
Replies: 16
Views: 7769

Re: How would you retune an Asia Bend?

I show it there, except the Bb is called an A#.
by Brendan
Fri Mar 31, 2017 5:43 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: OVERBLOWING - Where to From Here?
Replies: 21
Views: 8650

Re: "OVERBLOWING - Where to From Here?" - a Thought Experiment.

Richard: nice to see you here. You make a great point: harmonica reeds were never designed for overbending, just good normal playing. Maybe dedicated research might discover some optimal alternative reed shape (forked end, rounded end, taper out or in etc) or width-to-length ratio that makes reeds o...
by Brendan
Thu Mar 30, 2017 10:47 pm
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Power Chromatic
Replies: 73
Views: 28258

Re: Power Chromatic

You can of course play in every key in half-valved PowerChromatic. It's actually easier than on fully valved Solo, as there are so many bend-enharmonics: bent notes that are the same as the slide notes. This gives lots of extra options for playing tricky phrases, and a more legato feel than you get ...
by Brendan
Thu Mar 30, 2017 12:58 pm
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Why this Forum?
Replies: 16
Views: 8528

Re: Why this Forum?

Thanks for the info Patrice. You do so many good things for the French harmonica scene :-)
by Brendan
Thu Mar 30, 2017 10:57 am
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: How would you retune an Asia Bend?
Replies: 16
Views: 7769

Re: How would you retune an Asia Bend?

I'm glad people are thinking of alt tunings for the AsiaBend. I already have a few myself, including Pentatonic and Arabic. It's not hard to retune, and Bebop would be easy. When retuning the X-Reeds (blow reeds set with no gap), you need to open the gap (raise the tip of the reed) so they sound, an...