I had a problem with valves sticking on my Seydel sampler after changing the reed plates because some reeds had gone. Even after warming it up, they still stuck so I took the covers off to have a look but that wasn't really any help as it's only half valved and the valves are on the draw reeds, so on the inside and I wasn't too keen to remove the reed plates as there are quite a lot of screws. As well as the screws for the reeds themselves there are quite a few others doing other duties, holding everything together.
Anyway I reassembled the harmonica and tried playing again and the trouble arose again. In the end, in sheer exasperation, I just sucked hard and "pop" the valves freed themselves. When I played it earlier today, it was pretty well behaving itself, so hopefully, problem solved.
For me, it's a high proportion of the tunes in G and it led me to give up on harmonica for many years. The Paddy Richter tuning really let me get back into playing again so for me it's really worth having the alternative tunings. When I restarted I had an old Hohner Chromonica 260 10 hole Chromatic in G. Like most Chromatics, it was solo tuned and once I got used to the repeated tonics found it really good. Reeds eventually started to give out but by that time I had found Paddy Richter tuning so it was quite a while before I eventually got another G Chromatic. I have one now though I don't use it a lot but there are a few tunes where it's useful, mostly slow airs, fortunately.
Being used to solo tuning, I tried the Seydel Orchestra S and I found I liked it and it works fine for me. I now have them in all the keys they make them in. The low D lets me play Ashoken Farewell and I can just about bend enough to "fudge" the Cnat towards the end
I reckon it does but might that be better than sharpening? Your adding material rather than removing it. I've seen suggestions of a tiny blob of blu tack on the tip of the reed, alternatively a little solder - the Excess is easily filed off. One of my earliest Seydel harps had solder on the tip of some of the reeds.
How about this? Upper case letters blow, lower case draw.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 |Cd|Ef|Ga|Cb|Cd|Ef|Ga|Cb|Ed|Gf|
I was having a look online and I found you can get shruri box apps for your tablets. Both iPad & Android, free and paid for. I don't know about Windows tablets but I imagine they will have too.
The origins of the tune is in the video. Hector the Hero, a lament played on a Seydel Sampler in A with A-E drone accompaniment.
If you can't see the embedded link, click here for the video.
I discovered Paddy Richter tuning some years ago on Brendan Power's website. His own customised harps were expensive but I then discovered Anthony Dannecker did customised special 20s at a reasonable price and used them for some years until he stopped doing them. But then Seydel started producing their session harps in Paddy Richter tuning. I used Paddy Richter harps for quite a few years but was never entirely happy with the low D ( on a G harp) being a draw note as its duplicate, the 3 blow was tuned up to supply the missing note. Still, the Paddy Richter tuning was great for a 1st position melody player like me and kept the chordal features of Richter tuning, adding a vi (minor) chord to the available chords.
I've since tried several solo tuned harps, including Seydel Orchesta S harps and Seydel Samplers, both excellent harps.
Mostly now I'm trying tremolo harps as well as the two above. The tremolo harps are in Asian tuning which is not too different from solo tuning, at least to play in a tremolo harp. Tremolo harps need a lot of air and I don't have brilliant lungs. I'm a lifelong asthmatic and had pleurisy about 25 years ago which affected my right lung.