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DIATONIC POWER-COMBS!

Since they were first introduced a couple of years ago, my 3D printed PowerCombs for chromatic harmonicas have received an enthusiastic reception from players (see Feedback). Diatonic harmonica combs are far simpler to design and make, but there were already so many custom 10-hole combs on the market that it seemed pointless putting out yet another copy of the basic sandwich comb design. I never aim to produce something that simply looks nice: it has to offer something new and special compared to what's already out there. After much experimentation, I'm now proud to offer a range of diatonic PowerCombs that fulfil this essential criterion in several ways. They are mostly for 10-hole harps in popular brands, but I also make them for the Hohner 12/14 hole diatonics and my 13-hole Lucky 13. Here's what sets them apart:

3D PRINTED

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These are the world's first 3D printed diatonic harmonica combs commercially available for a wide variety of models. Made from the same ABS plastic used in factory injection-moulded harmonica combs, they are food-safe, tough and durable. They're about the same weight as the equivalent Hohner pearwood comb, with a similar compressibility and sound. The rear and sides of the comb retain the 3D printed texture, but the front is finished to a smooth rounded surface for mouth comfort and speed.

THE LOOK-DOT!

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All stringed instruments have location markers in the form of white dots that allow players to orient themselves on the instrument with a quick glance. Now my LookDot adds this super-handy feature to diatonic harmonica combs, for the first time. It's amazing how useful you will find this unique feature of my custom PowerCombs once you try it!

PERSONALISED NAME OPTION

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For an extra fee, we can add your own name or a word of your choice on the right-hand end of my PowerCombs. There is not much space so the name you choose is restricted to 5 letters in UPPER CASE for legibility (if you're called Terence, choose TERRY instead!).

FIFTEEN COLOURS

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One of the great things about 3D printing is the huge range of filament colours available. We offer black and white as standard, but for a small charge per comb you can choose an extra 10 normal colours and 3 fluorescent ones: 15 altogether! This way you can easily colour-code your harps for different keys. It's so practical, and a lot of fun looking down at a colourful box of harps. Life doesn't have to be just shades of brown...

VALVE POCKETS

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In 1980 I invented the half-valved harmonica, both diatonic and chromatic. Half-valving allows bluesy interactive reed bending on the high notes in each hole whilst adding soulful valved bending expression on the low notes. On a typical Richter harp, that means you can now add bending and vibrato to the blow notes holes 1-6 and draw notes holes 7-10. Increasing numbers of players are keen to try it, but most existing diatonic combs don't give enough room for adding valves. The integrated Valve Pockets at the rear of all chambers on my new PowerCombs allow you to add valves to your favourite harps with ease, in all 10 holes!

STEALTH-VALVE KITS

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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 go to the Valving page for more details and video instruction. If you order a Stealth-Valve Kit with your PowerComb, postage costs are reduced - so we can offer a lower price per kit.

SLOTTED SCREW-HOLES

Diatonic PowerCombs
Slotted holes allow the player to assemble my PowerCombs to the front mouth feel they prefer, with the reedplates set either slightly back or forward. This is an innovation I first introduced in 2012 on the BMH30 X-Reed harmonica comb, and I'm happy to now include it on all my custom diatonic combs.

THE TUF-STRUT

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Like the traditional pearwood combs they replace, my 3D printed PowerCombs have a grain that runs along the length of the comb. As with a wood comb it is possible to break the tines off if you apply sideways pressure. To counteract the possibility of mishandling and add overall strength I've added a stabilising bar I call the Tuf-Strut, midway through the tines on the longer combs (Lucky 13 plus Hohner 12 & 14 hole models). Less than 1mm thick, it doesn't affect playability at all - but you can cut it out if you wish.

FLAT SANDED

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My combs are flat sanded in a 3 stage process on certified-flat granite blocks. 3D printing does impart a small curve to the combs, but they're flexible and will conform to the reedplate surfaces when assembled, for a perfect seal. You won't see any light gaps when you look through the rear of my combs.


P.S. My PowerCombs work great without valves too!

Hohner 10 Hole Models - Marine Band, Marine Band Deluxe, Crossover, Thunderbird

The 1896 Hohner Marine Band defined the look and tuning of the world's most popular instrument: the 10-hole diatonic harmonica. The original model is still produced largely unchanged, with nailed construction and raw pearwood comb. The most customised harp of all, it benefits greatly from a custom comb and conversion to screwed assembly.

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?

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Initial orders will be a little slow as we build up stock. All orders will be posted by the end of September in the sequence they were received.

