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TWO HARPS IN ONE! (Now Available in ALL 12 KEYS!)

HISTORY
Long Ago (1980) and Far Away (New Zealand) I started making my own custom 'Stretch Harps' in 11, 12, 13, 14 and 16 hole sizes, by slicing two normal harps and joining them back together. My 13-hole Stretch Harp was in Richter Extended tuning: normal 10-hole range plus an extra low octave on the left. It wasn't easy to make, as in those days I had to add a lot of solder to the extra low reeds as well as do the cutting/joining of parts - but the result was worth it: a 4-octave diatonic with the same hole spacing as a normal harp! I became addicted to having that extra bottom-end built in, and nicknamed the harp my 'Lucky 13' (see photo down the page).

I later discovered I wasn't the only one to think of the Richter Extended idea back in the 1980s. Steve Baker did too and, after he became a consultant for Hohner in 1987, tried to persuade them to make a 13-hole harp (as noted in his 1990 book The Harp Handbook). They demurred, but did agree to make his SBS 4-octave model out of the Hohner 365 14-hole harp, released in 1989. Steve is to be commended for being the first to get a 4-octave harp into the market, and the SBS has a nice sound. Unfortunately it also suffers from several drawbacks, reflecting its origin as essentially a re-tuned version of an existing older harmonica: wider hole spacing than standard 10-hole harps, raw pearwood combs that can warp and crack, nailed assembly, limited range of keys, lowest key of only C, a redundant 14th hole, and a bottom cover not deep enough to stop the lowest draw reeds from rattling.

My hand-made 13-hole Stretch Harps had none of those issues. They had screwed construction, non-absorbent combs, standard diatonic 7.5mm hole spacing, and a deeper lower cover (taken from the Hohner 364 model). I also made 13-hole A, G and Bb harps with extended range below the standard keys - not an octave higher as with the SBS. Other players liked them too, and I decided to make a fully-optimised Lucky 13 that anyone could buy.

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THE MODERN LUCKY 13
I pitched the idea to the respected Chinese Easttop harmonica company in October 2014. They liked the concept, and were willing to invest in the considerable cost of molds and tooling to make the all-new comb, reedplates, and covers for this unique harmonica. In the nearly two years since then we have worked together on every detail to make the Lucky 13 the very best it can be, and I'm really proud of the result.

The Lucky 13 has it all: the standard range you're used to plus that Big Bottom, right there in your hands! Once you get used to a 4-octave Bass Blues Harmonica it is very hard to go back to the restricted range of a 10-hole harp ever again. It's two harps for the price of one: normal and low range, without having to buy/store both or switch harps in a tune.

the Inspiration Behind the Lucky 13
Brendan's hand-made 13-Hole Stretch-harps, the inspiration behind the Lucky 13
Here are the main features, 13 of them!
  1. World's first 13-hole harp, Patent Pending.
  2. Exactly 4 octave range in Richter tuning, with lower octave tagged on to normal 10-hole range.
  3. The same 7.5mm hole spacing as a normal 10-hole harp! That means it's easy to adapt to.
  4. Comfortable curved top cover, bottom cover raised at the bass end so the draw reeds never rattle.
  5. Holes in the coverplate ends, for extra volume.
  6. Solid comb, flat-sanded.
  7. Durable phosphor-bronze reeds.
  8. Thick chromed reedplates, secured with 11 screws for uniform airtightness.
  9. Clear visual numbering on top cover relates to the 10-hole diatonic, to make sure you never lose your place.
  10. UPDATE: Available now to pre-order in all 12 keys!
  11. Key indicators on front and ends of the comb, for those who like to stack harps vertically.
  12. Perfect for low chord rhythm or melody lines, and extended octave playing.
  13. Possible to retune the lower 3 holes to create new chords or extended alt tunings.
Check out the Demonstration Video to hear it in action:
Showing the box/case - Introducing the extra 7 keys to complete the 12 key range
Todd Parrott tries the Lucky 13 for the first time at SPAH 2106:
How to Replace Welded Reeds on a Lucky 13 Harmonica:

More Videos

BRENDAN JAMS WITH LIAM WARD ON TWO LUCKY 13s

USING LOOPS AND AMPLIFICATION WITH THE LUCKY 13

Buying Advice (WARNING: The Lucky 13 is Highly Addictive! Try it at your Peril)

The Lucky 13 represents amazing price value as well as fabulous functionality! If you consider that it is replacing two harps (standard and low-range), compare the prices of buying them both against one Lucky 13 yourself. The manufacturers who make low-range harps are Hohner, Suzuki and Seydel. Go online and add the prices of two of their harps (normal and low) against one Lucky 13. You will see that the Lucky 13 is half to one quarter of the cost! Besides saving you money and giving cool extra bass sounds in the convenience of one harp, you don't have to carry so many harps around. Two Harps in One: It's a win-win all the way!

