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by Brendan
Thu Oct 11, 2018 4:24 pm
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: urgently searched sparepart
Replies: 10
Views: 2251

Re: urgently searched sparepart

Very sorry for my slow reply to this Triona, but it's good news: the two harps have exactly the same construction. So parts will swap perfectly between them.
by Brendan
Sat Oct 06, 2018 6:17 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: My modular chord harmonica
Replies: 12
Views: 2419

Re: My modular chord harmonica

I understand about the aim of getting adjacent notes in fifths, but how does it look in terms of hole numbers and blow and draw notes on the Big Six?
by Brendan
Sun Sep 30, 2018 8:34 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: My modular chord harmonica
Replies: 12
Views: 2419

Re: My modular chord harmonica

Nice one, Alan! I like the simple design and use of magnets for quick changes - they are wonderful things :-) With a design like that I assume you must have printed with supports?

BTW can you remind us of your BE GooD tuning?
by Brendan
Sat Sep 29, 2018 6:10 am
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Melody Maker vs Paddy Richter
Replies: 9
Views: 1931

Re: Melody Maker vs Paddy Richter

I'm developing a new valve; have some in my own harps, road testing them to see how they stand up over time. I'm off to India for most of October. Assuming all is well they will be out late Oct/early Nov.
by Brendan
Tue Sep 25, 2018 5:41 am
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Melody Maker vs Paddy Richter
Replies: 9
Views: 1931

Re: Melody Maker vs Paddy Richter

Solo is excellent for Irish music. I suggest 3/4 valving: all valves on the inside, plus outside valves on the even-numbered holes: 2,4,6,8,10. Paddy Richter is best half-valved Personally I use a mix of Solo and Paddy Richter: PR in the bottom octave and Solo higher up, Paddy Solo. It has some good...
by Brendan
Mon Sep 24, 2018 5:54 am
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: NEW HARPS: Lucky 13 in Solo and PowerChromatic Tunings
Replies: 28
Views: 6173

Re: NEW HARPS: Lucky 13 in Solo and PowerChromatic Tunings

Thanks for making the video, Ed - good to hear you getting around chromatically on that thing :-) Re. requests for an Ab PowerChromatic: for now the official versions are just D and G until we see how demand develops. However, for those who want them, the regular harps can be easily retuned to other...
by Brendan
Sat Sep 22, 2018 2:23 am
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Harmonicas with Modular Reedplates
Replies: 15
Views: 3222

Re: Harmonicas with Modular Reedplates

Indeed Alan, that's exactly the stuff I'm mulling over. A modular reedplate system opens up a lot of possibilities, but also many questions! One way to keep the cost down for buyers is to sell sets of reeds and ancillary parts that can be attached easily to existing harmonicas. Taking the Special 20...
by Brendan
Fri Sep 21, 2018 2:18 am
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Harmonicas with Modular Reedplates
Replies: 15
Views: 3222

Re: Harmonicas with Modular Reedplates

Thanks for your thoughts on this. Though I've always loved the idea, and it's a fun challenge to turn it into a practical reality, the more I think of it, the less I can see much initial demand for general playing. Your comments tend to confirm that. Certainly it would be handy for trying out differ...
by Brendan
Thu Sep 20, 2018 7:45 am
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Harmonicas with Modular Reedplates
Replies: 15
Views: 3222

Harmonicas with Modular Reedplates

This is another topic first discussed in the Any News thread. I've been doing some testing of the idea, and am getting closer to the point where I think it could be practical to offer modular reedplate harps for sale. Not definite yet, but it's looking more possible. But this is unlike anything I've...
by Brendan
Wed Sep 19, 2018 5:35 pm
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Natural Minor Lucky 13's and New Case?
Replies: 5
Views: 1978

Re: Natural Minor Lucky 13's and New Case?

Retuning becomes very fast with practice and the right tools. You could do the change in under 5 minutes from full assembled to reassembled and ready to play if you learn the skills.