Diatonic Hohner 10 Combs

Base Price: £30
Price decreases with multiple buy

Name on Comb (up to five letters):

Colour:

Stealth-Valve Kit:



Valve Scissors £20 Add to Cart

Suzuki 10 Hole Models – Manji, Low Manji, Hammond, Fabulous, Olive, Promaster (valved and standard)

Suzuki 10-hole harps have earned an enviable reputation for hard-gigging reliability. The first to introduce welded reeds, Suzuki is a leader in applying high-tech features to their harmonicas. For those who love Suzuki harps, my 3D printed PowerCombs add unique new features to their popular diatonic models - like Valve Pockets, Personalised Name Option and the LookDot – plus 15 colours if you want them! Because of the PowerComb's Valve Pockets, ALL Suzuki diatonics can be easily valved with my new Stealth-Valves.
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Pre-order now!
Initial orders will be a little slow as we build up stock. All orders will be posted by the end of September in the sequence they were received.

Diatonic Suzuki 10 Combs

Base Price: £30
Price decreases with multiple buy

Name on Comb (up to five letters):

Colour:

Stealth-Valve Kit:



Valve Scissors £20 Add to Cart

Hohner 12 & 14 Hole Harps – Hohner 364, Hohner 365, and SBS (Steve Baker Special)

The Big Beasts of the diatonic harmonica world, Hohner's 12 and 14 hole models have a beautiful sound and extended range that appeals to many. However their raw pearwood combs tend to swell and warp, and the nailed construction does not help with disassembly. Both these factors make them less than user-friendly.

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).

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Pre-order now!
Initial orders will be a little slow as we build up stock. All orders will be posted by the end of September in the sequence they were received.

Diatonic Hohner 12 Combs

Base Price: £30
Price decreases with multiple buy

Name on Comb (up to five letters):

Reed Slot Length:

Colour:

Stealth-Valve Kit:



Valve Scissors £20 Add to Cart

LUCKY 13 PowerCombs and Stealth-Valves!

The Lucky 13 was released in August 2016, and has already gained many thousands of fans around the world. Exactly a year later the range was expanded to include Paddy Richter in C, G, D keys, plus PowerBender and Power Draw tunings in all 12 keys. Hot on their heels are some exciting custom options for all Lucky 13 harmonicas: PowerCombs and Stealth-Valves.

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.

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Pre-order now!
Initial orders will be a little slow as we build up stock. All orders will be posted by the end of September in the sequence they were received.

Diatonic Lucky 13 Combs

Base Price: £30
Price decreases with multiple buy

Name on Comb (up to five letters):

Colour:

Stealth-Valve Kit:



Valve Scissors £20 Add to Cart

STEALTH-VALVE KITS - Fast and Easy valving for Diatonic Harmonicas

I invented half-valving in 1980, and have played all my harps (diatonics and chromatics) that way ever since. Half-valving means that half the reeds in your harmonica are valve-affected - the low-pitched reeds in each chamber. That leaves the high-pitched reeds to bend as normal.

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.

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VALVE SCISSORS

My notched Valve Scissors simplify and speed up accurate cutting of the installed valves to length, as shown in the videos. They can be ordered as an optional extra.
Pre-order now!
Initial orders will be a little slow as we build up stock. All orders will be posted by the end of September in the sequence they were received.

Stealth-Valve Kit £17

HARMONICA MODEL:


Valve Scissors £20

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Pre-Built 10-Hole Harps with PowerCombs & Valves!

My focus these days is on design of new harmonica parts and accessories for customers to fit themselves, or for pro harmonica-techs to fit for customers (We list a bunch of good harp-techs here ). My PowerCombs and Stealth-Valves are in that category: parts that you fit yourself, or pay someone to fit for you. But many customers don’t have the skills or the inclination to fit parts themselves, and don’t want to wait till a harp-tech has the time to do the job. They just want to buy harmonicas pre-assembled.

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!

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DISCLAIMER

These are brand new harmonicas, not customised in any way. We don't do any reed work or tuning, simply assembly with our parts and a check the harp is working properly before shipping. Our liability lies with the parts we make, the comb and the valves, according to our usual Terms and Conditions. Any other issues the harmonica may develop over time (jammed or broken reed, detuning etc) are not our responsibility - you'll need to get repairs done yourself, or pay someone to do it. Ordering an assembled harp here means that you understand and accept these terms and conditions.

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.

Pre-order now!
Initial orders will be a little slow as we build up stock. All orders will be posted by the end of September in the sequence they were received.

HARMONICA MODEL:

Name on Comb (up to five letters):

Comb Colour:

Key:


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