P.S. My PowerCombs work great without valves too!
Now my 3D printed Hohner-10 PowerCombs add unique new features to this classic, like Valve Pockets, Personalised Name Option and the LookDot – plus 15 colours if you want them! And the same comb fits the modern derivatives of the 1896 Marine Band: the Marine Band Deluxe, Crossover, and Thunderbird low-key range.
Because of the PowerComb's Valve Pockets, all these great Hohner diatonics can be easily valved with my new Stealth-Valves. This will give you a completely new sound on these beautiful Hohner diatonics – why not try for yourself?
Now my 3D printed PowerCombs offer a way to revive those big Hohner diatonics mouldering away in your closet! They are impervious to moisture, with smooth rounded fronts for comfortable playing and slotted screw holes front and rear for easy assembly and an airtight seal. The big Hohner PowerCombs have Valve Pockets to allow easy valving with my new Stealth-Valves, a longitudinal Tuf-Strut for extra strength, come in 15 colours – and you can add your name to the treble end if you wish.
My unique LookDot is the icing on the cake – several of them in fact! Spaced out at regular logical intervals, the LookDots will help you negotiate your way around confidently on all that frontal real estate. You'll quickly come to appreciate their value as soon as you start playing.
The big Hohner diatonics come in two reed sizes: long-slot (higher keys) and short-slot (lower keys). Unlike most other custom comb makers for these great old harps (who only offer one size comb), I've designed a Universal comb with long slots, and a Short-slot comb. This stays true to the original Hohner nailed wooden comb, which came in two slot lengths.
If you don't know what size your reeds are, choose the Universal PowerComb, as it will fit all. However if you have a higher-key harp with the short reeds, then choose the Short-slot as it will play more sweetly. You can see from the video the differences in reed sizes on these harps. I encourage you to remove the coverplates and check your harp before ordering. WARNING: long-slot reeds will NOT work on the short-slot comb.
(You or a customiser will need to do the conversion from nailed to screwed fitting. Please use Hohner-size 1.6mm screws for fitting to my combs – fatter screws will require enlarging the screw holes).
My 3d printed Lucky 13 PowerCombs add unique new features to this modern classic harmonica. Hand-sanded and finished, they have smooth rounded fronts for comfortable playing, slotted screw holes front and rear for assembly to suit your preferred mouth feel, flat-sanded reedplate surfaces for an airtight seal, a Tuf-Strut for extra strength, Valve Pockets for hassle-free valving – and a Personalised Name Option.
Because of the PowerComb's Valve Pockets, the Lucky 13 can be easily valved with my new Stealth-Valves. Half-valved setup is how I play my Luckies! It allows you to keep all your bends but gives extra expression and volume on the low notes in each hole.
My unique LookDot is the icing on the cake – two of them in fact! Inspired by the location dots on guitar necks, one is placed to mark the join between the normal low octave and extra-low range, while the other is between holes 5 & 6 of the standard range. The LookDots will help you negotiate your way around confidently on that bigger frontal real estate with ease - you'll quickly come to appreciate their value as soon as you start playing!
A special video on valving the Lucky 13 is coming soon. In the meantime, see how easy it is here.
Why do it? Because the low-pitched reeds on a standard un-valved harp are quieter and have no capacity for any expression: bending and vibrato are impossible on them. Half-valve your harp and suddenly those unresponsive reeds become full of soul! They are louder, purer in tone, and you can bend and add vibrato to the notes.
Where you put the valves depends on the tuning. For a standard Richter harp you would add valves inside for the lower 6 reeds, and 4 valves outside. For PowerBender and PowerDraw, all the valves are inside and none on the outside.
Adding valves is perceived as tricky and fiddly - but it doesn't have to be! To allow more players to enjoy the benefits of half-valving, I've developed my own rugged Stealth-Valves, plus an easy way to add them to all popular harps with accuracy and confidence. Please check out the two videos showing how it works. Video 1 shows full valving, 20 valves on a 10 hole harp. Video two shows half-valving on a Richter harp, plus fitting the reedplates to one of my PowerCombs with special Valve Pockets to give the valve bases plenty of room.
The valve strips are precisely cut in the correct shape for each harmonica model. Laminated from two materials, they have a springy outer layer and a soft inner layer. They are rugged, reliable, quiet and lay flat without sticking. Once fitted you'll forget they're inside your harp - hence the name Stealth-Valves.
The Stealth-Valve Kit comes as two valve units, plus two adhesive strips, carefully packaged to keep everything flat. If you order a Stealth-Valve Kit with your PowerComb, postage costs are reduced - so we can offer a lower price per kit.
Recognising that, as a courtesy service to customers who want to order a full harp with PowerComb and Stealth-Valves installed, we do offer a small range of models. But please read and understand the following Disclaimer before you make any purchase. If you disagree with it in any way, don’t order!
If this is acceptable to you, feel free to browse the range of harps available and make a choice of comb colour and other options. We will then order the harmonica, fit the parts according to your order, and ship as soon as possible. It should be within a week after you make payment.