Re: [Harp-L] help me choose the right chromatic harmonica !

On Mon, Aug 24, 2009 at 8:55 AM, Winslow Yerxa <winslowyerxa@xxxxxxxxx>wrote:

> if you half-valve a chromatic (remove all the valves on the outside of each
> reedplate) you will be able to get bends that sound like diatonic bends
> (because both blow and draw reeds will contribute to the sound of the bent
> note), but those bends will be limited in range to at most a semitone.
> That's what I meant about not being able to bend deeply on a half-valved
> chromatic.

That's true for solo-tuned instruments. I believe some half-valving
proponents also adopt alternate tuning arranges such as diminished or
so-called Richter tunings that allow deeper two-reed bends.

Arthur Jennings

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