We launched at SPAH in August 2016. The first batch of pre-order Lucky 13s sold out quickly, and we're getting many good reprts from the first customers (see the Feedback tab above). We now have good stock and the harps will be posted out stright away.

You can buy single harps in any key, plus we have two great multi-harp deals:

  1. Cost of one harp: £49 (about $60 US Dollars).
  2. Lucky 13 in 5 popular keys (G,A,C,D,F) for £203 (about $250 US - roughly $50 per harp)!
  3. Lucky 13 in ALL 12 KEYS for £390 (about $480 US - roughly $40 per harp)!
  4. Lucky 13 in 5 Keys of Your Choice for £203 (about $250 US - roughly $50 per harp)!

These prices won't last. Due to the plummeting British pound post Brexit prices will rise soon, so order now!

Postage

These harmonicas are sent to you direct by my business partner Roland, in Shanghai. This helps us to keep prices low and re-stock quickly. We use a respected Chinese courier company with tracking on all orders. In the rare event that your parcel gets lost, the courier company will need your contact telephone number. We recommend that you add the correct phone number into PayPal when you order, as this will ensure that you can be contacted in the event of an issue. (Your choice, but please note that without a valid phone number we cannot guarantee delivery).

All prices INCLUDE International Shipping with Tracking.

Lucky 13 Single-Harp Price

£49

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Lucky 13 12-harp Deal!

ALL 12 KEYS

£390

Add Carry Case for only £25:


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Lucky 13 5-harp Deal Number 1

The 5 Most Popular Keys: G, A, C, D, F

£203

Add Carry Case for only £20:


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Lucky 13 5-harp Deal Number 2

Pick your own keys

£203

G Ab A Bb B C
Db D Eb E F F#

Add Carry Case for only £20:


Lucky 13 bass blues harmonica

Check out the accessories for the Lucky 13 , including carry cases, silver covers and replacement reeds!

Lucky 13 silver covers Lucky 13 carry cases

CARRY CASES

The popularity of the Lucky 13 shows no sign of slowing, and many buyers are ordering multiple harps. We can now satisfy your requests for specially-fitted Lucky 13 cases with these soft but sturdy protective zipped pouches. They come with internal compartments for 5 or 12 Lucky 13s.
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You can order them separately or with your multi-harp packages for a discounted price.

Prices for the carry cases are as follows:

  • 5-harp case: £25 (~$30)
  • 12-harp case: £35 (~$42)
  • 5 harp package: add case for £20 (~$24) extra
  • 12 harp package: add case for £25 (~$30) extra

Lucky 13 Carry Cases

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Lucky 13 carry cases

SILVER COVERS

If you prefer the coverplates of your harps to be chrome-plated, you can now choose that option for the Lucky 13. The standard colour is black and all Lucky 13s come that way from the factory, but you can now order chromed covers as an extra product to be fitted by you. They look great and feel smoother in the mouth:
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Prices for the silver cover plates are as follows:
  • £16 (~$20) per set for < 5 sets
  • £14 (~$18) per set for 5+ sets
  • £12 (~$15) per set for 10+ sets

Lucky 13 Silver Coverplates

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Lucky 13 bass blues harmonica

REPLACEMENT REEDS

We have a limited supply of replacement reeds which we can supply for you to fit yourself.

International postage is included

Check out this excellent video on how to replace reeds on the Lucky 13

Lucky 13 replacement reeds

£8 per reed (£6 if buying three or more)

Harp Key:

Reed Position:

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Please note that if we don't have the exact reed we will send you a reed a semitone higher or lower
Check out the unsolicited Lucky 13 buyers' comments on the popular Modern Blues Harmonica Forum
" I purchased the Lucky 13 Five Pack and find them to be the most air-tight and responsive out-of-the-box harps I have purchased. Congratulations on a great product. I like them so much that I have investigated how to fill out the set with all of the other keys. I expect to do that soon. "

Buzzy Green, USA (December 2016)
" Following my purchase of "Lucky 13 Bass Blues Harmonica" I say a big thank you. I am completely satisfied with the quality, the sounds is really what I was looking for to be able to add to my collection of harmonica."

