[Harp-L] bending notes on Hohner Unsere Lieblinge Harmonicas

I hate to disagree with Bertram, but in fact you CAN play both single reed and 
double reed bends on harmonicas with each reed in its own chamber.

The only thing that prevents it on *some* of the notes is that, in some holes, 
Hohner punches a little hole in the horizontal divider between the top and 
bottom half of the hole, making it impossible to isolate a single reed. But a 
drop of wood glue on a toothpick and some drying time can cure that problem.

Now, if you want a single reed bend or overbend, just isolate the one reed you 
want to bend. If you want a dual reed bend, any draw note or any blow note can 
be bent, provided you can pair it up with the note in a neighboring hole.

For instance, if you have Blow C in one hole and Draw A in the hole to the left, 
get those two holes in your mouth, isolating either the top or bottom row, and 
bend the blow C down to Bb.

Or if you have Draw A and Blow G in neighboring holes, you can bend the Draw A 
down to Ab.

 Winslow Yerxa
Author, Harmonica For Dummies ISBN 978-0-470-33729-5
Harmonica instructor, The Jazzschool for Music Study and Performance
Resident expert, bluesharmonica.com
Columnist, harmonicasessions.com

From: becher95 web.de <becher95@xxxxxx>
To: Helmuth2849@xxxxxxx; harp-l@xxxxxxxxxx
Sent: Wed, January 5, 2011 11:09:54 PM
Subject: Re: [Harp-L] Re: Hohner Unsere Lieblinge Harmonicas

Hi group,

just to prevent confusions or dissappointment:
A full double reed bend or overblows are not possible on separate combed 
harmonicas, like the one described below - this is due to the fact that 
with these techniques ALWAYS two corresponding reeds are involved for 
producing the bending note or the overblow notes. Single reed bends like 
on a chrom or a fully valved diatonic are possible.



Am 05.01.2011 16:05, schrieb Helmuth2849@xxxxxxx:
> Hello, Eric Schaller
> The Unsere Lieblinge ("Little Darlings") harmonicas were made by Hohner
> from before World War 2 to the present, for the German and French markets.
> They  are just intonation-tuned,
> The German harps are named Unsere Lieblinge, the French are labeled Modele
> Alsacien. They are the same model numbers, with different names.
> They all have wood combs, and they are octave-tuned harmonicas, with brass
> reeds and .9mm thick brass reed plates.
> Once the note placement setup is learned, they could be very useful as rock
>   or blues harps, for their octave playing, producing more resonance and
> more  volume than the single reed per note diatonic 10-hole blues harps. They
> are  similar to the Hohner Comet harps sold in the USA.
> Bending and overblowing are possible, by playing either the top horizontal
> row of reeds, or the bottom horizontal row of reeds. The octave harps may
> be  played two notes together, vertically, one row separately, or a mouthful
> of  reeds, either melodically horizontal) or vertically (harmonically).
> Catalog # 6194 has 12 double holes, 24 reeds, 4" long, and is in C  only.
> #6195 has 16 double holes, 32 reeds, 5" long, in C or G.
> #6196 has 14 double holes, 28 reeds, 4.5" long, in C.
> #7330 has 20 double holes, 40 reeds, is 7" long, in C, F or G.
> #7331 has 40 double holes, 80 reeds (it's double-sided), 7" long, in C and
> G. It was discontinued around 1994 (a guess).
> #7332 has 24 double holes, 48 reeds, is 7" long, in C or G.
> The case of the Unsere Lieblinges is a cardboard material, with the model
> name and pictures of 2 ladies on the case cover.
> In the past, during the era of USA President Ronald Reagan and  Soviet
> Union President Brezhnev, the two ladies were changed to the two  countries'
> president's pictures. Why, it's a mystery, but it may be to  commemorate the
> presidents' signing of the nuclear weapons reduction  treaty.
> Or, Hohner may have had a sense of humor by naming the two presidents
> "Little Darlings."
> Happy New Year
> John Broecker



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