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by Brendan
Tue May 02, 2017 2:54 pm
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Midi harmonica dm48
Replies: 27
Views: 18863

Re: Midi harmonica dm48

Set Solo Assist to 20, that will help with clear single notes.
by Brendan
Sun Apr 30, 2017 11:28 pm
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Midi harmonica dm48
Replies: 27
Views: 18863

Re: Midi harmonica dm48

Chis Hein has a chromatic harmonica MIDI patch set out:

https://www.bestservice.de/en/chris_hei ... onica.html

Erik Lekholm has tried it on the DM48, sounds good. Though to me the point of a MIDI harmonica is NOT to sound like a harmonica: I have plenty of traditional ones for that.
by Brendan
Sun Apr 30, 2017 11:23 pm
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Rampless Chromatic Comb
Replies: 14
Views: 10991

Re: Rampless Chromatic Comb

Looks like the Easttop brass chromatic combs, David :-) They have the integral front lip also. You must have access to a nice CNC machine to make your design, if you're doing it in metal. Comb ramps should rightly be called Tate Ramps, because Douglas Tate was the one to invent them. All they do is ...
by Brendan
Sat Apr 22, 2017 8:23 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: The need for valves.
Replies: 8
Views: 6417

Re: The need for valves.

In my experience Nick, it's best to take valves off standard Solo-tuned chromatics in a selective manner. The valves that cause sticking problems are the outside ones, due to condensation from your breath on the reedplates holding the valves down with capillary attraction. Trimming the outside valve...
by Brendan
Fri Apr 21, 2017 8:50 am
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: How would you retune an Asia Bend?
Replies: 16
Views: 16617

Re: How would you retune an Asia Bend?

Oops yes, spiked fiddle :-)
by Brendan
Fri Apr 21, 2017 8:22 am
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: How would you retune an Asia Bend?
Replies: 16
Views: 16617

Re: How would you retune an Asia Bend?

I've made some myself from standard chroms in A, G and D, but presently no plans to offer the commercial model in other keys. I'd recommend the custom-tuning method at present for your student. Turkish and other Middle Eastern music sounds great on the AsiaBend. I've been playing along to the great ...
by Brendan
Fri Apr 21, 2017 8:16 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Bass Harmonica
Replies: 2
Views: 7095

Re: Bass Harmonica

The bassier ranges are certainly nice-sounding, but the usual way we get expression on a harmonica - via embouchure-induced pitch bending - cannot be used once you get below a certain point. Our mouths and tongues are simply not big enough to make the chamber alterations required. That would make lo...
by Brendan
Fri Apr 21, 2017 7:59 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Opened back harps
Replies: 1
Views: 2735

Re: Opened back harps

Newer Easttop harps like the Blues Player do have open backs.
by Brendan
Fri Apr 21, 2017 7:58 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Lipped comb & Hemholtz Resonance
Replies: 6
Views: 12723

Re: Lipped comb & Hemholtz Resonance

I think there is a bit of confusion here between narrowness and length of chambers and total volume. Helmholtz Resonance Coupling is the phenomenon where the resonant frequency of the combined chamber of mouth and comb slot interacts with the pitch of the reed. If the Helmholtz resonance is lower th...
by Brendan
Sun Apr 16, 2017 3:23 pm
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Introduce yourself
Replies: 57
Views: 87455

Re: Introduce yourself

Thanks Triona! Such varied skills and interests - I enjoyed your playing too. Great to have you here on the forum :-)