Laurent O, Belgium (November 2016)
" The Lucky 13 in G has arrived yesterday. It arrived with a shorter delay than I expected. This arrival made me feel lucky. Looks nice and sounds nice, now it is up to me to play it fine, this will need more training, but it is already a pleasure to play it. "

Joachim Delp, Germany (November 2016)
" It plays nicely, and it's comfortable in the hands. Wah-wahs and hand-shaping are not a stretch at all. I could never get used to the SBS but it's such a cool harp. Very happy with this! "

Howard Parks, USA (October 2016)
" The Lucky 13 is AMAZING. Looking forward to more! "

Jim Stockdale, USA (October 2016)
" Great Harp - Superb Quality Control - Great tone. I have several factory harps costing three times this much, with much less attention to detail. I recommend purchasing the set before Brendan figures how much these things are actually worth. "

R. Akers, USA (October 2016)
" Ok harp fans, just got my new Brendan Power lucky 13 harps.. man this is the best money spent on theses harp. First things first. As you can see, they come individually bubble wraped, seperate boxes and in their own cases, which includes a wipe cloth.. bad ass or what?? They are tight, i did not feel like i was sucking on the room. The extra three lower reeds ... its like it says on the box, Two Harps in One.. Overblow? You bet, right out of the box. Thanks Brendan... "

Dennis King, USA (September 2016)
" My A Lucky 13 arrived in today's mail. Every bit as good as the sample I played at SPAH, and a really fun harp! While great overall, one especially nice thing to my ear: On many diatonic harmonica models, the 3-blow does doesn't seem to have the same "punch" as the 2-draw. On the Lucky 13, that 3-blow (both the Low 3 and the regular 3) sound and feel just as soulful as the 2-draw. Really neat. Thanks again for this design, East Top's quality and attention to detail, Roland's nice customer service, and for pitching this harmonica at SPAH. Hope to cross paths with you again before too long. 'Til then, all the best."

Ukulele Rob, USA (September 2016)

Customer Videos

★  ★  ★

Please note that entries are now closed.

Thanks to all entrants in the competition - 66 videos in all! It was tough deciding the prize winnners, but after much conferring we judges have reached agreement.

NOTES

  1. Several contestants took the opportunity to send more than one video, but in the case where they won a prize we have chosen the video of theirs that we liked the best.
  2. We couldn't decide on the 4th - 10th places, so we added three extra prizes! That makes a total of Lucky 13 prizes altogether :)
  3. The 4th - 13th places are listed in no special order. They all have great things about them, and all prizes are the same.

★ 1st Prize ★


HARMONICA BILL LIFFORD (USA) - Tribute to James Cotton

★ 2nd Prize ★


BOAZ KIM (USA) - Boaz's Lucky 13 video 1

★ 3rd Prize ★


TOBIN WINGARD - Lucky 13 Bass Blues Harmonica
4th-13th Prizes:

Once again, thanks to EVERYONE who took part. We hope you continue to have fun with your Lucky 13s!

Brendan - David - Roland

★ PRIZES ★

1st Prize: 12-key case and Twelve Lucky 13 harps in all keys, plus three sets of silver covers
1st Prize: 12-key case and 12 Lucky 13 harps in all keys plus three sets of silver covers3rd Prize: 3 Lucky 13 harps plus 3 sets of silver covers
2nd Prize: 5-key case and five Lucky 13 harps in keys of your choosing, plus three sets of silver covers
2nd Prize: 5-key case and five Lucky 13 harps in keys of your choosing plus three sets of silver covers3rd Prize: 3 Lucky 13 harps plus 3 sets of silver covers
3rd Prize: Three Lucky 13 harps, plus three sets of silver covers
3rd Prize: 3 Lucky 13 harps plus 3 sets of silver covers3rd Prize: 3 Lucky 13 harps plus 3 sets of silver covers
4th-10th Prizes: One Lucky 13 harp in a key of your choice
4th-10th Prize: one Lucky 13 harp in a key of your choice.

