I'm not a big fan of the duplicate C in solo tuning and though I rarely play chromatic, the two I have are Diminished tuning and Bebop tuning.
What are the pros and cons of beboping (tune the duplicate C to Bb) an Asia bend?
When retuning the X-Reeds (blow reeds set with no gap), you need to open the gap (raise the tip of the reed) so they sound, and you can hear them. When they are at the correct pitch, push down in the slot again to remove the gap. I normally make the X-Reeds about 30 cents sharp, to give a nice stable bend on the corresponding draw reed with some head-room below the lowest bent pitch to allow for vibrato etc.
Here is the current tuning, an all-draw variation on Solo. I've used all sharp names for the notes (eg. A# instead of Bb):
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SLIDE OUT C E G C C E G C C E G C X-Reed A# C# D# G# A# C# D# G# A# C# D# A# HOLE 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 SLIDE IN D F A B D F A B D F A B X-Reed B D# F# G# B D# F# G# B D# F# G#
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SLIDE OUT C E G A# C E G A# C E G A# X-Reed A# C# D# G# A# C# D# G# A# C# D# G# HOLE 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 SLIDE IN D F A B D F A B D F A B X-Reed B D# F# A B D# F# A B D# F# A
The AsiaBend is essentially a modal instrument: setup to be played in a mode and it's related modes. So the present tuning is Ionian mode, but also Dorian, Phrygian, Locrian, Lydian, Aeolian, Mixolydian - depending on where you base your home note. It can be played chromatically via overblows and half-step bending, but those are not the main things it's good at.
Only the blow x-reeds should be sharp, the draws tuned as you normally would.
One change to solo tuning that I used on some of my chromatics is to change the leftmost double C down to an A. That way I have a blow A and Bb, and I also have an A minor chord as well as a C major chord.
Are there any plans to offer the AsiaBend in keys lower than standard C? (I ask partly because I have a student who's fallen in love with Turkish music, where they write things in standard notation but sounding a perfect fourth below written pitch in addition to using microtonal intervals; an AsiaBend in G might be well suited for this.)
Turkish and other Middle Eastern music sounds great on the AsiaBend. I've been playing along to the great Iranian musician Kayhan Kalhor, trying to capture the intensely emotional flavours he gets on his Kamancheh (spiked fuddle). Will upload a clip when I'm on my laptop later.
What is this?
Or is it only a typo, that should mean "spiked fiddle"?
And anyway, what would be this then?
sinn féin - ça ira !
Cad é sin do'n té sin nach mbaineann sin dó
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1yI3H ... 9ktgzTR2qg