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powerbender A-Dur

Posted: Thu Oct 11, 2018 7:23 am
by drstrange

I wonder if I change from the normal key-A Session Steel from Seydel to
the also available powerbender key A Session Steel from Seydel.

My question is:
Is it very difficult to make this Switch?

I do not Play very often overblows So in my opinion it should be not a big
change from the normal richter A session steel to the powerbender session steel.

Is this true?

BR from Stuttgart

Re: powerbender A-Dur

Posted: Thu Oct 11, 2018 8:41 pm
by Sachlaw
It is not a difficult switch. I would definitely recommend pulling the trigger on it. The natural breath pattern to the upper octave will feel familiar, so you may find yourself playing holes 6 - 10 quite a bit more than you usually do, especially if you are playing multiple positions. The only thing you may "miss" it the 2-5 draw TB split. Instead you have a fat 2-6 draw octave (E - E), and another draw octave on 6-10 (E-E).

Bonus: If you were to take the middle octave of the Powerbender in a repeating pattern up the whole harp, then you have the Powerchromatic tuning that is also discussed on this board. So if you decide to get a harp in that setup (Powerchromatic) down the line, you will already have a familiarity with the breath pattern.

If you are into Easttop, then you can get a sandwich style A Powerbender from Brendan's website for way cheaper than Seydel. I don't have any of that particular release, but I play some other Easttop harps and they make a great harp OOTB for their price. Powerbender may not be for you, so getting an Easttop will save you some money on experimenting.

Re: powerbender A-Dur

Posted: Fri Oct 12, 2018 6:26 am
by drstrange
Hi Sachlaw

Thx for your post.
Yesterday the Seydel session steel PB "A" arrives here in Stuttgart.
I prefer stainless steel reeds, thats why I prefer the Seydel HW.

In fact its a switch and I have to become familiar with that tuning.
Next week I will test ist with the band and give a Feedback oncemore.