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by Brendan
Sun Mar 26, 2017 12:40 pm
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Controllable Note Bending on MIDI Harmonicas - What are the Options?
Replies: 14
Views: 9100

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

Talking of "Interesting Alternative Ideas in the Harmonica Scene", they don't come much more interesting or alternative than the new DM48 MIDI harmonica: http://www.lekholminstruments.com/ I was honoured by the inventor Erik Lekholm to be his beta tester of the first prototype. It was a fascinating ...
by Brendan
Sun Mar 26, 2017 12:07 pm
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Why this Forum?
Replies: 16
Views: 26336

Re: Why this Forum?

Hi Patrice, thanks for joining us here :) This forum is partly about my stuff, but also very open to interesting alternative ideas in the wider harmonica scene. So if you know or hear of anything, let us know. For example, since you are French, what's new with the local scene - and Yonberg in partic...
by Brendan
Sun Mar 26, 2017 11:58 am
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Asia bend, Auto Valve comb and the Lucky 13!!
Replies: 20
Views: 15312

Re: Asia bend, Auto Valve comb and the Lucky 13!!

Thanks for joining us Burke, I always enjoy reading your thoughts in emails and other forums. I will emphasise to Easttop again the importance of maintaining standards with tuning. Bit it's good that more and more players, not just harp techs like you, have the skills now to fine tune and gap their ...
by Brendan
Sun Mar 26, 2017 11:43 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: HAPPY ACCIDENTS: the Law of Unintended (Good) Consequences
Replies: 6
Views: 4455

Re: HAPPY ACCIDENTS: the Law of Unintended (Good) Consequences

Winslow, if you know Harland could you make him aware of this forum and invite him to contribute? Or please send me his email address and I'll do it. It would be fantastic to have someone like that here to let us know about some of the weird and wonderful harmonicas produced in the past. It could be...
by Brendan
Sun Mar 26, 2017 11:30 am
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Lucky 13 in PowerBender, PowerDraw & Paddy Richter
Replies: 36
Views: 32183

Re: Lucky 13 in PowerBender, PowerDraw & Paddy Richter

Well done on being pro-active, looking forward to hearing it :)
by Brendan
Sat Mar 25, 2017 5:32 pm
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: HAPPY ACCIDENTS: the Law of Unintended (Good) Consequences
Replies: 6
Views: 4455

Re: HAPPY ACCIDENTS: the Law of Unintended (Good) Consequences

Thanks for that fascinating historical detail Winslow. You state: "The other main ways of building a harmonica, the Wiener (Viennese) and Knittlinger, put blow and draw reeds side by side so as to have two complete sets of reeds (one set on each reedplate) and always sound two reeds (two blow or two...
by Brendan
Sat Mar 25, 2017 5:20 pm
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Power Chromatic
Replies: 76
Views: 79211

Re: Power Chromatic - also Left-Handed Chromatics

Nice one :) I see you're left-handed playing a standard right-handed chrom. Was it strange/annoying having to learn that way, with low notes on the right? Last year I created a bunch of left-handed combs for various chromatic models, including the CX-12: http://www.brendan-power.com/combs-lefties.ph...
by Brendan
Sat Mar 25, 2017 5:10 pm
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Asia bend, Auto Valve comb and the Lucky 13!!
Replies: 20
Views: 15312

Re: Asia bend, Auto Valve comb and the Lucky 13!!

Glad you're liking it Sachlaw. If they are of any help, there are a bunch of videos on the AsiaBend page of my website:

http://www.brendan-power.com/harmonicas ... p#asiabend
by Brendan
Sat Mar 25, 2017 12:06 pm
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Inputting Harmonica Tunings
Replies: 5
Views: 4975

Inputting Harmonica Tunings

The board Admin David Ireland has just shown me how to input harmonica tunings with clarity on this forum. It's really easy, even I can do it! Since alt tunings will feature quite a bit here I'm sure, here's how it's done: 1. Select the </> symbol in the button above the text box. 2. The words (code...
by Brendan
Sat Mar 25, 2017 9:13 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: HAPPY ACCIDENTS: the Law of Unintended (Good) Consequences
Replies: 6
Views: 4455

HAPPY ACCIDENTS: the Law of Unintended (Good) Consequences

We all know the story of how Richter tuning, created by a German in the 19th Century to play oom-pah music on the harmonica in 1st position, turned out to be magically wonderful for playing wailing , soulful Blues music when the harp was played in the 'wrong' key. 2nd Position blues harp was born, a...