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Gnarly
Alternatetuning
3073 posts
Sep 20, 2022
10:02 PM
Hi--
I just retuned a Hohner 260 to my favorite tuning, Orchestra Bebop, this one in D (starts on A--it was an A).
It seems to me that the 10 hole chromatic has an advantage for blues in that you can cup the harp to get better compression.
But I know that many players prefer a 16 hole chrom for the octaves.
What are your thoughts?
dougharps
2330 posts
Sep 22, 2022
3:02 PM
I like the 16 hole for the extra room to play octaves, but often use a 12 hole. William Clarke used 12 hole chromatics, so 12 is fine.

With the longer chromatic you may have to shift where the mic is held. A 10 hole chromatic really would limit space for octaves. I don't feel the same need for a tight seal on the mic with a chromatic.
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Doug S.
Gnarly
Alternatetuning
3074 posts
Sep 23, 2022
10:09 PM
Thanks for the reply, nice to see you back on the forum.
snowman
792 posts
Sep 24, 2022
8:44 AM
Hope I don't get obliterated for being honest but--

I use a 16 hole, partially cuz it has more 'wow' effect. The bottom octave, with the band at normal volume, is close to impossible to hear. Its in C.

Gonna study up on the 260
snowman
793 posts
Sep 24, 2022
8:49 AM
Is the 260 "solo tuned?


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