From: KRCRAN~AX1.ACS.JMU.EDU
Date: Mon, 13 Nov 1995 09:26:05 -0500 (EST)
Subject: AMPLIFIED CHROMATIC

Although I have been the proud owner of a Hohner 270 Chromatic Harmonica for
over a year, I have only recently begun to play out with it. For the record, I
play in a blues/rock band through a Sure Silver Bullet and a Fender Super
Reverb - my problem...I am having trouble maintaining my volume when I switch
to the high end of the CHromatic. How do people deal with cupping the chromatic
and mic? Do people shift the Chromatic so the high end lines over the front of
the bullet microphone? Also, I am having problems with the diminished volume of
the Chromatic in general (when compared to diatonics). When I have watched
William Clarke and Piazza switch from diatonic to chromatic there does not
appear to be a decrease in harp volume. Is this the result of their technique
or an attentive soundman?

Struggling to be heard ,

Kurt


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