Re: Fwd: For tremolo players

does anybody know a site showing note layout of these harmonicas?

I have heard that people play lots of gospel and country on these and that they don't bend so you use what you have.

Are they used only for 1st position or is it possible to play some rock ballads on them as well(?)

how about minor stuff, is that possible - or would you have to pull them apart and retune the reeds (urgh)?

the concept of the double reeds sounds a nice idea for non-amp busking and accompaniment.

any replies offlist from regular players welcome.


>>> Winslow Yerxa <winslowyerxa@xxxxxxxxx> 11/19/03 12:07pm >>>

Swan harmonicas are commonly available in San Francisco. I wouldn't 
bother with their chromatics. Their bass (really a baritone) is 
pretty nice.

They have a set of plastic-combed tremolos that comes in a plush-
lined black carrying box box containing something like 7 keys, for 
which I paid about $55 in a retail store in my neighborhood. They're 
actually decent instruments. Nowhere near as nice as Suzuki tremolos, 
but for 1/7 the price they are much more than 1/7 the instrument. The 
pack includes, if I remember rightly, low F, G, A, B-natural (!), C, 
high D, and high E.


- --- In harp-l-archives@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, "Jonathan E. Brickman" 
<jbrickman@xxxx> wrote:

Some may remember that awhile back I put up a web site called "The
Tremolo", containing as thorough information as I have been able to
gather about tremolo harmonica in general. I had to take a hiatus for
a while, but things are now quite good. "The Tremolo", recently
updated, can now be found here: 

In three to four weeks I will hopefully have real experience to report
based on something wonderful: long efforts to find an Asian source of
tremolo with good ability to sell directly to English-speaking
consumers have, apparently, finally borne real fruits. I posted a
request for help on the Hong Kong Harmonica Association's forum: 

received two very cordial messages on the order of "sorry, we don't
know of any web sites in English, hope you know someone who can read
these two in Chinese", and then two weeks went by, and I received the
message for which I have waited a good bit. Here, at last, is the web
site of the Jiangsu Swan Harmonica Co., Ltd., 

thoroughly in English, with a large number of interesting tremolo
harmonicas, none of which I have seen anywhere else in the world,
several of which are available in all keys! Their online ordering
system does not seem to do English, but I have successfully, rapidly,
and easily contacted them via email, they are ready and eager to work
via direct bank transfer, and when I can afford it I'm going to order
several of their tremolos. I am especially interested in something
they list which appears to be unique. It's on this page: 

and called
NH13-402B 24-hole Aluminum Soundboard & Aluminum shell Harmonica(paper

I believe that a Harmonica "soundboard" in Chinese is a comb in
English, and if this is true, we have here a tremolo with an aluminum
comb! We shall see.

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