Brendan Power Lucky 13 MK2 Bass Blues Harmonica Includes US Shipping

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These are the newer MK2 model. If a key is not listed in the drop down menu that means we will no longer have that key. You can try to order direct from Brendan's site.

Before you place your order, please make sure you understand that any issues or concerns regarding Brendans harmonicas will be handled by Brendan Power.

Here is his info: For customer service, after-sales support, general enquiries and session work email us at: enquiries@brendan-power.com If you contact RockinRonsMusic, we will forward your info to Brendan.

If you call us regarding an issue with his harps, we will refer you to this information.

WARRANTY INFO: https://www.brendan-power.com/useful.php#t+c Scroll down to where it says: Guarantees & Repairs, Returns & Refunds.

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. Brendan.
Or if you want to set up or customize your Lucky 13 contact Burke
www.opendoorharmonicas.com or http://www.opendoorprod.com/home/
ph: 510 409 8126

THE NEW LUCKY 13 MK2 Standard Tuning - Black Covers

TWO HARPS IN ONE! (available in All 12 Keys and 6 Different Tunings)
LUCKY 13 Mk2 - August 2020

The Lucky 13 just got even better! Four years on from the launch of my unique Lucky 13 Bass Blues Harmonica, the Mk2 version has arrived. Incorporating suggestions from players as well as ideas of my own, it has several improvements from the original model:

  • LACQUERED BLACK COVERPLATES Super smooth in the mouth and looking great, the new black lacquered covers will apply to the Richter, PowerBender and PowerDraw Lucky 13s.
  • LOOK-DOTS These handy little position markers on the front of the comb mean you'll never lose your place on this bigger harp.
  • LOW-END VALVES Five Valves raise the volume of the low-low bottom end of the Lucky 13.
  • MULTI-HARP BOX Bigger box fits 3 harps and has an info sheet with tuning diagrams and extra information.

Here are the main features, 13 of them!

  1. World's first 13-hole harp!
  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 smooth coverplates, bottom cover raised at the bass end so the draw reeds never rattle.
  5. Solid comb, flat-sanded.
  6. Look-Dots on the comb, for easy navigation on this larger harp.
  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, for familiarity.
  10. Available in all 12 keys and 6 different tunings – more to come!
  11. Additional valving as appropriate on the different models.
  12. Key indicators on front and ends of the comb, for those who like to stack harps vertically.
  13. Accessories available: combs, covers, multi-harp cases

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:


After receiving many requests for the Lucky 13 in PowerBender, PowerDraw and Paddy Richter tunings, I decided to bite the bullet and order a substantial batch of them to be specially made at the Easttop factory. They are now in stock and available to order! PowerBender and PowerDraw Lucky 13s come in all twelve keys, a first for these increasingly popular tunings. Paddy Richter Luckys come in G, C and D, the main keys for Celtic music. All three alt-tuned Lucky 13s have chromed coverplates including another requested feature: closed ends. This gives them a a different look/mouth-feel and a mellower tone than the stock Richter model with black side-vented covers. They will give all Lucky 13 players a chance to customise their harps, as of course the two types of coverplates will be interchangeable.

Newsflash!
The new Mk2 Paddy Richter version comes half-valved. This gives the whole harp a louder volume and a purer expressive sound on the blow notes.

N.b. The photos have open-side covers. The new harps will have chromed covers with closed ends.

TUNING DIAGRAM FOR KEY OF C LUCKY 13 in  Major/Standard Richter Tuning
TUNING DIAGRAM FOR KEY OF C LUCKY 13 in Standard Richter Tuning Extended

PADDY RICHTER - Chrome Covers. Keys G, C, D

Strictly speaking, this popular layout for melody playing should be called Double Paddy Richter on the Lucky 13. That's because the normal Paddy Richter low octave scale (with 3 blow tuned up a tone) is repeated an octave lower. This gives a lot of benefits, as shown in the video.

Tuning Diagram

POWER-DRAW - Chrome Covers. 12 standard keys

This is a great tuning for traditional blues harp players, because it retains ALL the familiar Richter scale in hole 1-6. Holes 7-10 are the same as PowerBender tuning, with the ability to draw-bend every note! The high draw bends are the same notes you can bend lower down the harp, which makes them great for cross-harp Blues style. PowerDraw is very easy to learn and gives good tongue-block double-stops for most of the range, plus overblows on every hole. Now on the Lucky 13 you have all that PLUS the extra low octave, in all 12 keys!

Tuning Diagram

POWER-BENDER - Chrome Covers. 12 standard keys

PowerBender is a more radical departure from standard Richter, but it's becoming increasingly popular among players who like to jazz up their playing with easy draw-bending technique. My personal favourite, it gives you more useful draw bends throughout the range to make chromatic runs simple and intuitive. Great for switching positions, PowerBender allows you to play in 11 keys with draw bends alone (as shown in this video). Overblows are available on every hole, so it can be played fully chromatically. And the Lucky 13 version has that extra grunty low octave added on, in all 12 keys. Heaven in a blues harp! 

Tuning Diagram

Watch the Special Tuned Lucky 13 video to hear the tunings in action.

You can now get the Lucky 13 in Brendan's increasingly-popular special tunings


LUCKY 13 IN SOLO & POWER-CHROMATIC TUNINGS - Chrome Covers. Keys C and G
The extended length of the Lucky 13 lends itself well to harmonica tunings that repeat every five holes, because they need extra holes compared to Richter to achieve the same 3 octave range. So I decided to make use of that extra real estate and offer the Lucky 13 in two wonderful tunings with repeating 5-hole scales.

