PowerBender versus PowerDraw

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FastFouier
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PowerBender versus PowerDraw

Post by FastFouier » Sat Apr 07, 2018 5:59 am

I'm an intermediate harp player - I can do all the draw bends on 1-6 and blow bends on 7-10. I have read the description of the PowerBender and PowerDraw on this web site, and am trying to understand the difference. Question number 1: in both cases, what's the difference between the "un-valved" and "half-valved" versions? Does one have a slider and the other not have one? Seriously, I don't understand what these terms mean.

Question number 2 (assuming I can understand the answer to the first question): my understanding is that the PowerDraw is just like a normal diatonic on holes 1-6, but that the bends on holes 7-10 are done by drawing instead of blowing (as with the normal diatonic). Sounds great! But then, what exactly does the PowerBender do, and why would someone choose the PowerBender over the PowerDraw? This really isn't explained very well on the web site. Can you direct me to any other source of information about the two choices? There should really be a page that begins with "I'm a standard diatonic player and I want to decide whether to purchase a PowerBender or a PowerDraw. How should I choose?"

Thanks.

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Re: PowerBender versus PowerDraw

Post by IaNerd » Sat Apr 07, 2018 4:45 pm

FastFouier: You might find this helpful: viewtopic.php?f=7&t=169

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Re: PowerBender versus PowerDraw

Post by FastFouier » Sat Apr 07, 2018 5:03 pm

Thanks - that is helpful. But what do the numbers next to the notes in first (diatonic) diagram mean?

Also, I get the point of the PowerDraw - the blow notes on holes 7-10 are lower than the draw notes, just as in holes 1-6. But what is the logic behind the PowerBender? And again, why would you choose one over the other?

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Re: PowerBender versus PowerDraw

Post by IaNerd » Sat Apr 07, 2018 6:26 pm

Most 88-key pianos start with the lowest key/tone designated as A0. The first C is C1, the next C is C2, and so on. A "regular-C" harmonica starts with a C4 note, also known as "middle C". But variations such as "low C" (starting at C3) and "high C" (starting at C5) can be purchased. In my diagrams, I try to show what octave of a tuning is most likely.

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Re: PowerBender versus PowerDraw

Post by IaNerd » Sat Apr 07, 2018 6:35 pm

PowerDraw is a departure from standard Richter tuning. It "corrects" what can be viewed as problems or limitations of Richter, ultimately to make various forms of expression easier and/or feasible. PowerBender takes that concept further still, and is even less similar to Richter.

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