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by harpdog123
Sat Jul 29, 2017 10:34 pm
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: A cupping back for easier chromatic cupping
Replies: 1
Views: 2035

A cupping back for easier chromatic cupping

Here's a test I've devised to determine whether this smaller back on a chromatic will affect volume and tone. To my ears its a subtle difference if any.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3HMytnkfpfA&t=45s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_31pnSLcWYY

David Pearce
by harpdog123
Thu Jul 27, 2017 6:00 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: The Pogomatic Harmonica has arrived
Replies: 0
Views: 2607

The Pogomatic Harmonica has arrived

I've got 19 ready to go. Here are the benefits: 1. An open cross-tuned slider. (I've done lots of A/B comparisons between slides with small holes and slides with larger holes. Larger holes enhance vibrations and harmonics. Smaller holes dampen them.) 2. Airtight mouthpiece slide assembly sealed by m...
by harpdog123
Wed Jul 26, 2017 2:09 pm
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Seydel PowerChromatics now Available!
Replies: 3
Views: 3171

Re: Seydel PowerChromatics now Available!

You're playing on "Swing Fellas" with the Power Chromatic tuning is brilliant.

David Pearce
by harpdog123
Wed Jul 26, 2017 1:13 pm
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Paddy Richter Bend Tuning
Replies: 1
Views: 2517

Paddy Richter Bend Tuning

This is my favorite tuning for my half-valved chromatic. I think it does a great job of splitting the difference between diatonic and chromatic. I can play blues and melodies. Holes 1-6 are regular Paddy Richter, but the notes for holes 3-6 are repeated in holes 7-10. Holes 11 &12 repeat the pattern...
by harpdog123
Wed Jul 26, 2017 12:29 pm
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Rampless Chromatic Comb
Replies: 14
Views: 8943

Re: Rampless Chromatic Comb

Thanks for letting me know Brendan! If you have any suggestions for a catchy name let me know. I hope to have something to sell in the very near future. I'll keep you updated on my progress.
by harpdog123
Thu Jun 15, 2017 2:20 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Rampless Chromatic Comb
Replies: 14
Views: 8943

Re: Rampless Chromatic Comb

The action is very smooth. I'd say it's a bit more slippery and light than my East top chromatic, and because the slide is made of pure PTFE/Teflon there are no issues with the slide sticking. I'm in the bad habit of playing while I'm drinking coffee with cream and sugar and wine and all that crud n...
by harpdog123
Wed Jun 14, 2017 4:24 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Rampless Chromatic Comb
Replies: 14
Views: 8943

Re: Rampless Chromatic Comb

You nailed it. It's a quirky design with a rubber mouthpiece that rests directly on a PTFE/Teflon slide. The rubber mouthpiece is my simple method of creating an airtight mouthpiece assembly.
by harpdog123
Mon Jun 12, 2017 3:51 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Rampless Chromatic Comb
Replies: 14
Views: 8943

Re: Rampless Chromatic Comb

Just got a batch from the machinist. This is the first time I've used a machinist and I am thrilled with the results!
by harpdog123
Thu Apr 27, 2017 1:48 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Rampless Chromatic Comb
Replies: 14
Views: 8943

Re: Rampless Chromatic Comb

Hi Winslow, When I say ramps I mean the angled face that many chromatic combs have in the reed chamber like this. What is the purpose of these angled faces? I assume that it facilitates airflow into the reed chamber, but in the testing of my prototypes I haven't noticed a difference between an angle...
by harpdog123
Wed Apr 26, 2017 5:38 pm
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Rampless Chromatic Comb
Replies: 14
Views: 8943

Rampless Chromatic Comb

I've designed a chromatic comb without ramps. I've tested some prototypes and I didn't notice a difference between ramped and rampless combs. What would be the negative effect of a rampless comb? Would the hard edges of a rampless reed chamber add noise when a player breathed into it? (I've attached...