List of tunings with five holes per octave

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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List of tunings with five holes per octave

Post by IaNerd » Sat Feb 16, 2019 9:49 pm

What harmonica tunings consist of repeating banks of five holes?

At the moment, I can think of two: Pentabender and Fourkey.

Do you know of others? Please share.

It is my intention that this thread becomes a reference list of such tunings, and not a discussion of particular tunings.
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Re: List of tunings with five holes per octave

Post by IaNerd » Sat Feb 16, 2019 10:00 pm

Forum member oldstudent has already shared the following here: https://www.brendan-power.com/forum/vie ... =249#p1440
One-key "Pentabender" tuning (plays C major scale without bends; has F major pentatonic in blows, G major pentatonic in draws):
DE.FG.GA.AB.CD.DE.FG.GA.AB.CD.

Two-key "Pentablues" tuning (plays C and G major scales without bends; has F major pentatonic in blows, D major pentatonic in draws):
DE.FF#.GA.AB.CD.DE.FF#.GA.AB.CD.

Three-key tuning (plays C, G, and D major scales without bends; has F major pentatonic in blows, A major pentatonic in draws):
DE.FF#.GA.AB.CC#.DE.FF#.GA.AB.CD.

Four-key tuning (plays C, G, D, and A major scales without bends; has F major pentatonic in blows, E major pentatonic in draws):
DE.FF#.GA.AB.CC#.DE.FF#.GA.AB.CD.
Any others? Anyone? Bueller? Anyone?

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Re: List of tunings with five holes per octave

Post by EdvinW » Sat Feb 16, 2019 10:02 pm

The ones you mention are members of the class pentatonic tunings, discussed in this thread:
https://www.brendan-power.com/forum/vie ... ?f=9&t=249

Edit: You obviously were quicker than me here ;)
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Re: List of tunings with five holes per octave

Post by IaNerd » Sat Feb 16, 2019 10:15 pm

Forum member winslowyerxa has already shared the following here: https://www.brendan-power.com/forum/vie ... t=20#p1920
As long as we're talking about pentatonic tunings, without trying to accomplish anything other than a pentatonic scale, there's the Magic Harp tuning that Pierre Beauregard and Rickard Salwitz patented back in 1993:

EG. AC. DE. GA. CD. EG. AC. DE. GA. CD.

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