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HawkeyeKane
94 posts
Aug 25, 2011
2:26 PM
Just got my first set of Turbolids in the mail today. Can't wait to get them home and slapped on a SP20! Anyone else use these?
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Hawkeye Kane
Gnarly
83 posts
Aug 25, 2011
2:32 PM
Me!
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HawkeyeKane
95 posts
Aug 25, 2011
2:34 PM
Not to spoil my own fun, but how are they?
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Hawkeye Kane
AirMojo
192 posts
Aug 25, 2011
2:40 PM
I have several low-pitched Special 20's with TurboLids (Low F, Low E, Low Eb)... and a Rupert Oysler customized Low-D Marine Band also in a TurboLid (need to use some little plastic shims that TurboHarp provided).

I like them alot!

I think the TurboLids improve the sound and loudness of the lower pitched harps.

I wish they made a model to fit the Seydel harps (without having to modify the comb).
HawkeyeKane
96 posts
Aug 25, 2011
2:47 PM
I hear you on the Seydels, Mojo. I really wish they made them for MS harps too. I have a lot of Big Rivers that those could improve.
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Hawkeye Kane
KingoBad
866 posts
Aug 25, 2011
4:28 PM
Kind of looks like a display in an adult bookstore...

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Danny
BronzeWailer
238 posts
Aug 25, 2011
4:48 PM
I recently got a couple. They ensure your mouth is nice and wide, seem to make the sound louder, and it is easier to slide up and down the harp (for me). Take a bit of getting used to. Much harder to pick up the harp upside down :)
HawkeyeKane
97 posts
Aug 26, 2011
6:21 AM
Yeah, they've got some nifty products on that site. They sent me a set of Harmoniglos as a freebie too.
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Hawkeye Kane
markdc70
88 posts
Aug 26, 2011
10:32 AM
You've gotta be a Gnarly Heman to pull out one of those pink harps up on stage!!! Seriously though, I wish my harp case was half as full as yours is. I've thought about trying those turbo lids, but I've only got a few special 20's and thought going back and forth to more traditionally shaped harp covers would be awkward. Is this the case, or don't you notice it after a while?
bloozefish
3 posts
Aug 26, 2011
1:12 PM
I have 3 turbolids that I use as my in-the-car harps. I'm one of those old self-taught guy who used the pucker embrochure for about 35 years. I became convinced of the need to tongue-block, so for about a year I only tongue-blocked while playing in the car. I think the turbolids helped greatly in the transition because of their overall shape and size. Now I TB on any harp, but the turbolids are still very comfortable to play.

James
HawkeyeKane
100 posts
Aug 26, 2011
1:22 PM
I just slapped them on a SP20 A harp. I think I like them so far. Gonna hit open jam tonight, take them on a test run.
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Hawkeye Kane
Gnarly
85 posts
Aug 26, 2011
11:53 PM
I don't notice a difference going between different sized harps, including chromatics--they are different, but they don't bother me.
The TurboLids make it so that I never play the harp upside down, and the harps are color coded by key. I use a few different tunings, but the colors match the tonality (sharps and flats).
HawkeyeKane
105 posts
Aug 27, 2011
8:48 AM
I think I've made a decision on these. I like them for acoustic playing. But for getting them on a bullet, the chambering of the lids actually seems to lose some of the volume for the mic to pick up. I like the ease of hand technique with the lids though.
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