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Peter HMar 22, 2009 11:21 AM GMT
So, the other day I bought a Hoher BluesBand for 5 bucks. Here is what I noticed:
Out of the box:
1) Out of tune. This is fine, since I bought it to practice tuning. I noticed that, besides being sharp overall, several reeds were out of tune, to the point that even a non-musician would notice. 2) Bends: very hard to bend 2 and 3 draw, and the 10 blow was impossible to bend. 3) Overblows - the 1 overblow was fine right out of the box. 4, 5, and 6 all made a retched clacking noise.
So, I took it apart and gapped the reeds to my taste. The 2 and 3 draw were much easier to bend, and while still not perfect the 20 blow bend as just south of usable. Also, the clacking sound on the overblow was gone, and all the overblows that I use were usable. Of course it was still out of tune, but more playable, and felt more airtight (or at least, what I think of as airtight).
I thn attempeted to tune it to equal temperment, but I can't quite get it perfect, though to the ear it sound very acceptable.
The main differnce I noticed from the special 20's was a thiner reedplate.
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Remember, this a Chinese made harp and you got what you paid for, unfortunately.
Update: I finished tuning, it sounds pretty good now. I also tuned my 7 draw down a half step...I think I'm ready to tackle my special 20's and marinebands to get them in tune.
I have it, but it can not play live performance.
What tuning are you going to be using? Is it equal, just, or a comprimise. MB's and Sp20's are in a comprimise tuning. These harps are made specifically for a total beginner because they know they'll beat the living crap out of them.