New Hohner Chromatica 263
- Subject: New Hohner Chromatica 263
- From: "Barry Groves" <cbgroves@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2004 09:40:39 -0500
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I just bought a Chromatica 263 (not chromonica, this is the glissando =
35 x 2 holes, top row blow, bottom row draw, same note in each pair of
holes. If you isolate top or bottom hole you can bend. I can overblow
already in the middle of the range. Using tongue blocking, I can get =
harmonies up to a major third, maybe a bigger mouth could get wider
the reedplates stick out past the comb, maybe 1/16 inch, about the width =
the white part of a fingernail, making it very hard to get a good seal =
tongueblock. It doesn't seem to affect pucker for draws (bottom row), =
blow bends leak out the sides, and so far I can't get overdraws. The =
is, effectively, recessed between the reedplates.
Between pair of top and bottom holes there are half-round gaps, as if =
makers intended top and bottom holes to combine together into a single
U-shaped chamber. I assume this makes it more difficult to isolate top =
bottom hole, but the recessed comb makes it hard to be sure whether =
gaps are actually a problem.
There are four screws (two top, two bottom) holding the covers to the =
They are not in the way of the pucker embouchure, but lip-tearers for
Note: the reedplates appear to be nailed to the comb.
File the reedplates down until they're flush with the comb. Only solves
problem one, recessed comb.
Build up the comb with some wood- and skin-compatible material. Solves
recessed comb and half-round gaps.
Cover the four screws with wax, or hot glue, something smooth and also
I don't have the skills for any of these except the hot glue. Sure I =
file the reedplates down, but they need to be extremely fine when =
no burrs on the lips please. And to be close to the comb, the new =
edges are going to be very close to the front edges of the covers.
I could fill in the front with beeswax and then drill out all of the =
which is starting to seem like a good idea. I know it's normally used =
sealing combs, but it seems as if it would work for adding thickness. =
it's not permanent (is it?).
Or, it being a wooden comb, can I expect it to expand to fill the recess =
the wood absorbs moisture?
And maybe there's some functional aspect of the recessed comb that I'm
missing, and would be lost with any customization.
Any thoughts? Thanks for your time,
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