Re: suzuki valved promaster/overdrive

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Posted by jeffo on May 26, 2002 at 22:07:03:

In Reply to: Re: suzuki valved promaster/overdrive posted by Tom on April 22, 2002 at 02:26:58:

:Overdrive is very bendy and capable of unusual volume output...really responsive reeds BUT takes some real getting used to to not cover the holes with a finger in the middle of a solo. Stops it dead! I won't buy any more as this requires a whole change in holding techniques for me (hard after 35 years of doing it one way). I've also got a Valved pro and love it...beatiful quality, tone, and reeed response BUT have had to regap to keep from choking some reeds off when I blow to hard in the heat of battle. My Oskars don't do that. For soft or moderate playing, though, they never stop working and really bend nice, especially blow bends. I don't think I'd be able to use a valved promaster in quiet recordings, though, as the valves are really noisy and click a lot. Just one man's limited opinions on these well-made harps.

I have tried the valved promaster, and found it very easy to bend all the notes. Nice harp, nice and airtight, nice sound, etc. Just as good as the Meisterklasse but half the price. I can easily play a chromatic scale on it using the valved bends. Downside is that you can't overblow on it, and I have found that the valves rattle quite a lot. They tend to start to lift off the reed slot after a short while, and I have had to replace a couple already. In fact, unless you're particularly attached to the promaster, and all you want is a valved diatonic, just get your favourite harp and valve it! There are instructions all over the web - I think Pat did some in his FAQ section at (a great website). No experience with the Overdrive as yet, but I have spoken to a few people who have tried it and not liked it. However, I reckon that you just need to get used to it, and I can't wait to get my hands on one. Bit pricey though.
: Anyway, that's my 2cents.
: All the best,
: Tom Arnold.

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