ALL VIDEO ENTRIES

31/03/17 - Lucky 13 Bass Blues Harmonica - Tobin Wingard (USA)
31/03/17 - Lucky 13 Aura Lea - Winslow Yerxa (USA)
31/03/17 - Fool the Principal - John Shirley and Jason Novak (USA)
31/03/17 - Boaz's Lucky 13 video 1 - Boaz Kim (USA)
31/03/17 - Boaz's Lucky 13 video 2 - Boaz Kim (USA)
31/03/17 - Boaz's Lucky 13 video 3 - Boaz Kim (USA)
31/03/17 - Ben Martin Lucky 13 Comp 'Forsum Blues' - Ben Martin (UK)
31/03/17 - Hope - Sylvain Loisel (France)
31/03/17 - Stand By Me/Amazing Grace - Lucky 13 Harmonica Competition Entry 2 of 2 - Slawek aka HarpSlav aka HarmoActive (Poland)
31/03/17 - Fishing Blues - Lucky 13 Harmonica Video Competition Entry 1 of 2 - Slawek aka HarpSlav aka HarmoActive (Poland)
31/03/17 - I'll Fly Away - Tobin Wingard (USA)
31/03/17 - video 1490983435 - Henri Quarfood (Sweden)
31/03/17 - 31 March 2017 - Chris Lee (Ireland)
31/03/17 - Anthony Parchman Farm Lucky 13 Bb - Anthony Randall (UK)
31/03/17 - The Banister's - Lucky 13 Harmonica piece with effects (video vers) - John Shirley (USA)
31/03/17 - Lucky 13 International Video Competition entry 1 of 3 - Sean Rickner (Canada)
31/03/17 - Lucky 13 International Video Competition entry 2 of 3 - Sean Rickner (Canada)
31/03/17 - Lucky 13 International Video Competition entry 3 of 3 - Sean Rickner (Canada)
30/03/17 - An Improvised Jig Situation On A Lucky 13 F Harmonica - Jan Peters (USA)
30/03/17 - Second entry for Lucky 13 harmonica - André Daneau (Canada)
30/03/17 - MVI 0002 - Kim White (USA)
29/03/17 - Octave splits on Lucky 13 - Winslow Yerxa (USA)
29/03/17 - Clear Water Baby - James Lambeth Robbie (Australia)
29/03/17 - 31 YKCUL Love Interrupt - James Lambeth Robbie (Australia)
29/03/17 - UnRucky Love Interrupted - James Lambeth Robbie (Australia)
28/03/17 - Lucky 13 NUMBER 3 first position - Burke Trieschmann (USA)
28/03/17 - Burke T Lucky 13 NUMBER 2 - Burke Trieschmann (USA)
27/03/17 - 《烟花易冷》(The Fireworks of Transience) - Wenchao Li (China)
26/03/17 - Balance - Frank Tetsche (Denmark)
26/03/17 - Where did You Go? - Mark Koschwitz (USA)
26/03/17 - Vintage Smokin' Blues - Jason Fell (New Zealand)
24/03/17 - Feeling Lucky (Brendan Power's Lucky 13 Competition) - León Lendo (Mexico)
24/03/17 - 'Lucky 13' Bass Blues Harp 'Bird seed -n- Dvorak' - Jason Novak (USA)
24/03/17 - the holy empire of an mosquito - Tobias Holzendorf (Germany)
23/03/17 - Jambayala - Dan Tanner (USA)
23/03/17 - Lucky 13 Contest Video Submission - Rick McCormack (USA)
21/03/17 - The unbirthday/birthday of the Lucky 13 - Goodonya! - Jason Novak (USA)
21/03/17 - Sandy Boys Old Time Harmonica - Mike Lew (USA)
21/03/17 - Entry - For Brendan Power Lucky 13 Harmonica - André Daneau (Canada)
21/03/17 - TRAINTIME TWO - Steel Guitar Mike (UK)
20/03/17 - Irish Didley - Blues Girl Phyllis Robinson (USA)
19/03/17 - Seven Spanish Angels - Dan Tanner (USA)
19/03/17 - I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry - Dan Tanner (USA)
19/03/17 - Tequila (Lucky 13 + Loop Pedal Cover) - Robert Laferrière (Canada)
19/03/17 - Entry NO 2 Lucky 13 International Video Contest - Den B (USA)
19/03/17 - Tribute to James Cotton - Harmonica Bill (USA)
18/03/17 - Green Green Grass of Home - Dan Tanner (USA)
16/03/17 - Harp Explosion - fun with Lucky 13 harmonica (part 2) - Igor Djeke (Croatia)
16/03/17 - Harp Explosion - fun with Lucky 13 harmonica (part 1) - Igor Djeke (Croatia)
16/03/17 - lucky 13 - Jeff Bird (Canada)
14/03/17 - Big Bottom (Spinal Tap cover) - Harmonica Bill (USA)
13/03/17 - Sonny's Lucky (13) Day - Harmonica Bill (USA)
12/03/17 - Lucky 13 Entry (#1) - Mark Koschwitz (USA)
11/03/17 - Lucky 13 harmonica train rhythm with a loopstation all aboard! - Peter OBrien (UK)
11/03/17 - Burke T. Lucky 13 Vid 1 - Burke Trieschmann (USA)
10/03/17 - Lucky 13 harmonica and beatbox on a loop pedal - Peter OBrien (UK)
10/03/17 - Lucky 13 harmonica demo in 5th position - Zip Robertson (USA)
07/03/17 - Lucky 13 Key Bb - Den B (USA)
06/03/17 - Lucky 13 Bass Blues Harmonica - Tobin Wingard (USA)
06/03/17 - Folk Song by Mikis Theodorakis - John Kapetan (USA)
06/03/17 - My Baby Caught the East Coast - Richard Hammersley (UK)
06/03/17 - I'm Gonna Tell God How You Treat Me - Richard Hammersley (UK)
05/03/17 - Bye Bye Bird / Lord of the Dance - Blues Girl Phyllis Robinson (USA)
03/03/17 - Bye Bye Bird - Kevin Molloy (UK)
01/03/17 - Lucky 13 in F sharp - Derek Garforth (UK)
Like any harmonica, the Lucky 13 will benefit from small tweaks like reed gapping and fine tuning, as well as more extensive mods like slot-embossing, half-valving, custom combs etc. And as with any other harmonica, reeds will need replacing sometimes too.

