[Harp-L] Tombo Violin Scale Harmonica #1157?
Hello, Bob "Crazy About Slideless Chromatics" Coble.
Is your Tombo catalog #1157 correct for the Tombo Violin Scale harp? In my
1999 (or earlier) Tombo catalog, the Violin Scale harp is listed as catalog
#1577. Are they the same instrument, with a different catalog number?
The 1999 Tombo catalog has this description: Tombo Violin Scale slideless
chromatic harmonica has a note range of low g (highest G in the bass clef)
to C4, (two octaves above the treble clef) a range of 3.5 octaves, identical
to the range of the Hohner Meisterklasse slide chromatic, and other solo
system 14-hole slide chromatics.
The Tombo Violin Scale is an extended key of C harp, in solo system note
placement. It was named Violin Scale by the manufacturer, stating that it has
the same tessitura (note range) as a violin.
TOMBO Violin Scale Slideless Harmonica (based on your note chart):
The natural notes (bottom reed plate) are under and to the left of the #
keys of the top plate. The large letters are blow notes, the small letters
are draw notes:
Hole: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24
Top Plate: ||a# |G# |b# |C# |d# |E# |f# |G# |a# |C# |b# |C# |d# |E#
|f# |G# |a# |C# |b#|C# |d# |E# |f# |G# |etc
Bottom Plate: ||a |G |b |C |d |E |f |G |a |C |b |C
|d |E |f |G |a |C |b |C |d |E |f |G |
Holes 25-27 aren't listed in the above chart, due to space constraints. But
holes 25-27 are the same setup as holes 17-19, an octave higher in pitch.
Compare the above Violin Scale chart to the Hohner Mesiterklasse slide
chromatic; Swan #1456 slide chromatic, and Suzuki SCX-56,SC-56, SC56G, and
Magic Garden slide chromatics. If your note chart is correct, they are all the
John "Crazy About Tombo" Broecker
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