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[1 Apr 2011 | Comments Off | 4,374 views]
Microphone Choices: Your Kandy Kolor Questions & More!

by Fritz Hasenpusch
We’ve been looking at the world of mic ‘protection’, of preserving LORD MICROPHONE from the outside in, and of keeping him healthy so he may serve us in good form and function as intended: The surface coatings that keep the hostile elements at bay and help to add personal identity to our chosen sonic tools of the trade.
I’m clearing some space on the workbench here within the paint booth down in the MICROPHONE DUNGEON, prepping to respond to questions that have arrived pertaining to the primer-plain and Kandy Kolor …

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[1 Apr 2011 | 5 Comments | 99,278 views]
Harmonica Workbench: Size Matters

 by Kinya Pollard
For those of you who are thinking what I think you’re thinking; get your mind out of the gutter! We run a clean operation here.
For the Harp-Tech, one of the most important signature techniques to master is “Sizing,” also known as embossing and burnishing. I prefer “Sizing” because the word does a better job of conjuring up the proper image of what the technique is intended to do.
The purpose of sizing is to shrink the reed plate slot just enough to allow the reed to pass through. “But …

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[1 Apr 2011 | Comments Off | 6,887 views]
No More Excuses – Part IV

By David Barrett
We’ve finished 2nd Position, so it’s time to move to our next most common blues harmonica position—3rd Position. Again, let’s start with the basics—which notes match the three blues chords for each hole on the harmonica in 3rd Position. This is your first step in moving from being an intuitive player to a purposeful player. This knowledge is also imperative for accompaniment playing. Grab your C harmonica and let’s dig into blues in the key of D.
We’ll start by listing the notes in the Key of D Major. …

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[1 Apr 2011 | 5 Comments | 42,784 views]
Chromatic for Diatonic Players: Review of 14-Hole Chromatics, Part 2

 By Winslow Yerxa 
In the last issue I gave plenty of data and pictures of three high-end chromatics in C that start on G below Middle C—the 14-hole Hohner Meisterklasse, the 14-hole Suzuki Sirius S-56S, and the 12-hole Seydel Saxony Orchestra. In this issue, I continue with my impressions from actually playing the instruments and with several recordings of each instrument.
Playing Impressions
After all the measuring and photographing, I was finally able to reassemble the instruments and actually play them. I resisted the temptation to adjust, alter, or otherwise change anything about …

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[1 Feb 2011 | Comments Off | 4,317 views]
Microphone Choices: You Want Paint Secrets? We Got ‘Em!

by Fritz Hasenpusch 
Just look at that shine on the HARPMOBILE. The brilliant color, the depth of the gloss… Like the finish on most every car on the showroom floor and by now (by virtue of attrition) just about everything rolling down life’s proverbial hi-way, the secret to the shine is no secret: URETHANE “PAINT.” I’ll put “PAINT” in quotes as it’s more of a coating than paint as was once understood. Whereas paints such as LAQUERS and ENAMELS are composed of fluid vehicles that evaporate to leave their suspended solids behind …

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[1 Feb 2011 | One Comment | 6,871 views]
No More Excuses – Part III

By David Barrett 
In our first issue we explored the standard three chords used in the blues, the I7, IV7 and V7 chords. If you spent the time necessary memorizing those three chords on the C Harmonica and playing the examples to a twelve bar blues jam track in the key of G (2nd Position), then you were ready for what we did in our last issue, playing the ii7 and vi7 chords. I provided you with jam tracks that utilized the common I7—VI7—II7—V7 chord progression; I hope you enjoyed the …

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[1 Feb 2011 | 3 Comments | 51,615 views]
Chromatic for Diatonic Players: Review of 14-Hole Chromatics, Part 1

By Winslow Yerxa
Over the next few issues, I’m going to review several models of 14-hole chromatic harmonicas from Bends, Hering, Hohner, Seydel, and Suzuki. It turns out that several models are available in this unusual size, and their special capabilities are very deserving of your consideration next time you’re in the market for a new chromatic.
 
The Value of 14 Holes
You may wonder, “Why 14 holes?” The more familiar 12-hole size has a three-octave range and fits nicely in the hands. The four-octave size is rather large but has all the …

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[7 Dec 2010 | 2 Comments | 16,736 views]
Harmonica Workbench: Sure, you heard of Volvo…

with Kinya Pollard
Q: What do Volvo and Dick Sjoeberg of Master Harp have in common? 
A: Both call Sweden their home, and both are known for uncompromising quality and innovation.
In the Beginning
Late 2007, while visiting the Harpsmith workshop, Jason Ricci enthusiastically spoke about the unbelievable craftsmanship of the combs he had received from harmonica builder, Dick Sjoeberg of Master Harp www.masterharp.com. If only Jason had the comb to show me!
October of 2008, I had the pleasure of meeting two of Dick Sjoeberg’s students: Magnus and Krister at Steve Baker’s Harmonica Masterclass …

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[7 Dec 2010 | Comments Off | 3,240 views]
Microphone Choices: The Auto (Harp) Industry!

with Fritz Hasenpusch 
Nope, I’m not an insurance salesman, I don’t know the Gecko, and couldn’t guess how much “liability” you should carry. But like a good neighbor I do want to be “there” with the right info when you need it… And in fact, we were talking about insurance of a sort during our last chat here in the MICROPHONE DUNGEON. Insurance for LORD MICROPHONE in the form of protection from the corrosive elements that lurk all about in the environment in which they operate: The stage, the jam, our …

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[7 Dec 2010 | Comments Off | 5,816 views]
No More Excuses – Part II

By David Barrett 
Last issue we explored the standard three chords used in the blues, the I7, IV7 and V7 chords. If you spent the time necessary memorizing those three chords on the C Harmonica and playing the examples to a twelve bar blues jam track, then you’ve already experienced what amazing things it can do for your playing and you’re ready for this new study. If you haven’t, go back and do it. This article will do you no good if you haven’t mastered the basics. The focus of this …