Apologies in advance. I wanted to find out if Tony Eyers Major Cross tuning was available from anybody other than Seydel in the Session Steel, and I’m sure it’s been discussed...but I can not find the search function on this forum! Where is it? Also does anyone know if the tuning is available from anyone but seydel?
I just found the search function....so only the major cross question. I can retune harps but major cross is too much retuning. If Seydel is the only company I’ll have to bite the bullet, but $70 per harp is more money than I was hoping for even though I probably only need 3 for bluegrass tunes.
Yep, I thought about that but it’s still 3 whole step adjustments and the only somewhat inexpensive melody maker is lee Oskar and I don’t like equal temperament. Although, for bluegrass melodies only played with pucker embouchure it would be fine. It’s an option for sure and I already have the G MM. I want some melody maker harps too but I’d buy country tuned Special 20s and just adjust the 3 Blow.
I appreciate the info! I'll either convert a MM harp or more likely just buy the Seydels. It's not a real pressing issue, just a few tunes I'd like to play in 2nd position that would work better with Major Cross. Thank you!
I use Major Cross more than Melody Maker, as I adopted it 10 or so years ago and am comfortable on it. Being a tech really comes in handy with this tho, I am not afraid to carve my own! Raising the lower notes isn't hard, but it is time consuming, and there is always the possibility of ruining a reed accidentally.
Thanks Gnarly! I know how to do it, I just don’t want to tackle it all that bad! I’ve retuned about 15 harps to Paddy richter and just one melody maker. I could just buy 9 easttops and hope I get it right 3 times! :)
Completely off this topic but what do people use to link photos? I’d like to share 3 photos of harmonica notes, circle of fifths, and chord makeups that helped me tremendously on harmonica in the beginners forum, but can’t figure out how to get them in here. I assume someone has a recommended photo hosting link?
Been away from the forum a bit, imagine my surprise to see a thread with my name on it.
Seydel are the only company that provides Major Cross tuned harmonicas out of the box. The tuning alters 7 reeds so it takes a while to tune one up yourself. I've done it many times, however it requires tuning skills and a spare evening.
I've been pretty happy with the Major Cross Session Steel model. The response it quick and even across all notes. You can play fast without having to fight the instrument.
The Seydel 1847 Classic can also be ordered in Major Cross tuning from the Seydel site (seydel1847.de) via the "Custom Shop" tab. You select Major Cross(10) from the "Initial Tuning" menu.
The 1847 Classic is more powerful than the Session Steel, as you would from a premium model. It does cost more.
If you've never tried Major Cross before, you may be pleasantly surprised at how much easier the fast bluegrass tunes are to play ---------- Tony Eyers Australia www.HarmonicaAcademy.com everyone plays...
Thanks Tony! I'll probably break down and order the Session Steels eventually. I'm still very slowly converting my standard special 20s to Paddy Richter. Most of the time Paddy is fine, but once in a while there's the tune that uses that 2D" a lot and Major Cross would be better!