valved diatonic

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Posted by David on December 04, 2002 at 11:14:36:

A while back I posted a request for advice on the above (thanks for the replies) and after searching other sites (HarpOn and ironmancurtis were most helpful) I finally got around to doing the work. It was pretty easy but you do have to be pretty precise. It gave the harp somewhat of a chromatic sound which is less pronounced when playing w/ a handheld mic. The main advantage that I can see is that you get blow bends in 1-6 and seven draw can actually be bent a complete half step. As only 1-6 blow and 7-10 draw are valved the low end draw and high end blow bends stay just how you are used to them. I would recommend that any one who enjoys tinkering w/ their harps check out the sites I mentioned and try out a valved diatonic for themselves.

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