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by Brendan
Fri Dec 13, 2019 11:35 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Tuning for Double Chromatic: Fully chromatic slide diatonic spiral with all the chords!
Replies: 3
Views: 534

Re: Tuning for Double Chromatic: Fully chromatic slide diatonic spiral with all the chords!

It seems Spiral/Circular tuning variants are capturing the attention of some clever theoreticians in this forum recently.

This is a cool one Edvin! Now I just need to create the good playable DoubleChrom to allow it to be realised. Happy to say I'm making good progress on that, will keep you posted.
by Brendan
Wed Dec 11, 2019 10:15 pm
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: THE OPTIMAL TUNING FOR ALL TYPES OF MUSIC? THE ADVANTAGES OF THE IONIAN MODE CIRCULAR TUNING
Replies: 12
Views: 831

Re: THE OPTIMAL TUNING FOR ALL TYPES OF MUSIC? THE ADVANTAGES OF THE IONIAN MODE CIRCULAR TUNING

Welcome to the forum Dr. Kostas, and thanks for your interesting first post. The tuning that appeals the most to me of the ones you show is the first slider version, with the extra E and B major chords with slider pushed in. You say: "Curiously enough the scale that is produced by sliding the lever ...
by Brendan
Wed Dec 11, 2019 10:31 am
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Cajun and Quebecois tunes
Replies: 3
Views: 315

Re: Cajun and Quebecois tunes

Winslow Yerxa is an expert on this style, hopefully he can advise here. I'd be interested too - Winslow?
by Brendan
Sat Nov 30, 2019 8:11 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Augmented Tuning
Replies: 2
Views: 251

Re: Augmented Tuning

Yes, Eric Chafer is so talented! Great bass player (as I heard live), and trombone too, apparently! Quite a quirky character, I will try to find out what he's up to these days. Good to see Marcin carrying the torch for Augmented Tuning in fine style. He has several videos using it on YouTube - here ...
by Brendan
Fri Nov 29, 2019 10:55 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Augmented Tuning
Replies: 2
Views: 251

Augmented Tuning

This morning I was listening to Marcin Dyak playing in Augmented Tuning. He does it well: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOKuwijLheY Marcin is a fine player, but his description of himself as the "Worldwide Pioneer of the Augmented Harmonica" is not correct. AFAIK that was France's Eric Chafer, a b...
by Brendan
Sun Nov 24, 2019 7:42 am
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Notes from the Workshop
Replies: 6
Views: 1953

Re: Notes from the Workshop

Edvin wrote: "Will the new design be superior enough to allow a half valved twin chrom?". Definitely. As I go through the stages of developing an idea, prototype parts accumulate. When, as normally happens, I come up against a tough problem that inhibits further progress at present, or even appears ...
by Brendan
Wed Nov 20, 2019 9:50 pm
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Chromaticising X-Reed Harmonicas
Replies: 6
Views: 416

Re: Chromaticising X-Reed Harmonicas

Thanks for your interest. Investigating options, hope to have a new model in early new year. Interesting developments in the Switch-Harp zone also, similar time frame.
by Brendan
Thu Nov 14, 2019 9:02 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Chromaticising X-Reed Harmonicas
Replies: 6
Views: 416

Re: Chromaticising X-Reed Harmonicas

Zero blow reed gap is the best for the tightest, cleanest sound on the draw reeds. Having a positive gap on the blow reeds allows some air to come in through their slots when you draw, reducing the purity/intensity of the draw reed tone and making the sound a bit more 'breathy'. However, if the chro...