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[28 Jul 2011 | Comments Off | 3,514 views]
Microphone Choices: The Shine of Your Kandy Kolor Questions!

 by Fritz Hasenpusch  
The roughly textured walls of the MICROPHONE DUNGEON are speckled with POST-IT notes on which I’ve scrawled your questions dealing with the coatings that might suit LORD MICROPHONE. How to preserve its inherent state and condition, make it easier to hang onto, jazz it up, personalize it and make it a showpiece. On our last outing we took a look at the retro methods of the Rat Rodders, the benefits of primer coats, and the choice of leaving your audio arsenal in this primary state of preservation. The protection …

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[7 Jun 2011 | 2 Comments | 12,010 views]
Harmonica Workbench: Go ahead, take the PLUNZ!

with Kinya Pollard 
Long time readers know I have an insatiable appetite for technology and techniques for improving the tone and playability of the diatonic harmonica.
As it turns out, I actually had on my list for future articles to build a double reed plate harmonica. So, when Mauro “Plunz” Pionzio, from Plunz Special Harp invited me to review his new “Forty Plus” double reed plate retrofit kit for the Hohner Special 20 (yes, I’m still in love with the SP20 after all these years), it was a no brainer for me …

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[7 Jun 2011 | Comments Off | 2,907 views]
Microphone Choices: Your Kandy Kolor Questions Kontinued…

“At The Harmonica Microphone Bench”
with Fritz Hasenpusch 
Down here in the MICROPHONE DUNGEON there’s a veritable kornucopia of possible kolors, an avalanche of additives for personalizing microphone coatings. There are any number of ways to adjust the look and feel of your harpmic by way of the coatings applied to it. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves…
On our last visit we looked at the specialized task of prepping a mic (in this case, one with badly pitted chrome skin) for re-coating—whether plating or painting. No matter the methods and …

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[7 Jun 2011 | Comments Off | 8,372 views]
No More Excuses – Part V (1st Position, Part 2)

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 1st Position 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 …

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[7 Jun 2011 | Comments Off | 14,745 views]
Review of 14-Hole Chromatics, Part 3 Chromatic for Diatonic Players

By Winslow Yerxa  
 Last time I reviewed two high-end 14-hole chromatics from Hohner and Suzuki, and a Seydel 12-holer that also starts on G below Middle C. This issue I’ll review four 14-hole models that deliver solid quality at the low-to-middle segment of the price spectrum. These are the Bends Tonica 56, the Hering Stan Harper 56, the Suzuki SCX-56, and the Hohner Chrometta 14.
In the previous installments I discussed the rationale for the slightly extended range of 14-hole instruments and their relationship to the 12-hole and 16-hole sizes. However, …