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by Brendan
Mon Dec 18, 2017 6:44 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Slide for "tongue block" effect?
Replies: 2
Views: 2998

Re: Slide for "tongue block" effect?

My new OctaHarp Selectable could be configured in a way to give desired extra notes that kick in with a slide push. It's intended for octave play but the rear harp could be a fifth below, for example. Or you could go to a lot of trouble and tune the rear harp so it gave a variety of intervals depend...
by Brendan
Tue Dec 12, 2017 11:47 pm
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Power plugs for hohner chromatic 16 holes
Replies: 1
Views: 2265

Re: Power plugs for hohner chromatic 16 holes

Yes, as long as the draw reeds face in and the blow reeds face away. Some earlier models had the opposite arrangement.
by Brendan
Tue Dec 12, 2017 11:45 pm
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Irish/Folk tuning
Replies: 2
Views: 3471

Re: Irish/Folk tuning

Both ways work Slava. Probably more Irish chrom players play reversed slide style, where the note goes down a semitone, known as the Eddie Clarke style after the man who pioneered it.
by Brendan
Sun Dec 10, 2017 11:52 am
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: The OctaHarp Selectable is Released
Replies: 0
Views: 4717

The OctaHarp Selectable is Released

The OctaHarp Selectable is now officially released. In single-harp mode the front harp plays exactly like a normal blues harp, with all the typical bending and expression. But you can instantly engage the rear low-range harp and switch to playing it as an octave harmonica. It's truly two great harps...
by Brendan
Sat Dec 09, 2017 5:05 pm
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: WH-12
Replies: 2
Views: 3858

Re: WH-12

Yes, I first came across it in Shanghai in 2002. It's OK, but the low draw reeds hit the covers.
by Brendan
Sat Dec 09, 2017 5:04 pm
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Power Chromatic
Replies: 76
Views: 93976

Re: Power Chromatic

@ Paris: Sorry for the slow reply. I'm using and F PowerChromatic and playing in F. The G is available as a draw or blow, so G to A is both draw notes.
by Brendan
Thu Nov 23, 2017 9:36 pm
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Twelve-hole slide harp with three chromatic octaves and 18 different chords
Replies: 5
Views: 4490

Re: Twelve-hole slide harp with three chromatic octaves and 18 different chords

@IaNerd: Your tuning scheme makes logical sense, but not practical sense if it is to be made from standard chromatic reedplates. The low octave will sound good for a chord harmonica, but not the top two octaves. An alternative would be to have a slide chord harmonica that has repeating low ranges in...
by Brendan
Thu Nov 16, 2017 5:13 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Hohner Discovery 48 - any way to improve it?
Replies: 2
Views: 3427

Re: Hohner Discovery 48 - any way to improve it?

I suggest you post this query on Slidemeister:

http://www.slidemeister.com/forums/index.php#c4

I'm sure you will get lots of good advice there :-)
by Brendan
Thu Nov 16, 2017 5:03 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Switch harp + Hands free?
Replies: 1
Views: 3140

Re: Switch harp + Hands free?

Good suggestion David. Vern's vertical shifting HFC system would suit the twin diatonic format for a mini chromatic very well. It would be quite easy to design, much simpler than the interlocking air channels of my TwinHarmonica System. However the concept is Vern's, and I feel it is up to him to pr...
by Brendan
Thu Nov 16, 2017 4:53 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Chordomonica II comb replacement
Replies: 1
Views: 2927

Re: Chordomonica II comb replacement

Yes, you can use any Hohner 270 wooden comb or, for a more stable long term solution, check out my 3d printed custom PowerComb:

http://www.brendan-power.com/combs-hohner.php#12

It will fit the Chordomonica II.