EastTop Blues Pro with Riveted Reeds T008K Paddy Richter Tuned includes Free USA Shipping
Paddy Richter tuned.
There is no warranty on these folks. You might need to gap or tune to make a really nice affordable harp.
- Material: phosphor bronze reed with rivets, brass reedplate(1.2mm) with electroplate, brass cover with black paint, ABS comb
- Packing: each harmonica in one canvas bag
- Content: harmonica + small cloth + canvas bag
- Tuning: Paddy
- Keys: G, A, D
Paddy Richter tuning (developed by Brendan Power) allows a two octave scale suitable for melody-based music. It was developed with Irish jigs, reels and hornpipes in mind but is suitable for other melodic music also; it allows pentatonic scales in the stated key and up a fifth; for instance, an instrument in the key of G can play both the G and D major pentatonic scales throughout the length of the instrument). The tuning raises the 3 blow by a whole step e.g. from D to E on a G harp; this addition of the sixth also allows melodies on a harmonica's corresponding minor scale (e.g. E minor on a G harmonica) to be played an octave lower than would otherwise be possible without bending. The addition of this, however, adds an additional complication to playing harmonic music on the harmonica, requiring the 3 hole to be blocked when playing a tonic chord. The lower octave requires a bend on the 2 draw to achieve a missing note (on a G harmonica, a C when playing in G, or a C# when playing in D), which is also required on standard Richter-tuned harmonicas.
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I play Irish music. For most of the tunes I the 'Melody Maker' tuned harps. I decided to give the 'Paddy' tuned harps a try. I purchased a 'G' and 'D' since these are the most common keys Irish tunes are written. The raised 3rd makes playing some of the tunes a lot easier. I was surprised at the quality of the Eastops for the price. They play decent, though not as well as the Lee Oskars or the DaBells. My biggest complaint is on both harps I get a 'sticky' reed. If you are wanting to try a 'Paddy' tune harp this is a lot better than retuning a standard harp.