I’ve always admired the adventurous thinking of Jim ‘Turbodog’ Antaki when it comes to enhancing the performance of the diatonic harmonica. He’s continually coming up with new ideas, and he follows through with patents, tooling/manufacturing, and usable products at a good price.
One of his most interesting inventions is the TurboSlide harmonica, a diatonic that uses magnets to lower the pitch of the blow notes in hole 1-6 of a Richter harp. This has some fascinating applications beyond the obvious, and I’ve made a video to show some of them off:
The new expressive possibilities are very interesting!
I have no commercial affiliation with Jim, just like to see a good man get the respect and credit he deserves. Go to his website www.turboharp.com to check out the range of his products. The development notes for the nearly-available ELX MIDI Harp are well worth checking out.
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Yes, Jim's is a small operation but he's doing some very high-end stuff. Check out the ELX notes: he's solving tough problems there, but making progress. If it has MIDI capabilty it will be pretty amazing...
I agree Jim needs more pro players to adopt his innovations if they are to gain traction. I'm certainly going to work with the TurboSlide more in my alternate tunings. Any tuning with all blows lower than the draw notes will be better than Richter, as it means the TurboSlide can be useful on all 10 blow notes, not just the lower 6.
There is already a good Italian player using the TurboSlide with the PowerBender to good effect, Fred Pellegrini. Check out his solo here (3.00-4.30). Some pretty wild and unusual bends going on :-)
Don't know how you can switch between the PowerBender, your alternative tunings, the TurboSlide, the Chromatics. You are something special Brendan. As a mere mortal I have trouble mastering the standard diatonic :o) ----------
Harmonicas are (almost all) tuned to chords--that gives you the structure. Even the FourKey is tuned to (a pair of) pentatonic scales. That's why it's called a harmonica--the notes agree with each other. BTW, I have not mastered the diatonic harmonica--I'm a pretty good guitar player tho 8) Oh yeah, and all my SP20s are in TurboLids, Jim's first success story.
Last Edited by on Apr 10, 2012 10:56 PM