We only sell the harmonicas, cases, alternate covers and replacement single reeds. If you want to get an expert to do repair and customising work, we recommend the following craftsmen do the work for you. They all have Lucky 13 reeds in stock.

Burke Trieschmann / Open Door Harmonicas USA customiser

Open Door Harmonicas Open Door Harmonicas is pleased to announce support for the new Brendan Power Lucky 13 Harmonicas (customization, optimization, tunings, and other repairs).

Open Door harmonicas provides custom harmonicas and repair services by harmonica tech Burke Trieschmann. Custom diatonics in many models and optimized and refurbished chromatic harmonicas. Repairs for most Diatonic and Chromatic harmonicas (Including aux reed harmonicas- Sub 30 and XB 40's), Chromatic upgrades (with Brendan Power "Power Comb" upgrade options), octave tuned traditional music Hohner customs, and other specialty harmonicas.

For more information please contact: info@opendoorprod.com.

Jeff Wilson / Wilson Music Services Canada customiser

Jeff Wilson Jeff has been in the harmonica business since 1981, formerly working for Hohner in Canada, at the factory in Trossingen, Germany and in the UK, where he was trained in harmonica repair by the late Willi Dannecker. Since 1986 he has operated Wilson Music Services in Canada, offering sales and service of harmonicas and accordions. His company is the authorized service centre in Canada for both Hohner and Seydel harmonicas - offering both warranty repairs and custom service. He provides service and instruments to Canada's most notable harmonica players, including Harpdog Brown, Jerome Godboo, Roly Platt, Paul Reddick, Al Lerman, Carlos del Junco and Mo Vint, to name but a few.

For more information please contact: dr.harp@rogers.com.

Ben Bouman / Ben Bouman Harmonicas Netherlands customiser

Ben Bouman Ben Bouman is our Lucky 13 'Recommended Customiser' for Europe. Ben is a highly respected player and customiser/repairer, especially well known for his great work with Seydel harps. We are very happy to recommend Ben to European players for all your Lucky 13 custom work and repairs.

For more information please contact: mail@benboumanharmonicas.nl.

More customisers coming soon...

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