Re: [Harp-L] Question for all you Marine Band Customizers
Just an idea to consider, for those of you who, like me, like the extended range of 12-14 holes on a diatonic harp. I have a standard 364 in C. I don't particularly care for the size & hole spacing. I am trying out the Seydel Solist Pro12, which fits my needs. These can be ordered stock or in custom tuning, which I am using.
-------------- Original message from fjm <bad_hat@xxxxxxxx>: --------------
> I play both stock ans modified 365/364 series Hohners. I also play the
> SBS harmonicas which share the comb of the 365.
> I obtained several composite combs in the 14 hole size. I bolted up a D
> SBS plate to one to try it out. I only used the 2 end bolts that hold
> the covers on to hold the harmonica together. 6 years later that D SBS
> is still in my gig bag held by only those 2 bolts. Just having
> something dead flat to bolt the plates 2 fixed most of my problems with
> the 14 hole body.
> I have a couple of reworked 364's too. Both on composite combs, both
> solo tunings. One is in Bb the other is C. They both play quite well
> but the reason I had them made is they're in configurations that Hohner
> doesn't currently make. The 1 draw on the Bb is pretty much impossible
> for me to bend and I can get the 1 draw on a Seydel low low F. I have
> no trouble with the 1 and 2 draw on a stock 365 in C. Stephen does
> bring up a good point though. Those are really long reeds in very large
> chambers. I think the reason I can't get the 1 draw on the Bb is it's
> just too low for the comb.
> There is a cheap way to experiment with this. Get Randy Sandoval or
> Chris Reynolds to make you a 365 comb and just get some stock plates
> bolted to that and see what you think. You can get custom work done on
> 365's but it costs. James Gordon used to do it. Pat Missin is another
> good candidate. In fact an optomised 365 from Pat might be another
> relatively inexpensive way to try this 365 thing out.
> Here's another thought. 365/364 Hohners are different to play than any
> other harmonica I've ever run across. They take some getting used to.
> I've always played them. My first harmonica was a 365 in C. My
> experience of the line has always been good. I don't find them to be
> especially leaky or hard to play but again I started out on one. I
> don't know the state of the current Hohner product. 365's don't wear
> out very often. The 365 I have lying around is at least a decade old.
> Might could be the new ones are sieves but I doubt it. I do have a
> fairly modern SBS and it plays just fine. 365/364's and SBS are the
> only harmonicas I play in their stock configurations. I'm pretty fussy
> about tuning and I don't bother to tear down these harmonicas because
> for how I play they work really well out of the box. The better combs
> are nice though. If I were more focused in terms of my time I would
> bother to marshal the resources to upgrade to composites. They do get
> more airtight on flat combs. As always your mileage will vary. Hope
> this helps, fjm
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