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Tunings for Diatonic Harmonicas

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Barbeque Bob M
Jul 20, 2009 9:09 PM GMT

Below is a chart of tungs of harmonicas that are NOT tuned to to equal temperament. The source is partly from an old article written by former Hohner product manager Rick Epping and also from Seydel., and I hope this will be very helpful.

(-) indicates that the note is tuned the number of cents flatter than 0 cents (equal temperament) on a tuner.

(+) indicates that the note is tuned the number of cents sharper than 0 cents (equal temperament) on a tuner.

7 Limit Just Intonation

Found on Marine Bands/Special 20's/Old Standbys/Blues Harpsuntil 1985, just tuned version of the Suzuki Fabulous, and the Hering 1923 Vintage Harps.


Hole   1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Blow   0 -14 +2 0 -14 +2 0 -14 +2 0
Draw   +4 +2 -12 +4 -29 +6 -12 +4 -29 +6

19 Limit Just Intonation

Found on Marine Bands/Blues Harps/Special 20's from 1985-1992, Hohner Old Standbys until 1990, Bends Juke, and Hering Master Blues

Hole   1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Blow   0 -14 +2 0 -14 +2 0 -14 +2 0
Draw   +4 +2 -12 +4 +3 +6 -12 +4 +3 +6

Present Comprimise Tuning for Marine Band/Marine Band Deluxe/Special 20's

Hole   1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Blow   0 -12 +1 0 -12 +1 0 -12 +1 0
Draw   +2 +1 -11 +2 -12 +3 -11 +2 -12 +3

Present Comprimise Tuning for the Hohner MS series

Hole   1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Blow   0 -10 +1 0 -10 +1 0 -10 +1 0
Draw   +2 +1 -9 +2 +3 +3 -9 +2 +3 +3

Seydel Comprimise Tuning

Hole   1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Blow   0 -14 +2 0 -14 +2 0 -14 +2 0
Draw   +4 +2 -12 +4 -6 +6 -12 +4 -6 +6


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