Re: [Harp-L] Help Please with del Junco tuning

Hi Sam

I just checked it on the Seydel website/configurator and yes, you can order this tuning from Seydel... ( in E)... on almost any model.
I retuned on of my beta-harp ( 1847) myself ...since I use a Dremel for that it was no big deal.

The tuning I used is 11.21a on
I like the 7 draw tuned down a semi-tone.... sometimes it easier to play 7 draw tuned down than the 6 overblow... and you can still play chromatic like:
6 blow/6 drawbend/6 draw/7 draw/7 blowbend/7 blow/7 overdraw/8 draw.

The tuning gives you a dominant 7th chord on 1-2-3-4 draw and on 1-2-3-4 blow....!!!

And yes, you cabn tweak the harp to your likings. I did my usual embossing/arcing/gapping/tip scooping etc

Ben Bouman

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Subject: [Harp-L] Help Please with del Junco tuning

Hi folks,

The thread on the alternate tuning for an really interests me as I LOVE del
Junco's "B- Thing". I want to get a couple of E harps and do this tuning
(or maybe just configurate in on a Seydel order and save myself the
trouble). The actual information I need it patchy on the thread. I was
able to glean from it the following: That the tuning is on's
site and listed as Lee Oscar Tuning 11.21.

When I checked this tuning I find that there are actually 4 variations -
11.21, 11.21a, 11.21b, and 11.21c.  Now I'm not so sure which is the one I
want.  My lack of experience here makes me a little timid.

Another post to this thread (Ben Bowman's) states that the tuning changes
from Standard Richter by 1 blow down 2 semi-tones, 1 draw up 3 semi-tones,
and 7 draw down a semi-tone.  What I can deduce from this is that it's the
11.21a that most closely resembles this description.  Am I right?

Another question: Do those wiser than I (of which there are many) think
It's possible that I could configure a Seydel Soloist Pro to this tuning and
end up with a harp that I could tweak (i.e. emboss, gap, etc.) to the point
that I could get those over-blows shown on the tuning chart? E is a high
harp so I'm thinking over-blows are going to work easier on it that on, say,
and A.

Sam Blancato, Pittsburgh
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