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by Brendan
Tue Jan 28, 2020 1:27 pm
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: SPAH 2020
Replies: 1
Views: 1785

Re: SPAH 2020

I think so, but not definite yet - still working out the details. If I attend it would be for the bulk of the festival.
by Brendan
Tue Jan 28, 2020 1:25 pm
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Any Power-parts for Chromettas?
Replies: 2
Views: 1983

Re: Any Power-parts for Chromettas?

A long time ago I made and sold something called "The Hot Chrometta":
Chrometta 12 and 10.jpg
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But not now, sorry. It's too much of a niche product to spend the time necessary to create products just for it.
by Brendan
Tue Jan 28, 2020 12:51 pm
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Lucky 13 - Best harp I've played!
Replies: 8
Views: 4256

Re: Lucky 13 - Best harp I've played!

Sorry for the incorrect date. Roland, our China partner who does the posting of the Lucky 13 from Shanghai, has been travelling in the USA during the Chinese New Year holiday period, returning home soon. However we now have the complication of the coronavirus issue, with authorities in China orderin...
by Brendan
Thu Jan 16, 2020 5:31 pm
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Melodically and harmonically versatile slide (or slide-diatonic) tuning
Replies: 7
Views: 9593

Re: Melodically and harmonically versatile slide (or slide-diatonic) tuning

Yes, the possibilities are endless if you think of a slide harmonica not as a Chromatic but as essentially a Slide-Diatonic. The slide notes can be configured in so many useful ways to add cool extra functionality, regardless of the base Slide-Out tuning. You show some good options with the hexatoni...
by Brendan
Wed Jan 08, 2020 9:24 pm
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Question about Easy 3rd / Do it!
Replies: 7
Views: 9126

Re: Question about Easy 3rd / Do it!

Rick Epping has been playing Irish music to a high level on the standard Easy Third Tuning for many decades. He uses tongue blocking with chord vamping and octaves to get a very full sound. Joel Andersson has adopted Rick's style and extended it further with tongue-switching. It's great for their st...
by Brendan
Fri Jan 03, 2020 7:29 pm
Forum: Brendan's Custom Harmonicas, Tunings, etc
Topic: Another beginner question
Replies: 2
Views: 1933

Re: Another beginner question

Good question. If you listen closely to accomplished Irish trad players, you'll hear they vary the melody every time around. Some do it more or take it further than others. These variations are not full-blown improvisation because the underlying melody is still the basis of the playing, but they do ...
by Brendan
Thu Dec 26, 2019 12:00 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Regular Scottish Tuning
Replies: 19
Views: 18671

Re: Regular Scottish Tuning

Thanks for chiming in Ron. A few queries if you don't mind:

What inspired your Scottish Tuning?
When did you devise it?
Have you used it already, or will this be the first time it actually made in a harmonica?

Bp
by Brendan
Wed Dec 25, 2019 10:34 am
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Regular Scottish Tuning
Replies: 19
Views: 18671

Re: Regular Scottish Tuning

I agree Edvin, they are exactly the same tuning starting in a different place in the scale. You can go this with other tunings that repeat as you say, like Solo, PowerChromatic etc. It's interesting that Ron Taylor developed his scale independently of Patrick, and it came to me a short time after In...
by Brendan
Tue Dec 24, 2019 12:27 pm
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: Regular Scottish Tuning
Replies: 19
Views: 18671

Regular Scottish Tuning

I recently received a request from a customer in Scotland, Ron Taylor, to retune a Lucky 13 to what he called "Scottish Tuning". This is his creation apparently, and allows him to play in D major as well as A major and A Mixolydian without bends. A Mixolydian is used a lot in Scottish folk music. Ch...
by Brendan
Sat Dec 21, 2019 2:58 pm
Forum: Interesting Alternative Harmonica Ideas
Topic: intentional windsaver blocking
Replies: 1
Views: 7531

Re: intentional windsaver blocking

Hmmm... Doing that is cutting out a whole bunch of reeds from sounding! Not recommended. The windsavers block and un-block themselves advantageously in response to your breath. The idea is that they block the air through the non-sounding reed slot so the sounding reed has a purer sound and better re...