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Backing Track Requests / Re: Working on BTs for new jam
« on: January 21, 2014, 09:57:13 PM »
You are a BT Beast Bob.  Hat's off to you!

Gear Lust / Re: CX16 Chromatic
« on: January 17, 2014, 12:32:43 PM »
It would be hard to beat Hohner's old standby, The 64 Chromonica but it really depends on how much you have to spend.

Swan makes a 16 holer that won't set you back more than a Benjamin and gets pretty good reviews.  Excellent workmanship and materials, the downside is their reed/valve setup which can be a crap shoot.

But why a 16 hole?  12 hole chromatics are a lot easier to hold and, unless you really, really need that lower register, a lot easier to play.  They're cheaper, readily available in multiple keys from all manufacturers and lots more portable.  A good used Hohner 270 will run you about $75-100.

On the other hand, I have a Hohner CBH-16 I'm getting ready to sell on Ebay for about $175.   Contact me offline if you're interested.

Gear Lust / Re: Professional Hohner Instant Workshop Toolkit MZ99831.
« on: January 17, 2014, 12:24:07 PM »
I have a local harp smith who just reworked a custom 270 for me.  Cleaned, tuned, reed replaced, gapped, valves and reeds aligned.  $66.  One week turnaround, plays like a dream.

Gear Lust / Re: Professional Hohner Instant Workshop Toolkit MZ99831.
« on: January 15, 2014, 12:21:15 AM »
You can get one of the slidemeister wizards to change a reed for about $30.00.

I agree with Rick though presently I'm hammering away at "Harlem Nocturne" so I can present it to the band for consideration.  I really like this tune because it's outside my comfort zone and requires more discipline and attention to detail. Fun tune, highly recommended.


Harmonica Playing Technique Q & A / Re: CX12 Club
« on: January 02, 2014, 06:57:42 PM »
Look on the bottom of the page for the currency translator; that $200 is in Hong Kong dollars.  But it looks as if they aren't available anyway.

Sorry about your experience with slidemeisters; they can be a stuffy lot but their knowledge, experience and instructions are priceless.  One of them even sent me a free set of Hering reedplates for my C-7148 after learning I couldn't find them anywhere else.  Guess you have to learn to get along to go along.


Harmonica Playing Technique Q & A / Re: CX12 Club
« on: January 02, 2014, 12:38:34 PM »
You can find the GW for about $25 here: has a number of people dedicated to the CX12 as well as comprehensive discussion of all things chromatic.

Gear Lust / Re: Two New Harp Amps Coming
« on: January 02, 2014, 02:34:20 AM »
Nicely crafted little instruments.  But for workaday use, I'll stick with the Kalamazoo or the beefier Excelsior with its woofy 15".  Neither one cost more than $300 with mods to put on stage.  And, while the 'zoo is butt ugly, the Excelsior is kind of cool looking in a retro sort of way.  Both are excellent harp amps with distinct sounds.

I understand why boutique amps are so expensive but with relatively inexpensive alternatives, I suspect their market is small and doesn't include broke ass wannabes like me.


Gear Lust / Re: CX16 Chromatic
« on: January 02, 2014, 01:34:48 AM »
Gone like a cool breeze!

Gear Lust / Re: Chromatic
« on: January 02, 2014, 01:33:35 AM »
Keep it in a pocket for a few minutes before you play it.  I normally put the C and G in each pocket on stage, pull them out as necessary.  (Is that a harp in yer pocket or are you just glad to see me!)


Gear Lust / Re: Chromatic
« on: December 30, 2013, 10:13:06 PM »
I bought a few old chromatics on Ebay to work on and used both Slidemeister and Old Man Harper extensively.  The projects turned out well and all the harps are daily players in my kit.  (Except for the pre-war Koch which is a different animal altogether.)

Hope you have great success, keep us posted on how it goes.  Chromies are fiddly beasts but worth the effort.


Gear Lust / Re: Chromatic
« on: December 29, 2013, 03:11:45 PM »

You're correct in that there are windsavers on the inside of the reedplates and the only way to access them is by removing the plates.  If you are truly determined to do that might I suggest you read through Old Man Harper's blog about his experiences with chromatic disassembly.  His blog was a great help to me when I began repairing my own 270's.

Be prepared to drill, tap and screw your comb/reed plates together for reassembly.  Nails don't work nearly as well the second time around and leakage is a given.

Good to see you again Lindy if only for a rant.  Like your playing, even those are interesting.  But I searched in vain for your last post--must have missed it.

Anyhow, I don't have enough time or energy to compose, record, post and comment anymore; it's exhausting trying to keep up with it all and my work with my band takes up more than enough time and energy as it is.

But I do enjoy listening to some posts and backtracks, I do like the forum and feel I may yet have something to offer here.  As has been pointed out repeatedly, there's something for everyone here if only a fly-spot on the wall.


Gear Lust / Re: Chromatic
« on: December 27, 2013, 06:12:28 PM »
Ed's right--never, ever soak a wood bodied harmonica.  The resulting swelling and shrinkage will ruin the comb.

The forum has some outstanding information on how to clean and repair chromatics.  Look under their Maintenance and Repair 101 section for a treasure trove of tips and tricks.

You can also peruse this site for comprehensive chromatic information on everything from playing to pimping:

Merry Christmas and the happiest of holidays to a great bunch of harmonica troopers.
Keep on harpin'!


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