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Title: Seydel releases Tony Eyers (Harmonicatunes) Major Cross harmonica
Post by: Harmonicatunes on February 05, 2017, 12:13:23 AM
Around 20 years ago I devised a harmonica tuning for fast bluegrass and Irish tunes, and called it Major Cross. It has Major Scale notes in the second or "cross" position used by most players. Major Cross requires no bending, so fast tunes are much easier to play.

While some players have adopted Major Cross, the instruments have been hard to find.

Not anymore. Seydel have released a Major Cross model, which is now available "off the shelf".

The instrument has a distinctive blue comb. Needless to say, I'm proud to announce my own harmonica model. Check it out at the Seydel Major Cross page (http://seydel1847.de/majorcross), which has video explanations etc. If the page comes up in German, just hit the red "Switch to English" button.

I'm (almost) always the only harmonica player at fast bluegrass and Irish sessions, the Major Cross harmonicas allow me to keep up. Some of you may be joining me soon, now that Major Cross instruments are easily had.

Title: Re: Seydel releases Tony Eyers (Harmonicatunes) Major Cross harmonica
Post by: playandteach on February 05, 2017, 12:42:40 AM
Really interesting. I had a go a few years ago, and the bending had me beat - maybe time to try again, though I know enough to know it's not as easy as you make it look.
Well played.
Title: Re: Seydel releases Tony Eyers (Harmonicatunes) Major Cross harmonica
Post by: Huw Adamson on February 05, 2017, 12:59:32 AM
That's terribly innovative, I'm very impressed.
Title: Re: Seydel releases Tony Eyers (Harmonicatunes) Major Cross harmonica
Post by: Harmonicatunes on February 05, 2017, 03:21:59 AM
Cheers, thanks for the nice words. A brief moment for me in the sun perhaps, however I'm sure my friends will soon bring me back to earth.
Title: Re: Seydel releases Tony Eyers (Harmonicatunes) Major Cross harmonica
Post by: Corinto on February 05, 2017, 12:36:39 PM
Congrats Tony!
I'll certainly want some of these.