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Brendan Power Lucky 13 Bass Blues Harmonica

$58.50

(Quantity discounts available)

5.0 average, based on 2 reviews

Manufacturer: Brendan Power

Product Information

keys in stock: A, Ab, B, Bb, C, D, Db, E, Eb, F, F#, G
 
Hi folks, we are excited about these new harps. Brendan has a solid reputation so we had no reservations in stocking these harps.  Make sure you READ and UNDERSTAND Brendans warranty before ordering. It is mentioned below the videos on this page. Any issue regarding the harps playability, tuning, gapping etc... will be handled with Brendan Power. 
 
TWO HARPS IN ONE! 
 
HISTORY
Long Ago (1980) and Far Away (New Zealand) I started making my own custom 'Stretch Harps' in 11, 12, 13, 14 and 16 hole sizes, by slicing two normal harps and joining them back together. My 13-hole Stretch Harp was in Richter Extended tuning: normal 10-hole range plus an extra low octave on the left. It wasn't easy to make, as in those days I had to add a lot of solder to the extra low reeds as well as do the cutting/joining of parts - but the result was worth it: a 4-octave diatonic with the same hole spacing as a normal harp! I became addicted to having that extra bottom-end built in, and nicknamed the harp my 'Lucky 13'.
 
I later discovered I wasn't the only one to think of the Richter Extended idea back in the 1980s. Steve Baker did too and, after he became a consultant for Hohner in 1987, tried to persuade them to make a 13-hole harp (as noted in his 1990 book The Harp Handbook). They demurred, but did agree to make his SBS 4-octave model out of the Hohner 365 14-hole harp, released in 1989. Steve is to be commended for being the first to get a 4-octave harp into the market, and the SBS has a nice sound. Unfortunately it also suffers from several drawbacks, reflecting its origin as essentially a re-tuned version of an existing older harmonica: wider hole spacing than standard 10-hole harps, raw pearwood combs that can warp and crack, nailed assembly, limited range of keys, lowest key of only C, a redundant 14th hole, and a bottom cover not deep enough to stop the lowest draw reeds from rattling.
 
My hand-made 13-hole Stretch Harps had none of those issues. They had screwed construction, non-absorbent combs, standard diatonic 7.5mm hole spacing, and a deeper lower cover (taken from the Hohner 364 model). I also made 13-hole A, G and Bb harps with extended range below the standard keys - not an octave higher as with the SBS. Other players liked them too, and I decided to make a fully-optimised Lucky 13 that anyone could buy.
 
 
THE MODERN LUCKY 13
I pitched the idea to the respected Chinese Easttop harmonica company in October 2014. They liked the concept, and were willing to invest in the considerable cost of molds and tooling to make the all-new comb, reedplates, and covers for this unique harmonica. In the nearly two years since then we have worked together on every detail to make the Lucky 13 the very best it can be, and I'm really proud of the result.
 
The Lucky 13 has it all: the standard range you're used to plus that Big Bottom, right there in your hands! Once you get used to a 4-octave Bass Blues Harmonica it is very hard to go back to the restricted range of a 10-hole harp ever again. It's two harps for the price of one: normal and low range, without having to buy/store both or switch harps in a tune.
 
Here are the main features, 13 of them!
  1. World's first 13-hole harp, Patent Pending.
  2. Exactly 4 octave range in Richter tuning, with lower octave tagged on to normal 10-hole range.
  3. The same 7.5mm hole spacing as a normal 10-hole harp! That means it's easy to adapt to.
  4. Comfortable curved top cover, bottom cover raised at the bass end so the draw reeds never rattle.
  5. Holes in the coverplate ends, for extra volume.
  6. Solid comb, flat-sanded.
  7. Durable phosphor-bronze reeds.
  8. Thick chromed reedplates, secured with 11 screws for uniform airtightness.
  9. Clear visual numbering on top cover relates to the 10-hole diatonic, to make sure you never lose your place.
  10. Key indicators on front and ends of the comb, for those who like to stack harps vertically.
  11. Perfect for low chord rhythm or melody lines, and extended octave playing.
  12. Possible to retune the lower 3 holes to create new chords or extended alt tunings.

Check out the Demonstration Video to hear it in action:
 
Showing the box/case - Introducing the extra 7 keys to complete the 12 key range 
 
Todd Parrott tries the Lucky 13 for the first time at SPAH 2106:
 
Guarantees & Repairs
If for any reason you find fault with an item after receiving it, you must inform me in the first week of ownership. Email me if it is concerning a harmonica, and please attach an MP3 sound clip and/or photo of the issue you're experiencing. 
 
If the problem can't be fixed by email or phone, the harmonica or other item must be returned by you in as-new condition no later than 3 weeks after it was received. Once I receive it I will examine the reported issue. If there is indeed a problem, I will then repair or replace and re-ship at my expense, covering your return postal cost in addition. If there is no problem with the item, I will either re-post at your expense (with postal payment up-front), or offer you a refund minus 10% of the original price. This is because used harmonicas will require ultrasonic cleaning to return them to a hygenic condition.
 
Assuming either way that I post the harmonica or other item back, if you decide then not to keep it, it must be posted back by you in as-new condition no later than 1 week after it was received the second time. In that circumstance, once I get it back again you will be due a refund minus 30% of the total cost of your order. 
 
How you play is important for the long life of your harmonica! Some players blow out reeds very quickly due to bad technique. You should be careful not to blow and draw too hard, or bend any notes so low that the pitch is flat. Some reeds should not be bent but in the case of those that can, just bend to the note you want, to stay in tune and not over stress the reeds. Let the harp dry out after playing and keep in its case. 

Product Code: L13

Quantity Discounts

You can save money on this item when you purchase several at a time. The table below shows the minimum quantities required to benefit from this offer, and how much they'll cost.


Quantity Price per unit
2+ $57.25
3+ $56.00
5+ $55.00
6+ $52.00
8+ $50.25
10+ $49.00

Customer Reviews

Average Rating: 5

Great for altered tunings

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.)

Rob Sawyer :: 14 Oct 2016, 09:28

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