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by Brendan
Fri Jan 29, 2021 2:50 pm
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Making a C#/ D 260 from a C harp
Replies: 3
Views: 644

Re: Making a C#/ D 260 from a C harp

I'd just tune the top plate up a whole step - that's the way I've done it in the past.
by Brendan
Fri Jan 29, 2021 2:48 pm
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Help on altered 12 solo tuning
Replies: 4
Views: 954

Re: Help on altered 12 solo tuning

It is a reasonably established tuning for chromatic harmonicas, used by at least a couple of well known players: William Galison and Long Deng Jie. Check them out on YouTube to hear it in action.

It's generally called Major 6th Tuning.
by Brendan
Thu Jan 28, 2021 2:10 pm
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Fully valves vs half valved survey
Replies: 4
Views: 1272

Re: Fully valves vs half valved survey

Comparing the sound of half-valved and fully-valved chromatics is an interesting idea... Choosing the same tune helps give a comparison. I assume my version was this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_esTDXMMts Which recording of David's did you select? The only caveat I'd add would be that, in ...
by Brendan
Sat Jan 16, 2021 12:25 pm
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: HARMONICA SOUNDBITES - Daily Videos in January
Replies: 1
Views: 793

Re: HARMONICA SOUNDBITES - Daily Videos in January

Oops! A typical New Year's Resolution that didn't go the distance... :-( After a fiery start, I got distracted by workshop projects again! I'm not good at multi-tasking between recording music/videos and tech Rn'D: both of them are very time-hungry and tend to consume all my available brain cells wh...
by Brendan
Sat Jan 02, 2021 4:19 pm
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: HARMONICA SOUNDBITES - Daily Videos in January
Replies: 1
Views: 793

HARMONICA SOUNDBITES - Daily Videos in January

Happy New Year my Friends... Let's hope it turns out to be! Like most of you I'm sure, occasionally I've idly scrolled through the zany world of TikTok videos! I was intrigued to try out the ultra-short video format myself, to see what I could meaningfully play on the harmonica in 15 seconds or less...
by Brendan
Thu Dec 17, 2020 9:07 am
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Introducing the GASKET-VALVE System
Replies: 37
Views: 23370

Re: Introducing the GASKET-VALVE System

Hi peeps, just checking in to say I'm still on this (see my other thread on all things valve related). I'm on a quest to find the perfect single valve material - the Holy Grail. A fool's errand some would say, but I'm certainly finding it fascinating and learning a lot. In the meantime my current in...
by Brendan
Thu Dec 17, 2020 8:52 am
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Valve Shapes & Materials
Replies: 5
Views: 1817

Re: Valve Shapes & Materials

I'm still at it! Have ordered all kinds of materials to try on their own, or laminated together. Been talking to my engineer friend Zombor Kovacs about valves too - he's done extensive study of this vexing topic for his brilliant ExtraBend harp. He finally concluded, like all the manufacturers, that...
by Brendan
Thu Dec 17, 2020 8:50 am
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Valve Shapes & Materials
Replies: 5
Views: 1817

Re: Valve Shapes & Materials

I'm still at it! Have ordered all kinds of materials to try on their own, or laminated together. Been talking to my engineer friend Zombor Kovacs about valves too - he's done extensive study of this vexing topic for his brilliant ExtraBend harp. He finally concluded, like all the manufacturers, that...
by Brendan
Thu Dec 17, 2020 8:26 am
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Lucky 13 in Diminished Tuning - Just Released
Replies: 15
Views: 4393

Re: Lucky 13 in Diminished Tuning - Just Released

Of course I would say this, but I think you'll like the Lucky 13 version. The bends are easy and it's half-valved all the way. And quite a bit less expensive 🙂
by Brendan
Mon Dec 07, 2020 5:15 am
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Introducing the GASKET-VALVE System
Replies: 37
Views: 23370

Re: Introducing the GASKET-VALVE System

Thanks vesuviation and others here for your comments. The diatonic Gasket-Valves were originally tested with a slightly different material to the one currently used - I wonder if that could be a contributing factor. I have the new material in my Lucky 13 harps and it's working well, but I'll do anot...