[Harp-L] Any Switch Harp players here?

David Fairweather dmf273@xxxxx
Mon May 20 01:56:07 EDT 2019

I've found that with Switch harps in the key of A or lower there's little
or no need to tune the high end sharp to compensate for Helmholz resonance.
At least not for my less than perfect pitch sensibilities.  The movable
mouthpiece seemed weird at first but I got used to it within a couple of
weeks. Deep low end bends are more difficult because of the added distance
between your mouth and the reeds but I've gotten used to that too.  The
pros far outweigh the cons for me.

On Sun, May 19, 2019, 6:32 PM Rick Dempster <rickdempster33 at xxxxx>

> I have one on the way from Brendan, David.
> I have been using modified Sub30s for sometime now,
> but it's difficult to get them to work right.
> I have ceased overblowing, as I dislike the sound (a single reed, played
> in reverse, with no sympathetic
> opposing reed supplying overtones, doesn't do it for me, and I've done it
> for nearly forty years!)
> I have been trying to devise a valved mouthpiece to produce
> someting akin to Brenda's 'Unibender'. Breandan appears to
> have done it, but has not yet made ir available, due to patent delays.
> I am buying a switchharp setup because retuning a Sub 30 to F (a key I
> need frequently)
> is just too problematic.
> I play chrom as well, but don't waht that sound in all the music I play.
> Also, of late I've been playing harp in a rack, so I don't really want to
> have to push a button.
> RD
> On Mon, 20 May 2019 at 07:15, David Fairweather <dmf273 at xxxxx> wrote:
>> Unless I'm out on a blues gig where a regular old diatonic would be most
>> appropriate,  my harps of choice for my own enjoyment are the Lekholm
>> DM-48
>> and the Switch Harp from Brendan Power.   These are 21st Century harps
>> full
>> of fun and exploration for the adventurous.  The DM-48 has a pretty steep
>> learning curve but once that hill is climbed, its possibilities are
>> infinite.  We can talk about that another time.  The Switch Harp is much
>> more accessible, pocket sized and also full of possibilities.   But I
>> rarely hear about anyone here using it.   Why not?

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