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Tech: Choosing a Jew's Harp

Henry Krinkle 27 Sep 12 - 06:19 AM
GUEST,Blandiver 27 Sep 12 - 06:48 AM
Henry Krinkle 29 Sep 12 - 07:16 PM
GUEST 29 Sep 12 - 07:56 PM
Henry Krinkle 29 Sep 12 - 08:13 PM
GUEST,Blandiver 30 Sep 12 - 05:24 AM
Henry Krinkle 30 Sep 12 - 06:20 AM
GUEST,Blandiver 30 Sep 12 - 06:35 AM
Betsy 30 Sep 12 - 06:42 AM
GUEST,Blandiver 30 Sep 12 - 07:00 AM
GUEST,Blandiver 30 Sep 12 - 07:05 AM
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Subject: Tech: Choosing a Jew's Harp
From: Henry Krinkle
Date: 27 Sep 12 - 06:19 AM

I can't get a decent sound out of the one's with a thick steel frame. It's like it deadens it. The thin frame ones put out the volume. Can you get a thick framed one to put out a good sound? I can't.
(:-( ))=


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Subject: RE: Tech: Choosing a Jew's Harp
From: GUEST,Blandiver
Date: 27 Sep 12 - 06:48 AM

The best workable Jew's Harps (to my mind & certainly for the price) are those by Hungarian master Zoltan Szilagyi. His Black Fire range is especially excellent for solo playing & sessions - I always keep a few in D, G, A, & E in my fiddle case for sessions. I live in the UK and his mail order service is second to none.

Check 'em out here: http://www.szilagyi-jewsharp.com/


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Subject: RE: Tech: Choosing a Jew's Harp
From: Henry Krinkle
Date: 29 Sep 12 - 07:16 PM

Even when you buy a new one from a music store, you should wash it. I bought one from Mars Music (defunct chain of stores), took it out of the box and went to play it. Gross!!! You could smell that it had been in someone elses mouth. I nearly puked!
But you know, their big sales pitch was to Come On In!!!
Play Our Stuff!!! It didn't occur to me that they meant stuff you put in your mouth too. I'm glad I never bought a harmonica there.
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Subject: RE: Tech: Choosing a Jew's Harp
From: GUEST
Date: 29 Sep 12 - 07:56 PM

.. and Henry, be very careful which shops you buy butt plugs and dildos from.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Choosing a Jew's Harp
From: Henry Krinkle
Date: 29 Sep 12 - 08:13 PM

I make my own. I whittle them out of old shipping pallets.
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Subject: RE: Tech: Choosing a Jew's Harp
From: GUEST,Blandiver
Date: 30 Sep 12 - 05:24 AM

Not sure how it is in the US, but in the UK music store Jew's Harps are always shite. If you're serious about Jew's Harps then go to Dan Moi.

http://www.danmoi.com/en/


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Subject: RE: Tech: Choosing a Jew's Harp
From: Henry Krinkle
Date: 30 Sep 12 - 06:20 AM

He has those thick framed ones. I can't get a good sound out of them.
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Subject: RE: Tech: Choosing a Jew's Harp
From: GUEST,Blandiver
Date: 30 Sep 12 - 06:35 AM

Follow the link, Henry - Dan Moi do every type of Jew's Harp under the sun - from loud sturdy KHOMUS from the Altai Mountains to exquisitely crafted overtone-rich DAN MOI from Vietnam which don't even require dental contact. They even do Chinese KOU XIANG (HO HO) which come in fanned sets of three & five 'leaves' for melodic playing beyond your wildest dreams.

Nadishana does these too; and he plays them very well indeed:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Br-0gYtT-s0

In the universal realms of the humble Jew's Harp, there are no limits beyond your own imagination...


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Subject: RE: Tech: Choosing a Jew's Harp
From: Betsy
Date: 30 Sep 12 - 06:42 AM

Are these Jaws Harps or Jews Harps ? . Surely they're called the former because they resonate on one's jaw(s).


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Subject: RE: Tech: Choosing a Jew's Harp
From: GUEST,Blandiver
Date: 30 Sep 12 - 07:00 AM

No surely about it, Betsy. The term Jaws Harp is a relatively modern invention, along with Juice Harp and other 'folksy' contrivances - like 'fiddle sticks' and Ring-a-Roses being a reportage of Black Death symptoms.

Michael Wright is the man to trust on this one:

The Search for the Origins of the Jew's Harp

I'm happy to use the general name Trump in everyday usage, though of course not everyone gets it, so Jew's Harp is fine. My Khomus, however, are Khomus; and my Doromb are Doromb.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Choosing a Jew's Harp
From: GUEST,Blandiver
Date: 30 Sep 12 - 07:05 AM

Sorry - Jaws Harp is found in the mid 1700s, thus predating the invention of Folk by 100 years. Jew's Harp is still the older of the two...


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