[Harp-L] Any Switch Harp players here?

Rick Dempster rickdempster33@xxxxx
Mon May 20 05:19:54 EDT 2019

I have purchased the harps separately, David. Did you buy it all made up,
or fit them yourself?
Anyhow, I have a low F and low E. My main interest is F in ist position, so
the flats etc, will be with button out, which I prefer if possible.
I notice you play a bit of stuff outside of the blues. Always interested to
hear what you're up to.

On Mon, 20 May 2019 at 15:56, David Fairweather <dmf273 at xxxxx> wrote:

> 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>
> wrote:
>> 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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