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by Brendan
Sun Apr 16, 2017 8:25 am
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: How would you retune an Asia Bend?
Replies: 16
Views: 16623

Re: How would you retune an Asia Bend?

The x-reeds simply need to be bent out a bit for tuning, so they have a normal gap and sound when blown. When you have them at the pitch you want return them to zero gap.

Only the blow x-reeds should be sharp, the draws tuned as you normally would.
by Brendan
Sun Apr 16, 2017 8:21 am
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Why this Forum?
Replies: 16
Views: 27605

Re: Why this Forum?

Hi Triona, thanks for your suggestion of an easy introductory board. Initially we did have many boards but now just trying to keep them down to two. But if you want to start a thread on one of the boards called "Introducing Ourselves/Myself" or similar, please feel free. Others can add to it if they...
by Brendan
Fri Apr 14, 2017 11:03 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: OVERBLOWING - Where to From Here?
Replies: 20
Views: 17938

Re: OVERBLOWING - Where to From Here?

As noted, I feel that the current 10-hole 20-reed harps, based on the iconic Hohner Marine Band design from 1896, have reached the end of their tether when it comes to their ability to give the increasing sophistication of overblow players what they need in order to fully express themselves in the f...
by Brendan
Thu Apr 13, 2017 8:53 am
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: What Would You Like to See?
Replies: 26
Views: 20783

Re: What Would You Like to See?

Thanks all for your suggestions! 'Bite-size video lessons' seem to get the thumbs up from several of you, and indeed a series of them in different areas is something I've been planning to do for a while. As mentioned, if well planned it's a good way to build up a body of related lessons that could b...
by Brendan
Wed Apr 12, 2017 8:22 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Alternative Major cross.
Replies: 14
Views: 13875

Re: Alternative Major cross.

Sorry it took a while but I get it now: same core tuning but with the root note of the two keys in different places, hole 1 and hole 3. I think I found it confusing as I've never used the concept of tuning two harps as a linked pair - I've always thought of each as separate but which I'd sometimes p...
by Brendan
Wed Apr 12, 2017 1:01 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Alternative Major cross.
Replies: 14
Views: 13875

Re: Alternative Major cross.

Ah, so it is a purely D tuning. It was the description of it as "English G/D Tuning" that got me confused. I thought you were aiming to create a diatonic that could play equally well in G and D, but actually you use two harps in different tunings. Which do you prefer, your English G or English D tun...
by Brendan
Tue Apr 11, 2017 11:36 pm
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: HARMONICA and BUTTON-BOX: New Album with Tim Edey
Replies: 8
Views: 6692

Re: New Album with Tim Edey

OK, the album is out:

HARMONICA & BUTTON BOX: New Album with Tim Edey

Free-reed mayhem! Live and leaping. Go here for a listen:

http://www.brendan-power.com/HarmonicaAndButton-Box.php
by Brendan
Tue Apr 11, 2017 7:46 pm
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: OVERBLOWING - Where to From Here?
Replies: 20
Views: 17938

Re: OVERBLOWING - Where to From Here?

Thanks for your comments Andre and Winslow. I'm of the opinion overall harp design is a more fruitful avenue to explore than improving reed efficiency on the current type of harp.

Winslow, could you supply a better photo of the Discrete Comb than the one I found earlier in this thread?
by Brendan
Tue Apr 11, 2017 11:37 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Alternative Major cross.
Replies: 14
Views: 13875

Re: Alternative Major cross.

Nick, I'm still a bit puzzled with your English G/D Tuning: Blow G B D F#A c# e g c#e Draw A C#E G B d f#a b d BTW, I have a thread on how to input tunings so they come out with good registration on the main board. Here's how yours looks: ENGLISH G/D TUNING BLOW G B D F# A C# E G C# E HOLE 1 2 3 4 5...
by Brendan
Mon Apr 10, 2017 9:41 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Alternative Major cross.
Replies: 14
Views: 13875

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...