A family of new modded-Richter tunings

Anything apart from the two mainstream default harmonicas (Solo-tuned fully-valved chromatic, and un-valved Richter 10-hole diatonic). Alternate tunings, different construction, new functionality, interesting old designs, wishful-thinking... whatever!
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Re: A family of new modded-Richter tunings

Post by IaNerd » Wed Mar 20, 2019 3:24 pm

To add a bit of complexity to the tuning above, we can raise the 5 blow by three semitones.

By the way, I see that there is a continuous Gmin chord from 3 to 10 in the draw layer. Please feel free to suggest ways that, within this tuning, that strip of Gmin harmony could be useful.

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Re: A family of new modded-Richter tunings

Post by IaNerd » Sat Mar 23, 2019 3:19 pm

Here are two more elaborate versions of the Tue Mar 19, 2019 2:29 pm (above).

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Re: A family of new modded-Richter tunings

Post by IaNerd » Sun Mar 24, 2019 4:04 pm

The tuning shown here viewtopic.php?f=9&t=212&start=80#p2056 (above) has a repeating pattern in holes 5-7 and 8-10. We can therefore delete holes 8-10, resulting in a loss of tonal range but no loss in function.

This 7-hole tuning is too large for a Seydel Big Six. But it would be perfect in a Kongsheng Baby Fat.

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Re: A family of new modded-Richter tunings

Post by IaNerd » Mon Dec 23, 2019 2:45 pm

The tuning just above would certainly work. But as a re-tuning project, it involves moving the 7 draw upwards by three semitones. Maintaining Richter's reversed breath pattern for that hole makes the re-tuning easier.

Using stock Kongsheng Baby Fats, the following re-tunings are possible:
Stock F becomes new G "blues". (This is, however, in a high register.)
Stock D becomes new E "blues".
Stock C becomes new D "blues".
Stock Bb becomes new C "blues".
Stock A becomes new B "blues". (Not the most useful blues key.)
Stock G becomes new A "blues". This one is nice and low.


UPDATE, December 26, 2019: Yesterday I attempted the A-becomes-B re-tuning as above. I failed at re-tuning the 7 blow down a full two semitones, which was disappointing. The rest of the harp played very well, though. I like this alternate tuning and will likely ask Kongsheng to prepare some for me, especially in the keys of A, C, D and E. If Kongsheng ever develops low enough reeds for the Baby Fat, I would also like to get this tuning in "Low" (for this tuning) G, i.e. converted from a stock tuning of Low F (which does not yet exist).

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Re: A family of new modded-Richter tunings

Post by IaNerd » Thu Jan 02, 2020 2:12 pm

As I stated in the UPDATE just above, that concept might be a very good tuning, but as a re-tuning project its 7 blow note is problematic (for me, at least).

Here I recast that idea into a ten-hole format, and the problem of the re-tuning the 7 blow disappears. I have ordered a Kongsheng Mars (my first) in Low F to test this. I will report back later.

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