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Jan 17, 2009 7:25 PM GMT
Okay, so now I have your attention. I've been playing rack harmonica over the years and have always had a problem with the fact that most harp racks change my embouchure dramatically, from the harmonica tilted downward into my jaw (this is how I normally play) to an upward angle. Also, I can't seem to get the harmonica far enough into my mouth because of this angle. The result is that my lips atrophy after playing for a little while which also makes bending difficult.
Any rack players out there who have found the holy grail of racks? I need one that puts the harp deeper into my mouth without strangling me and angles it down. Maybe it's my screwed up physiology, I don't know.
Here's an example of how I use the rack:

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Jan 17, 2009 7:26 PM GMT
DukeofEarl Replied:

And yes, I know I f***ed up the repeat of the A section!

Jan 18, 2009 8:23 PM GMT
Brady Mills Replied:

awesome... Come on someone? Know of a good rack? look at all those instruments! looks like mine and Jason's music room... harmonicas, guitar, pianos (upright and grand), recorder, indian plucking instruments (don't know what they are called), banjamere (mix between a banjo and dulcimer), and two violins.

Jan 18, 2009 9:29 PM GMT
Duane C. Replied:

I've never used a neck rack as of this date. But while shopping around to see what's out there I found one at Harp Depot that looks well designed. this is the page address, It's a K&M Neck Rack. Might be worth checking out.

Jan 18, 2009 9:31 PM GMT
DukeofEarl Replied:

Thanks, Duane C and Brady!

Jan 21, 2009 7:13 PM GMT
TJ K Replied:

Hey, sounds good on the rack.. I went to Lowe's & got 4 little strips of metal - 2 about an inch long & 2 about 1&1/2 in. long. they came w/ holes already in them. I ground off the sharp corners, got some nobs & added one of each between where the around the neck part of the rack bolts to to the part that rack that holds the harp. Now you have two more "points of adjustment" & can change the angle of the hap in your mouth & also have it higher so you dont have to "chase the harp" w/your neck. I just did an interview w/Jason Ricci & I show my rack & takl about it. should be on YouTube soon.

BBlessed, TJ Klay

Jan 21, 2009 7:15 PM GMT
TJ K Replied:

Please forgive the typos....once tou push the button, it's too late.

Jan 22, 2009 2:35 AM GMT
DukeofEarl Replied:

Thanks, TJ...I'll look forward to the YouTube interview.

Jan 22, 2009 1:10 PM GMT
Oldwailer Replied:

I have the same problem with the damn racks--but I love to play guitar and harp at the same time. I have a whole drawer full of racks like the one you are using in your clip (nice playing, BTW). My favorite is the Harp Handle. It has a double joint that allows some adjustment of the angle--

Jan 22, 2009 11:10 PM GMT
DukeofEarl Replied:

Do you remember the old Elton brand racks...I had one when I was a kid that seemed to work fine. I thought it worked well. Rack playing is fun...Have you heard Jimi Lee? He's great at it.

Jan 28, 2009 8:41 PM GMT
deshiblue Replied:

If that is a K&M i put it in vise and twisted the pitch i wanted.

Jan 28, 2009 9:39 PM GMT
Oldwailer Replied:

I couldn't find the YT interview--is it up yet?

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