[Harp-L] Lee Oskar repairs/customisers

Brendan Power bren@xxxxx
Fri Apr 14 05:40:24 EDT 2017

I think Tom Halchak's round up of the place of Lee Oskar harps versus other
brands was excellent. Overblowing/overdrawing is certainly the main choiuce
for playing chromatically on the blues harp, and so pros tend to play harps
with reeds that are overblow-friendly. I'd add the upcoming Chinese maker
Easttop to his list of good harps for overblow setup, and they certainly
overblow well out of the box.


The bigger question of whether overbending will remain as the dominant way
for 10-hole harp players to play chromatically is a moot point. I'd argue
that overblowing has reached a stage where the current 20 reed Marine
Band-based harps are simply not keeping up with the every more sophisticated
abilities of the players, and that eventually something will have to give.
Either overblow-friendly harps will have to improve, or other ways to
achieve chromaticism whilst retaining the bluesyinteractrive-reed bending
qualities of the diatonic will start to become more attractive. 


I discuss this interesting question at length here:

<http://www.brendan-power.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=23> &t=23


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