Lucky 13 Logo

SOLO TUNING is the best known of these. It is used on 99% of chromatic harmonicas sold, so many players will be familiar with it. An excellent tuning for playing pop melodies, it’s also great for playing 3rd Position Blues and Celtic music. It’s actually exactly the same scale as on holes 4-7 on a standard Richter diatonic, so all harp players will instantly feel at home with it. Solo simply repeats that pattern throughout the harp.

My Lucky 13 in Solo Tuning comes in the keys of C and G. It’s half-valved, to give strong, expressive blow notes as well as bendable draw notes on the odd-numbered holes. I chose the popular Orchestra variant of Solo Tuning, where the scale starts a fifth below the tonic note. In a key of C harp looks like this:

Solo Tuning Diagram:Tuning Diagram

Lucky 13 Logo

POWER-CHROMATIC is a very expressive repeat-scale tuning I invented for my own use in 1980, and have used ever since. It has only two notes different to Solo tuning, but they have a big effect: now every single draw note can be bent! This makes for great bluesy expression as well as enabling you to play jazzy tunes with ease, using draw bending alone. Many different keys and positions are possible, allowing you to try several and choose the best one for a particular piece.

It is also half-valved, giving strong blow notes with the ability to add vibrato and isolated-reed pitch bending, plus all those juicy draw bends in every hole. PowerChromatic comes initially in the keys of D and G; here is a chart showing the draw bends in the key of G:

Power Chromatic Diagram:Tuning Diagram

If you already play PowerBender Tuning, PowerChromatic will be easy to learn - because it is the same scale as holes 4-8 of PowerBender, repeated! Watch the video above for an introduction to the new Lucky 13s in Solo and PowerChromatic Tunings.


LUCKY 13 IN DIMINISHED TUNING

I'm proud to be able to offer the Lucky 13 in Diminished Tuning - the first time this simply brilliant harmonica scale has been offered in an out-of-the-box harp! If you want to play in all 12 keys on one diatonic (as an increasing number of players do), Diminished is undoubtedly the easiest and most logical way to do it. The Lucky 13 suits Diminished Tuning perfectly because it gives you a full three-octave range - and my unique LOOK-DOTS on the front of the comb mean you will always be able to keep your place with a quick glance! Here's the tuning layout, with Look-Dots shown:
Tuning Diagram

The reason Diminished tuning is so powerful for diatonic harp players is that it allows you to play FULL CHROMATIC SCALES WITH DRAW BENDS ALONE (no overblows/overdraws required). In other words, if you can bend a draw note, you can play easily in all 12 keys! Because it is a symmetrical tuning (every hole has the draw reed one tone above the blow, the next hole always starts one semitone up, and every octave is the same), you can instantly transpose phrases into different keys and octaves, simply by moving them to different places on the harp. That's particularly helpful for jazz improvisation, where rapid key modulation is essential to get around the chord changes. But Diminished is great for other styles too! As every draw note can be bent a semitone, it's very expressive for playing in any genre: Jazz, Folk, Pop, Country, Blues, Balkan, Middle Eastern... you name it.

Besides full chromaticism with simple draw bends, the big advantage of Diminished Tuning is that there are ONLY THREE PATTERNS TO LEARN for any scale or lick, in all 12 keys! That makes it way easier than any other diatonic harmonica tuning in existence to transpose your favourite phrases quickly to whatever key you want, without changing harps.

PHRASE MAPS help speed the process of learning, by giving a clear visual reinforcement to what's happening with the harp in your mouth. They simply involve making lines between cells in a tuning table, to indicate the path your mouth takes and the breath changes and bends involved. Because of its inherently symmetrical repeating structure Phrase Maps suit Diminished Tuning perfectly, and can help you master it quickly throughout the whole 3 octave range. Here are Phrase Maps of the three Major scale patterns that will allow you to play in all 12 keys on your Diminished harp (you can play along to me demonstrating these patterns in the VIDEO).

Major Scale Patterns:
Tuning DiagramTuning DiagramTuning Diagram

Blues Scale Patterns:
Tuning Diagram Now let's look at a pentatonic blues scale (otherwise known as a minor pentatonic scale) to see how it lays out in the three patterns, giving you the scale in all 12 keys. The scale numbers are 1, b3, 4, 5, b7, 1. You can see from these Major and Blues Scale Phrase Maps that each of the three patterns is very simple to play, for any harp player who can bend a draw note in tune.

Chromatic Scales/Chromatic Runs in Licks
Tuning Diagram Unlike every other diatonic harmonica, it is SO EASY to play chromatic scales from any note, in any range, on the Diminished Tuning Lucky 13! Check out this video and Phrase Diagrams to try it for yourself.

I hope that's whetted your appetite to try a Diminished Lucky 13 yourself! Even if you stick with your standard harp tuning for most playing, having a Lucky 13 Diminished harp in your arsenal will give you the ability to play tricky tunes and phrases that simply don't come easily on normal harps.

HARMONICA KEY MARKER
The comb is marked with a letter C. However, this is a bit of a misnomer because, unlike almost all other harmonicas (whose tunings are based in a particular major or minor key) A DIMINISHED HARP IS NOT ROOTED IN ANY KEY! All 12 keys are equally easy to play, using draw bends as part of their scale. C is one of the blow notes of this model. Harmonicas are traditionally designated by a blow note, so it's just a convenience really! Going on that logic, the comb marker could also have been A, Eb or F#, since they are the other blow notes (A being the lowest, in hole 1). I simply chose C because it gives a 'friendly' feeling ???? If the demand is there, I'll add a couple of other Diminished Lucky 13 harps with different blow note markers so they can be distinguished from this one. Hope that makes sense!


By placing your order, you agree to Brendan Power’s Terms and Conditions”.

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.


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