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by karl.nilsson
Wed Feb 06, 2019 10:18 pm
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Double harmonic custom tuning.
Replies: 5
Views: 1405

Re: Double harmonic custom tuning.

Looks really interesting! You might want to consider retuning 2 draw two semitones down, from E to D, as the E is already represented at 3 blow, and it would make the chord on the draw notes more consistent, Bb7 ( Bb | D | F | G# ). I really had to look up this tuning, I found this on http://musicia...
by karl.nilsson
Wed Jan 30, 2019 9:46 pm
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Diatonic PowerCombs and Stealth-Valves Released
Replies: 23
Views: 8976

Re: Diatonic PowerCombs and Stealth-Valves Released

Hi Brendan,

Just wondering when your stealth-valve kits, especially for the Easttop 10 hole, will be up for sale again?

Cheers,
Karl
by karl.nilsson
Sun Jan 13, 2019 3:32 pm
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: My modular chord harmonica
Replies: 12
Views: 5253

Re: My modular chord harmonica

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by karl.nilsson
Wed Dec 12, 2018 5:47 pm
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Spanish tuning
Replies: 14
Views: 5680

Re: Spanish tuning

An easier way is probably to retune any Richter-tuned harp, maybe with a small modification in the upper octave. Example with C Richter, converted to B/C spanish tuning: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Hole C E G C E G C E G C Keep the blow plate as is D G B D F A B D F A Original draw plate D# F# B D# F# B D#...
by karl.nilsson
Mon Dec 03, 2018 8:03 pm
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Spanish tuning
Replies: 14
Views: 5680

Re: Spanish tuning

A possible way of creating a Spanish tuning might be to combine two reedplates from two different harps, and a little re-tuning. The upper plate could come from any Richter harp blow-plate, unmodified. The lower plate could come from another Richter harp which would have to be altered. Examining exi...
by karl.nilsson
Sun Nov 25, 2018 12:38 pm
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Health concerns regarding materials in harmonicas?
Replies: 7
Views: 2752

Re: Health concerns regarding materials in harmonicas?

Very good observations, Edwin. Thanks for such a thorough review! Some of your thoughts mentioned have crossed my mind. I did get lead-free solder, and I have thought about avoiding inhaling metal from microscopic filing residues, but that's about it. Inhaling blu-tack comes to mind right now. Anywa...
by karl.nilsson
Thu Nov 22, 2018 8:47 pm
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Lucky 13 Paddy Richter and Tequila
Replies: 6
Views: 2637

Re: Lucky 13 Paddy Richter and Tequila

CD EG AB CD EF GA CB CD EF GA

is the layout for Paddy Solo, as stated by Brendan here: http://brendan-power.com/harpgeeks.php

which means that blow holes 8-9-10 should be lowered from E-G-C to C-E-G, respectively, compared to Paddy Richter.
by karl.nilsson
Thu May 31, 2018 8:03 pm
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Pentatonic harmonica
Replies: 13
Views: 5946

Re: Pentatonic harmonica

If I ever get confused with transposition between keys (happens every once in a while), I just print out the following image (because I lost the paper from last time I used it) and cut along the dotted line. Then I move the upper part relative to the lower and it comes out quite clear: transpose.png...
by karl.nilsson
Tue May 15, 2018 2:23 pm
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Spanish tuning
Replies: 14
Views: 5680

Re: Spanish tuning

Brendan wrote:
Tue May 15, 2018 7:29 am
This tuning lends itself to lots of nice bending, an essential part of any good harmonica tuning I think.
Indeed, all twelve semi-tones per octave are available as either regular blows or draws (6/octave) or as draw-bends (6/octave), and with a consistent pattern through the 3 octaves!
by karl.nilsson
Mon May 14, 2018 10:51 pm
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Spanish tuning
Replies: 14
Views: 5680

Re: Spanish tuning

Been reading up on the Spanish tuning. It seems it is based on the Spanish Gypsy scale, a.k.a. the Phrygian dominant scale. Other names are the Jewish scale, or Spanish Phrygian scale. That is, the six notes on the harp that form the two chords E - G# - B and F - A - C, respectively, has a missing n...