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by EdvinW
Thu Dec 06, 2018 3:51 pm
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Health concerns regarding materials in harmonicas?
Replies: 7
Views: 4209

Re: Health concerns regarding materials in harmonicas?

This is a interesting subject and one that I have pondered at times . I am an enthusiast of Stainless Steel reeds because of this reason. Although Stainless Steel varies in composition I assume it is may be more benign to the human body. It does not readily oxidize like the Brass/Bronze families. I...
by EdvinW
Wed Dec 05, 2018 11:45 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: 221-Tuning for 10-hole harmonica
Replies: 8
Views: 4969

Re: 221-Tuning for 10-hole harmonica

As a teenager, I used to carry an ocarina around my neck and play just about whenever I found the time, sort of like what I do with harmonicas nowadays. It had a range of a range of nine notes, fully chromatic, and I could adapt and fit just about any melody I could imagine. For most major songs I p...
by EdvinW
Wed Nov 28, 2018 11:24 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Health concerns regarding materials in harmonicas?
Replies: 7
Views: 4209

Re: Health concerns regarding materials in harmonicas?

Thanks for the comments! For the record, I'l like to point out that I myself play plastic harps daily, and that I absolutely don't want to point fingers at people who do. While searching (I've done quite a bit of that lately), I found the following: https://myplasticfreelife.com/2011/04/bpa-free-doe...
by EdvinW
Thu Nov 22, 2018 2:02 pm
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Health concerns regarding materials in harmonicas?
Replies: 7
Views: 4209

Health concerns regarding materials in harmonicas?

I would like to talk about the various materials used in our instruments. As we go about not only pressing them to our lips, but also ingesting whatever dissolves into the saliva, which goes back and forth into the harp as we blow and draw for hours a week all year around. When it comes to food pack...
by EdvinW
Fri Nov 16, 2018 10:44 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Chromatic tuning with irregular slide notes. Pros and cons?
Replies: 5
Views: 3079

Re: Chromatic tuning with irregular slide notes. Pros and cons?

Thank for the encouragement! The music I try to play is really not written with the harmonica in mind :) The purpose of the repeated notes is twofold, but I'm afraid it has nothing to do with drones. One reason is to save me many changes of the slider; it would allow me to play quick passages in the...
by EdvinW
Wed Nov 14, 2018 10:12 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Pentatonic tunings
Replies: 28
Views: 13733

Re: Pentatonic tunings

I have a friend who loves music from India and the Middle East, and he wanted a harmonica to play a favorite song which is in the E harmonic minor scale. I realized that we can design a tuning with just four holes per octave in which the blow and draw notes exactly form an E harmonic minor scale an...
by EdvinW
Thu Nov 08, 2018 4:39 pm
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Chromatic tuning with irregular slide notes. Pros and cons?
Replies: 5
Views: 3079

Chromatic tuning with irregular slide notes. Pros and cons?

Does anyone have any experience with chromatics where the slide does not affect every note in the same way, i.e. raising/lowering one half step? I am aware of slide diatonics, but "going to the next note in the scale" seems to me like a fairly regular thing to do. I could imagine this would make it ...
by EdvinW
Wed Nov 07, 2018 1:49 pm
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Harmonicas with Modular Reedplates
Replies: 17
Views: 11165

Re: Harmonicas with Modular Reedplates

The problem of chamber lengths has been brought up.

Couldn't this be handled by using long default chambers, and filling the back of them with some modular piece? Sort of like the Power Plugs?
by EdvinW
Mon Nov 05, 2018 6:05 pm
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Harmonicas with Modular Reedplates
Replies: 17
Views: 11165

Re: Harmonicas with Modular Reedplates

A serious harp player who is not totally focused on a single genre should see the sense in owning at least one modular instrument. Just imagine going to a gig, knowing that in your bag sits precisely the harp that you need for every song! But you should be aware, that just this application usually ...
by EdvinW
Mon Nov 05, 2018 11:19 am
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Harmonicas with Modular Reedplates
Replies: 17
Views: 11165

Re: Harmonicas with Modular Reedplates

I would buy this in an instant, no matter the format, and I would happily pay good money for it too! I like to experiment with ideas for tunings, but due to the large effort of actually changing the pitch of a reed most of the time i spend is with pen and paper; only one idea in a hundred ever reach...