donoghue’s twenty-one comments

  • Re: Harmonica for minor tunes

    Paddy Richter tuned harps work for some minor keys also. For example the G PR harmonica plays the key of Em. But I also carry two PR harmonicas that have the 7th lowered - these are even better for many minor tunes. The one that was a D has the C# changed... more…

  • Re: Organizing a Slow Session in Salem, Ma

    There is a very successful slow session in the Pioneer valley of Massachusetts.I would suggest that you go to their site and learn from them more…

  • Re: What makes a trad tune a “New England” tune?

    There are some tunes which are traditional New England-ish. But more than the tunes it is a style. Backes is right in that the tunes come from many sources. Yes, the contradance scene is the underlying basic feature. Compared to Irish music, there is less... more…

  • Re: Paddy Richter tuned G and Low D harmonicas

    A few comments: more…

  • Update

    Just a brief update. The Thursday session at the Harp continues unchanged. Roughly 4-7. An open session, generally between 10 and 15 players. Hopefully welcoming to all. more…

  • Re: mouth organ

    I response to Steve Shaw's comment on Seydel's Low D, I have a Seydel 1847 Noble Low D (Paddy Richter, half valved) and it is by far the best Low D that I have played. more…

  • Re: mouth organ

    I play Paddy Richter diatonics and also another tuning related to that (flatting the 7th - it is a good tuning but not the topic here.) more…

  • Re: Octave harmonicas

    I think that the Seydel is the only one generally available new. Hohner used to make the Auto Valve octave in D, but have discontinued it. However, you can find some used AutoValves at times being offered on the web. more…

  • Re: Off-the-shelf chromatic harmonica equivalent of a B/C box

    I have to take back my caveat - they do have the Configurator for the regular brass Deluxe chromatic. I do not know how I missed it previously. If you are just experimenting, this is the less expensive option. more…

  • Re: Off-the-shelf chromatic harmonica equivalent of a B/C box

    Boyen mentioned the Seydel custom configurator. I also had one made by them to match the layout my C#/D button accordion. I find that I can transfer tunes from accordion to harmonica very easily, although I have a speed limit on both that does not match f... more…