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Tremolo harmonicas
« on: August 31, 2016, 10:05:49 PM »

I wonder why tremolo harmonicas have more than teh standard ten holes.
Is it something necessary for the vibrato effect or is a bigger range assumed necessary? Or something else?
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Re: Tremolo harmonicas
« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2016, 11:44:59 PM »

It's largely because there are two reeds to each note (without which no tremolo effect) rather than the single reed per note in a 10-hole so called blues harp. In addition, each reed in a tremolo is usually in its own chamber rather than (as on a 10-hole) having both blow and draw reed in the same hole. Finally, tremolos come in all sorts of sizes simply in order to obtain greater or lesser ranges of notes. Hope this makes some sense.
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Re: Tremolo harmonicas
« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2016, 01:24:17 AM »

More user satisfaction!  ;D
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Re: Tremolo harmonicas
« Reply #3 on: September 01, 2016, 01:16:49 PM »

Second the comment above. The Asian tremolo layout is very similar to an accordion, the sound is like a dry tuned accordion.

More on tremolo harmonicas at http://www.tremoloharmonica.com/
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Re: Tremolo harmonicas
« Reply #4 on: September 01, 2016, 11:20:05 PM »

Thank you all
I probably need to get close to one and observe!
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Re: Tremolo harmonicas
« Reply #5 on: November 28, 2016, 03:58:53 AM »

For the same reason (requirement of air for twice as many reeds) tremolo harps feel different in play than a straight diatonic harp. They take a little getting used to. I have several and have adjusted the gaps on each one. A few little tweaks can go a long way on one of those.

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Re: Tremolo harmonicas
« Reply #6 on: November 28, 2016, 11:00:43 PM »

Last Friday I was playing alongside a piano accordianist when I heard the unmistakable sound of a tremolo harmonica, coming from somewhere out of sight to my right. When the tune finished, I looked round to see who it was (not many of us play these) and there was nobody there! I then asked the PA player and, yes, he had a little knob (technical term) which would give his instrument that magic sound, and he had been using it. He wondered how I recognised the sound, so I pointed out the two tremolos on the table.

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