From: Winslow Yerxa <;76450.32~ompuserve.com>;
Date: 03 Nov 95 14:11:55 EST
Subject: Chord harmonicas

TO: internet:harp~ARPLY.com

Someone asked about chord harmonicas the other day, and prices
aroundf $1000 were named. A couple of points.

F&R Farrell has discounted pricing for the Hohner chord, and even
has an installment plan for the big, expensive band instruments
(I'm at work and don't have his number handy, but he now has an
800 number which you could probably get from 800 directory
assistance.

At the SPAH convention Cham-Ber Huang showed off a prototype for
his new "RISC" chord harmonica. Or mabe that should be "RORS"
(reduced octave reed set), becuase what he did was to eliminate
half the reeds in the instrument - the reeds that double each
note an octave higher (?) - while keeping all the chords but
cutting the length down by about half and the price a huge amount
- - he predicts a retail price of around $400. He was still playing
around with the chord voicings to compensate for the perceived
lack of fullness caused by the elimination of the octave reeds (I
consider this a plus, but the old-hand chord players say the
instrument won't "cut" without them).

The Compact Chord (or whatever he ends up calling it) probably
won't be available for another few months, but if you've been
thinking about a chord instrument, this one is worth considering.

Winslow Yerxa
Harmonica Information Press
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