I bought a C Lucky 13 and retuned it to solo tuning. The customer liked it so well she ordered another!
I do a lot of altered tunings, and this harp is perfect for the ones that are four holes per octave (Brendan's Power Chromatic) or five holes per octave (Newton FourKey, PentaBender).
This instrument is superior to the 365 Hohners I have been using for those tunings. I also used a SBS 365 to create a unique tuning I call New World, and this harp would be great for that--Richter on top, circular on the bottom.
Thumbs up Brendan!
Gary Lehmann :: 12 Dec 2016, 01:03
Great fun! Good value!
Brendan Power, the man who's never met a harmonica he didn't want to take apart and re-tune to weird intervals, has teamed up with manufacturer Easttop for this great variation on his friend Steve Baker's Hohner SBS. I met Brendan at SPAH this year, and at his urging (of course, not only is he a great musician, but he's also a great salesman!) tried one of these at the Easttop vendor table, and as soon as I got home ordered one (in A) directly from Brendan. I couldn't have been more pleased, and I am now even more pleased that Rockin' Ron has arranged to sell these fun harps. (I've just ordered another, this time in G, from Ron.) The basic 10-hole Richter set-up on the top end of the harmonica's 13 holes has a nice "punchy" sound, even volume, and good bendability for a novice like me. It plays and sounds like a top-tier instrument from any one of the other great makers. But then, a la the Steve Baker harps, you get the low-tuned bottom three holes, so you essentially duplicate 1-4 in two octaves. (The covers are designed so that there's no rattle on the low reeds on my A, by the way.) These types of "bass blues" or extra-low three holes harmonicas are a bit different, but they aren't a gimmick. I bought my Steve Baker after I heard R.J. Mischo use one in performance on one of his songs, where it added just the right amount of "special sauce" to his set. Maybe you're a regular performer who would like an instrument for one number that will make audiences used to your regular kit go "hey ... what was THAT?" Or maybe (more like me) you just like to sit alone on the porch chugging out I-V solo riffs 'cause you like the sound. Either way, this will be a great harmonica to add to your arsenal. It's apparent that Brendan and Easttop worked hard to create a quality instrument at an excellent price point. (And while I don't get excited about the extra goodies some makers throw in, its a nice detail that the key is engraved in visible gold at both the high side, and just left of hole 1, on the comb, and that it comes with a nice neoprene case that looks to have come from the same source as the ones that Hohner ships with its Crossovers.)