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by Brendan
Mon Apr 10, 2017 9:41 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Alternative Major cross.
Replies: 14
Views: 12998

Re: Alternative Major cross.

We're all about niche topics here, you're in the right place. A video is a good idea :-) And Tony's right, you should give the tuning your own name. Modal tunings designed for trad tune playing, like Paddy Richter or Major Cross, are good for probably 80-90% of the repertoire. But some of the most i...
by Brendan
Mon Apr 10, 2017 8:53 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Stretch Harps
Replies: 6
Views: 5106

Re: Stretch Harps

Sure, the Seydel is a very useful 12-hole harp option, but I'd argue not as much fun and satisfying as making your own Stretch Harp by hacking two together, and you can make any length you want :-)
by Brendan
Sun Apr 09, 2017 8:21 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: sub-30 + overvalve plate + turboLiner?
Replies: 1
Views: 2226

Re: sub-30 + overvalve plate + turboLiner?

The Tuboliner only fits Hohner harps, the Special 20 specifically. I have a LOT of respect for Jim Antaki and always applaud his inventions that I like. However the Turboliber, while theoretically a good idea to supposedly replace embossing, in practuce just doesn't deliver the microscopic-level clo...
by Brendan
Sun Apr 09, 2017 8:03 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Controllable Note Bending on MIDI Harmonicas - What are the Options?
Replies: 14
Views: 9096

Re: Controllable Note Bending on MIDI Harmonicas - What are the Options?

Nice! I'm sure it will work great. Assuming on-board mounting on the DM48, I'm trying to get the size down quite a bit. There is something to be said for a longer travel for fine pitch control, but when you're holding the harp at the same time its not so easy to free up a finger to move several cent...
by Brendan
Sun Apr 09, 2017 7:42 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Stretch Harps
Replies: 6
Views: 5106

Re: Stretch Harps

Nice work Roverharp. Yes, hiding that reedplate join was the main reason I used lipped combs. The key to sanding ABS is to keep the speed way down to avoid the melting you mention. Just do the sanding by hand, that will ensure it won't overheat. You can still use guides to make the cut at 90 degrees...
by Brendan
Sun Apr 09, 2017 7:21 am
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Lucky 13 International Video Competition
Replies: 18
Views: 12390

Re: Lucky 13 International Video Competition

I've been travelling and it's been a few days since I checked in here. It's really heart-warming to read the enthusiastic posts about the competitition and the Lucky 13, and interesting to hear how you did your videos. Wow, that iPhone must have a good selfie camera and mic Bill, because your footag...
by Brendan
Sun Apr 09, 2017 6:55 am
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Currently available paddy richter harmonica
Replies: 11
Views: 12285

Re: Currently available paddy richter harmonica

Mention anything you like, this is an easygoing space for open discussion :-) Re. Availability of Paddy Richter Slide Diatonic and Irish Session harps... They are niche items, not widely used. We got them made to order by Hering in small batches, but experienced various problems (long delays in deli...
by Brendan
Wed Apr 05, 2017 6:52 pm
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Lucky 13 International Video Competition
Replies: 18
Views: 12390

Re: Lucky 13 International Video Competition

LUCKY 13 INTERNATIONAL VIDEO COMPETITION PRIZES ANNOUNCED! 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 vide...
by Brendan
Wed Apr 05, 2017 7:48 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Midi harmonica dm48
Replies: 27
Views: 17494

Re: Midi harmonica dm48

Absolutely Chris! The DM48 perfectly fits the category of "Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas" :) Good info on suitable platforms is in the DM48 manual: http://www.lekholminstruments.com/DM48_Manual.pdf I'm using the EwiReasonSounds Refills in the free demo version of Reason. They are fantastic...
by Brendan
Wed Apr 05, 2017 7:28 am
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Lucky 13 International Video Competition
Replies: 18
Views: 12390

Re: Lucky 13 International Video Competition

Wow, 66 entries in the competition! Thanks to everyone who submitted :-)

Today I'm conferring with the other two judges, my business partners David Ireland (UK) and Tu Hua (China), to finalise our scores. Announcement of all 10 prize winners will be by the end of today USA Pacific time. Till then!