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by Brendan
Sat Aug 10, 2019 3:36 pm
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Introducing the GASKET-VALVE System
Replies: 22
Views: 7969

Re: Introducing the GASKET-VALVE System

Thanks for the helpful feedback Edvin and others. For riveted reed harps, it helps to sand the draw reed flat. However since that's beyond the skills of most players I've started to add rivet holes in the Gasket-valves, allowing the rivet stubs to poke through and ensure they lay flat on stock reedp...
by Brendan
Fri Aug 09, 2019 8:14 pm
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Double stack Reed plates
Replies: 13
Views: 2529

Re: Double stack Reed plates

Just came back to this thread after a week or so. I see it's moved along into the area of practicality, thanks to Edvin. Nice drawings and discussion :-) Not to take anything away from your enthusiasm for a promising concept Dodtsair & Edvin, but just as a factual note: I have already done some work...
by Brendan
Tue Jul 30, 2019 12:41 pm
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Double stack Reed plates
Replies: 13
Views: 2529

Re: Double stack Reed plates

It couldn't work with standard reedplates. Besides, the reeds won't "work in different directions". When you move the draw reedplate to the top of the comb, the reeds become blow reeds. That's because they are now under the reedplate instead of being on the outside, as they were when the drawplate w...
by Brendan
Fri Jul 26, 2019 9:44 am
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: New PowerChromatic Video with Notes & TAB
Replies: 3
Views: 2207

Re: New PowerChromatic Video with Notes & TAB

Good commentary Edvin, thanks! Yes, it's a good example of a tune modulating between three keys using easy draw bends as opposed to overblows etc. The keys are F Maj (A part), Gm (B part) and Bm (C part). I don't think it would be possible to play this tune convincingly with attractive feeling on a ...
by Brendan
Wed Jul 24, 2019 4:43 pm
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Brendan Power attends Swedish Harp Meet in September
Replies: 10
Views: 3455

Re: Brendan Power attends Swedish Harp Meet in September

Great you're coming to Harpmeet Triona, looking forward to seeing you there :-)
by Brendan
Sun Jul 21, 2019 5:15 pm
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: New PowerChromatic Video with Notes & TAB
Replies: 3
Views: 2207

New PowerChromatic Video with Notes & TAB

Here's an original tune recorded with LA musicians Ross Garren and John Schroeder, the Sheriffs of Schroedingham: THE BLACK NOTES https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M92eXa5-s0M The melody is played on a Lucky 13 in PowerChromatic Tuning, key of G. Notes and TAB are available here: http://www.brendan-po...
by Brendan
Sun Jul 21, 2019 3:01 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Half valved chromatic for retuning or maybe in custom tuning. Which model to buy?
Replies: 4
Views: 1130

Re: Half valved chromatic for retuning or maybe in custom tuning. Which model to buy?

Hi Edvin, retuning chromatics is not difficult or slow if you use the right tools. For upward retunes of a semitone or more I'd suggest a rubber buffing disc in a Dremel-type rotary tool. I use the Proxxon ones, #28 294: https://www.proxxon.com/en/micromot/tools-polishing-agents.php For detunes of a...
by Brendan
Sun Jul 21, 2019 2:46 am
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Brendan Power attends Swedish Harp Meet in September
Replies: 10
Views: 3455

Re: Brendan Power attends Swedish Harp Meet in September

Thanks for posting Edvin. So you're fluent in Swedish Triona? Impressive :-)

Looking forward to the Festival. I was invited by my friend Joel Andersson, always good to catch up with him. Hope to see you both there:)
by Brendan
Tue Jul 02, 2019 8:06 am
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Introducing the GASKET-VALVE System
Replies: 22
Views: 7969

Re: Introducing the GASKET-VALVE System

Good news bad news on the Gasket-Valves, it seems!

Glad you like yours Edvin, but sorry to hear you're having issues Lizzy. What do you mean by the valves sounding?
by Brendan
Tue Jun 25, 2019 9:44 am
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: PowerChromatic realization
Replies: 11
Views: 5192

Re: PowerChromatic realization

Reeds only fail as a result of bending if you bend past the note you're after and go very flat, to the floor of the bend. Doing that over and over can strain the reed to breaking point.

If you bend in tune, the reeds will last indefinitely, as others have stated.