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by Brendan
Thu May 04, 2017 8:20 am
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Currently available paddy richter harmonica
Replies: 11
Views: 6866

Re: Currently available paddy richter harmonica

I meant later THIS month... :-) Apologies for the delay. This is just one of a slew of new harp models I have coming out soon and I'm reorganising my systems to improve production efficiency. I want to get everything in place before the first release, and various preparatory steps (writing patents, ...
by Brendan
Thu May 04, 2017 5:43 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Pentatonic Harmonica
Replies: 2
Views: 1383

Re: Pentatonic Harmonica

The Pentatonic scale is a lot of fun. The minor pentatonic uses the same notes as the major but starts on the sixth note of the scale. In 1st position it could look like this:: CD. EG. AB. CD. EG. AB. Repeat up the harp Essentially my Paddy Richter bottom end repeated in all octaves. It's not strict...
by Brendan
Tue May 02, 2017 2:54 pm
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Midi harmonica dm48
Replies: 27
Views: 9066

Re: Midi harmonica dm48

Set Solo Assist to 20, that will help with clear single notes.
by Brendan
Sun Apr 30, 2017 11:28 pm
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Midi harmonica dm48
Replies: 27
Views: 9066

Re: Midi harmonica dm48

Chis Hein has a chromatic harmonica MIDI patch set out:

https://www.bestservice.de/en/chris_hei ... onica.html

Erik Lekholm has tried it on the DM48, sounds good. Though to me the point of a MIDI harmonica is NOT to sound like a harmonica: I have plenty of traditional ones for that.
by Brendan
Sun Apr 30, 2017 11:23 pm
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Rampless Chromatic Comb
Replies: 14
Views: 4447

Re: Rampless Chromatic Comb

Looks like the Easttop brass chromatic combs, David :-) They have the integral front lip also. You must have access to a nice CNC machine to make your design, if you're doing it in metal. Comb ramps should rightly be called Tate Ramps, because Douglas Tate was the one to invent them. All they do is ...
by Brendan
Sat Apr 22, 2017 8:23 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: The need for valves.
Replies: 8
Views: 2468

Re: The need for valves.

In my experience Nick, it's best to take valves off standard Solo-tuned chromatics in a selective manner. The valves that cause sticking problems are the outside ones, due to condensation from your breath on the reedplates holding the valves down with capillary attraction. Trimming the outside valve...
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: 16
Views: 8358

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: 16
Views: 8358

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: 4028

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: 1079

Re: Opened back harps

Newer Easttop harps like the Blues Player do have open backs.