Well done Richard. I have a conventional 12 hole Swan Chromatic (with valves) and it's a surprisingly good harp. It's a great value.
I wish somebody made a "professional" 10 hole chrom (maybe they do and I just don't know about it). 10 holers all seem to be student-quality valveless harps. I'd like a high end 10 holer.. 10 holes would probably cover 90%+ of all the chrom songs we play. I think the only time I use the 11 hole is when I'm practicing scales. I don't think I've EVER used the 12 hole.
As mentioned in an earlier post, I like to record with an amp but haven't dones so for awhile because of some technical recording issues (not an amp problem) during my last attempt. I decided to test things again and I see everything is functioning as it should.
I cranked out a quick version of BYE BYE LOVE and, since it's a B song, I decided to post it in the Alphabet Challenge. I used my trusty old Bluesmast C practive harp.
NOTE: You have to crank up the volume to hear this. For whatever reason, recordings through the amp are at a much lower level than my Blue Ice mic recordings. I've tried cranking up the master and volume on the amp and tried raising the level on the computer I use but it always comes out quiet...but, trust me, it's there but you need to turn up your speakers,
Here's a CX12 Chromatic version of Til There Was You.
Why the Rita Hayworth pics? Because I did two other versions with Shirley Jones and Robert Preston pics and that's enough .
I didn't specifically intend to post a second diatonic version of Til There Was You but I wanted to do a harp test.
You may recall I put valved "G" plates in a Suzuki Pipe Humming harp a while ago. I determined that the valves are more trouble than they are worth so I removed them (a perfectly legitmate operation). I also gapped a reed that wasn't responding as I wanted. I'm much happier with the results now. Since this song is still fresh in my mind, I used it for a test.
Historians will forever know this as “Big Week”.
Uh, maybe not….come to think of it, Big Week was an allied air operation in 1944 to break the Luftwaffe.
Ok. harmonica historians will forever know this as “Big Week” .
In the space of one week I have acquired THREE Suzuki Fabulous harps. One is a “C” in just tuning, one is a Bb in equal and a Low F in equal. This was not a single order for three harps. I placed three individual orders on three different days. It involved tracking prices on amazon.ca (sometimes checking at 4:00AM) and trying to grab the deal before anyone else. I got all three for a total of $154.00US.
Obviously, someone at my level of play can't justify owning a bunch of Suzuki Fabuli (plural of Fabulous?). I bought one earlier this year so I have four! But I had to weigh my needs versus a very rare opportunity to own these very high end harps. If I were to buy these same three harps, right now on amazon.ca, they would cost me $700.00US. So I struck while the iron was hot. A good thing won't last forever. If I wanted these harps five years from now, I suspect there is NO chance of stumbling upon a series of deals like this.
Truthfully, I expect these harps to be played very little in the coming years. I checked them all to make sure they are perfect...and they are. All are in tune, airtight and respond ideally (I gapped a couple of reeds on my first Fabulous awhile back but no issue with the three new ones). I shouldn't be practising with these harps when I have others in the same keys. So, after checking the tuning, I carefully wiped them down, set them aside to dry, and placed them back in their original shipping sleeves which include a special paper that provides corrosion protection (they are silver plated).
Later on, I'll be detailing this week's purchases in the Harmonica happy thread.
My problem is deals.
It's not that I have any need to own any particular harp, it's that I can't pass up a deal at a big discount. It's basically a tale of, "It's so cheap, I can't afford NOT to buy it" . I'll look at a crazy deal and say, "I don't need this harp and I'm not good enough to take advantage of it...but I may never see this deal again so I'll buy it now and maybe I'll be worthy of it in 5 years".
I went overboard this week. I spent money that I don't have. However, as I'll post later, i was essentially staring at some 70% discounts and I can't help myself.