[Harp-L] re: Long Throw Slides?:
Joseph Bernard writes:
"Long throw slides = cross tuning? "
Yes. This should not be confused with "cross" position (2nd
position) on diatonic harmonicas. The common terms for the two most
common types of slider design are "straight tuned" or "short-stroke"
for one type and "cross tuned" or "long-stroke" for the other as
Winslow described. Try this page for more information and best of
all some pictures:
"Some players feel that wider holes give bigger tone"
To which you responded:
"This is what I'm looking for."
But you seem to have missed the main thrust of Winslow's point when
he wrote that. Indeed, this is the entirety of what he wrote on tone
and slider design:
"Some players feel that wider holes give bigger tone (personally, I
find no difference, and I always go for a full, loud sound). "
He wasn't agreeing with the idea that wider holes make for a "bigger"
tone, rather disagreeing with it. And I agree with Winslow on this.
I don't think that wider holes do much of anything for the tone or
similar in a chromatic harmonica. The amount of air the reeds need
to properly operate is sufficient in straight tuned sliders. Hole
size in wind instruments such as the harmonica is an interesting
area. Too small a hole will create winding issues which can be
easily noticed. But, once the hole is large enough, then increasing
hole size has no effect. I believe that the size of the straight
tuned slider hole is already large enough, and so increasing this as
in the cross-tuned design has no effect. At least for reeds the
pitch and scale found in chromatic harmonicas.
()() JR "Bulldogge" Ross
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