Re: Valve stoppers
On Saturday, September 20, 2003 10:39 PM [GMT-7=PDT],Scorcher
> Jimmy sez:
>> Thanks, scorcher and Bob. It does not choke up when I ease up,
>> but a lot of times it is excitment or adrenaline or perhaps too much
> Man, I can name THAT tune....
> Ironman Mike Curtis (for example) plays VERY expressively & tonefully
> on a fully valved 'tonic... -VERY sensitive to technique when bending
> notes - He bends pushin' & pullin', and I can't tell when he's pushin'
> or pullin' - his tone's that consistent.
A slight correction. I usually use a partially valved diatonic, valved on
1-6D and 7-10B. You have to use less wind for these (they're AKA
"windsavers" :-). Otherwise they choke. One fix is to increase reed
offset. But the easiest in the long run (IMHO) is to play valved
exclusively an dadjust your playing.
I have a couple that are fully valved, but so far I haven't figured out how
to make them as responsive as a partially valved (they're extremely
sluggish). But the tone is very full, and consistent on both blow and draw
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