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by Brendan
Fri Mar 27, 2020 8:11 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Midi Sounds from a Standard Harmonica
Replies: 5
Views: 8681

Midi Sounds from a Standard Harmonica

This is an interesting new area which can apply to any type of solo harmonica, chromatic or diatonic, in any tuning, so I think this is the more suitable board to discuss it. Over the past couple of months I've been spending a lot of time exploring various pitch-to-Midi solutions. This is basically ...
by Brendan
Tue Mar 24, 2020 10:43 am
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Status Update
Replies: 3
Views: 3753

Re: Status Update

Things are changing rapidly by the day here in the UK, as with everywhere in the world. All the China-based harps will continue to be posted out, but with the UK in lockdown from today, we're uncertain how this will affect posting the home-based products. For now things continue as they are, but if ...
by Brendan
Tue Mar 24, 2020 10:38 am
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Memorization
Replies: 2
Views: 1986

Re: Memorization

If you play sessions regularly you can retain many tunes in your memory but, as with anything else, if you play infrequently the number of tunes will be far less of course.

I'm glad you're enjoying the book :-)
by Brendan
Tue Mar 24, 2020 12:22 am
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: NEW - instructional videos for Play Irish Music on the Blues Harp
Replies: 6
Views: 2539

Re: NEW - instructional videos for Play Irish Music on the Blues Harp

Hi Triona,

The videos are only for streaming on Vimeo, not download. Do you have a smartphone? That should play the Vimeo videos OK.
by Brendan
Mon Mar 23, 2020 8:52 am
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: NEW - instructional videos for Play Irish Music on the Blues Harp
Replies: 6
Views: 2539

Re: NEW - instructional videos for Play Irish Music on the Blues Harp

Hi Triona,

Hopefully the Vimeo site is working for you now, but in the meantime you can also watch the trailer video on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6LViYOFDtfQ
by Brendan
Tue Mar 17, 2020 9:27 pm
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Status Update
Replies: 3
Views: 3753

Re: Status Update

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by Brendan
Tue Mar 17, 2020 4:20 pm
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Status Update
Replies: 3
Views: 3753

Status Update

Hi Friends, Apologies for my forumic quiescence of late, but it reflects a bit of a change of focus this year. Instead of putting a lot of time and effort into creating niche-market harmonica stuff made in my home workshop (the 3d printed parts etc), I'm only going to release some selected designs t...
by Brendan
Tue Feb 25, 2020 3:57 pm
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: QUESTION: Is diatonic solo tuned harmonica with recessed reedplates and 12 holes produced?
Replies: 9
Views: 11538

Re: QUESTION: Is diatonic solo tuned harmonica with recessed reedplates and 12 holes produced?

Hi Arsen... I used Suzuki Harpmaster/Bluesmaster combs. However you could use any lipped combs: Seydel Session, Hohner Special 20 etc. Actually I made my first Stretch Harps from Special 20 combs back in 1980 and used them for rest of the decade. They were 11-hole size, to fit Regular Breath Tuning,...
by Brendan
Sun Feb 16, 2020 11:54 pm
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: QUESTION: Is diatonic solo tuned harmonica with recessed reedplates and 12 holes produced?
Replies: 9
Views: 11538

Re: QUESTION: Is diatonic solo tuned harmonica with recessed reedplates and 12 holes produced?

You could make your own by slicing up and gluing together two lipped combs from 10-hole harps, then putting in the reedplates from a 12 hole solo diatonic. I used to offer these (I called them Stretch Harps), but no longer.
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by Brendan
Sun Feb 16, 2020 11:49 pm
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Hohner Auto-Valve Harp
Replies: 2
Views: 4781

Re: Hohner Auto-Valve Harp

It's not hard - you only have two reeds to retune, the hole 3 blow on both reedplates, and it seems you know how to do that :-)