From: David Godfrey <;>;
Date: Wed, 29 Nov 1995 10:10:35 GMT
Subject: Re: Chromatic Bending

On 17 Nov 95 13:16:05 EST, Winslow Yerxa
Harmonica Information Press wrote:

>;Yes, valve removal can facilitate draw bends while leaving blow
>;bends still available, and Brendan Power does this to very good
>;effect. But it's far from necessary, as the chromatic bending
>;abilities of Toots Thielemans, Stevie Wonder and others amply
There may also be some effect from the reed material. I used to play a
standard Honer Chromonica 64 and once a year played with a jazz/pop
band for a public gig. And once a year had to replaced one or two
reeds which hardened during the gig and went way out of tune. One even
cracked in half.

I was persuaded to invest in a Chromonica made specially for Toots
Thielemans, as the reeds were of different material and more robust.
It does also seem slightly easier to bend (though nothing like my
Marine Band which I reckon you could play a whole octave on one reed).

Someone more experienced than I may like to comment.
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