Bushman Game Changer. 10 Hole Diatonc Harmonica with Slide. Includes Free USA Shipping

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The Richter Game Changer – Richter tuning, also known as Blues tuning, is laid out exactly like a regular, 10-hole diatonic harmonica.  The age old challenge for diatonic players has been that if they want to get the sharps and flats (the black keys on a piano) they would have to learn to bend the notes.  Well that works great for the blues, or any music where coming in flat or sharp and quickly adjusting to the right pitch actually sounds cool, but if you try that on a song like “Beautiful Dreamer”, for example, not hitting that flat note precisely will sound like a fart in church!  And don’t be fooled, even Joe Filisko and Howard Levy need a moment to hear where they’re at on the bend before they’re perfect.  The button on the Game Changer eliminates all of that – it allows the player to precisely hit the accidentals.  With the Richter Game Changer, an average diatonic player can hit sharps and flats more cleanly and precisely than the best bending harmonica players in the world!

Before the Game Changer, if you wanted to play chromatically (as in, if you wanted to be able to get all the sharps/flats) you needed to get a chromatic harmonica.  The problem for diatonic players is that a chromatic is Solo tuned, meaning the notes are laid out totally differently than a Richter tuned diatonic; so for a diatonic player, learning to play a chromatic is like learning a second language.  Furthermore, chromatics take more air than diatonics, AND they’re clumsy and awkward to bend.  Chromatic manufacturers try to solve that by adding irritating, plastic wind savers to make the harmonica more air-efficient, but then you can hear the wind savers flapping.  Most diatonic players think chromatic harmonicas are real pigs – they take too much air, they fight you on the bends, they’re not as bluesy sounding, and they make flapping noises.  The Richter Game Changer solves all of that!

The Game Changer has no wind savers flapping in the wind, it’s the most efficient, easy-responding, easy-bending harmonica I’ve ever played.  It’s a diatonic with a button that can get the sharps and flats!  It’s a little bigger than a 10 hole diatonic, but it’s much smaller than a chromatic…and it’s easier to play.  The Richter Game Changer has a light blue comb.

The Solo Game Changer – Solo tuning, sometimes called Chromatic tuning, features a note layout that is exactly like any standard chromatic harmonica.  The advantages that the Solo Game Changer brings to the market are:  Compact, 10 hole size – does any other company even make a 10 hole chromatic anymore?  If they do, I bet it’s still not as small as a Game Changer.  The small size makes the instrument extra easy to play since it has small, super responsive reeds that don’t require plastic wind savers.  It can play as fast as you can!  The little Game Changer still has a range of 3 full octaves!  Lots of chromatics are only available in C or C, A, and maybe G.  The Solo Game Changer comes in 6 keys!  Chromatics are usually expensive, with the most popular models being over $200; the Solo Game Changer is only $87.50 which is less than the cost of many 10 hole diatonics.  If you’re a diatonic player looking to try your hand at a chromatic, I recommend getting the Richter tuning, but if you’re a chromatic player who wants an excellent, fast responding, very affordable, 10 hole chromatic, that is available 6 keys including the rich sounding Low F, I recommend the Solo Game Changer.  It has a yellow comb.

The Paddy Game Changer – First, let me refer back to the Richter Game Changer’s tuning ‘s which is the standard tuning for most diatonic harmonicas.  Richter tuning works great for simple songs and blues. It’s originally designed for playing chords, as opposed to single note melodies.  Here is a diagram showing normal Richter tuning:

The blow notes are on the top, the draw notes on the bottom.  Richter is popular and versatile, but it’s missing some notes it needs in order to be perfectly suited to play lots of melodies.  Notice that the bottom register is missing the F and A of the C scale. This can be a problem for playing melodies that call for one of those notes, especially if you’re playing quickly. It’s possible to bend the existing notes to get the missing ones, but like I said above, bending while trying to play precise melodies is just not ideal – having a button that enables you get some more of the notes you need, when you need them, is better, but what if you could include the missing notes?  This was an idea first proposed by Brendan Power, who named it ‘Paddy Richter’ tuning because he found it made Irish songs easier to play.  It’s also called Pop tuning because it’s great for playing lots of pop songs.  On a Paddy tuned C harp, the G becomes an A. Here’s the Paddy Richter tuning chart in the key of C:

If you look at the first chart displayed that shows the standard Richter layout, you’ll notice that the 2 draw and the 3 blow are the same note (on a C harp, they’re both G), but on the Paddy layout above, that is corrected.  The standard Richter tuning works great for playing chords like Bob Dylan does, but it’s not well suited for single note melodies.  The Paddy Game Changer has a red comb.

Weight 9 oz
Dimensions 6.5 × 2.375 × 1.25 in
Tuning

Richter, Solo, Paddy

Key

A, Bb, C, D, G, LF



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Pete Hogi
World Opener

As a harp player and music educator - this think is fantastic. First, the quality is very good. Coverplates sturdy and super smooth. No stamping (thank god). The mouthpiece is very comfortable. Yes, it will make it easier to play notes that used to require overblows...but this thing also overblows well. Out of the whole set I only had to gap a few reeds to get all overblows and overdraws. They do feel different when you play bends and overbends but you adjust quickly.

So for advanced players it really opens up a world of expression. Now I have some notes that I can bend up or down. I can play ornaments like chromatic players do. I can play 1st position in minor. 3rd position in Major. I've got new options for bending notes that you can't bend on a traditional harp.

I bought the whole set and am very happy with it. To be honest there's so much to explore I haven't played my other harmonicas much!

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Vince Salerno
Bushman Richter Chromatic aka "Game Changer"

I believe the "Game Changer" truly lives up to its name. I've only had it for two days but I can do things on it with ease that were difficult at best on a diatonic using overblows.

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Thomas

Awesome…I love it!