Posted by Bill Phelb on June 12, 2002 at 17:48:06:
In Reply to: valved diatonic posted by David on June 12, 2002 at 14:19:53:
Valves make a diatonic play, sound, and work more like a standard chromatic. You can bend all the blow notes down about a half step but it changes the tonality in relation to the reeds without wind savers and when you do fast blows and draws you get the flapping sound of the valves opening and closing like on a chromatic. I don't consider this a good thing. It's better just to play a chromatic if you want that kind of bending and flapping sound. Someone gave me a valved Suzuki a few years back and once I took all the valves off, it played ok. Let us know what your experience is.
: Because I've never played a valved diatonic I've been thinking of installing reed valves in a cheap harp I've got lying around.
: If anyone reading this have experiences,advice,cautions or ridicule on this procedure please share it with me.
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