Re: About the Hohner Comet

Hi all,

I have a comet in C too.  I find it usefull on some songs to try and play it
so it sounds like like a musette to sort of weave chordal paterns in with
the guitar and vocals.  I like to modulate the volume level so that it's in
the back during the vocal parts, and then kind of crank it up for fills and
soloing.  The beats don't bother me.  I rather think they sound like a wet
tuned accordian.  I also use it on occasion to emulate the sound of a cajun
accordian.  If used sparingly it can be used to add a little spice to a set.
I usually play it in first position, but have used to play in Dm.blues.  I'm
sure there arre other uses I haven't thought of yet.  A lot has to do with
the sort of music you're playing.

I wish I'd gotten the single G first.  Then I could buy the Double in C/F
and have them all.

Oh well.

Mandeville, LA

- ----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Stephen Shaw" <moorcot@xxxxxxx>
To: <ftoral@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>; <harp-l@xxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Thursday, September 04, 2003 7:01 PM
Subject: Re: About the Hohner Comet

> >From: Fernando Javier Toral <ftoral@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> >Subject: About the Hohner Comet
> >Date: Thu, 04 Sep 2003 16:36:03 -0300
> >A friend of mine asked me about these "double" harps, that seem to have
> >two harmonicas integrated in one body. Do any of you have any experience
> >on using these?
> >
> >Fernando Toral
> >Argentina
> Hello Fernando.
> I've had a C Comet for years, but to be honest I haven't found much use
> it.  They are double-reeded, but instead of the two reeds in each hole
> just slightly tuned apart they are tuned an octave apart.  You can do such
> things as play just one row of holes so as to cut out the octave sound,
> bending is quite easy if you do that, but I don't really see much point in
> all that.  A major hassle I've found is that if you don't keep the reed
> tuned exactly an octave apart you get ugly-sounding "beats," and I've
> an irritating tendency for reeds to go very slightly out a bit too
> frequently, resulting in this undesirable effect.  They are great for the
> very occasional novelty turn, but somehow I can't see 'em ever entering
> mainstream!   Only an opinion!
> All the best
> Steve Shaw.
> Want more than the blues?  Try Irish!
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