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Art- Repairs This page features links to sites that repair, customize, and modify diatonic and chromatic harmonicas and microphones.

Custom Harmonicas by Filisko, Sleigh, and Gordon
"This site provides information on the customized diatonic harmonicas currently being made by Joe Filisko, Richard Sleigh, and James Gordon, using what we refer to as the "Filisko Method" of upgrading harmonicas. The "Filisko Method" is a dynamic and ongoing synthesis of skills and techniques for creating and maintaining harmonicas that meet the highest standards for comfort, responsiveness, and tuning."

POWER HARMONICAS - Customised by Brendan Power
"I make a big range of custom chromatics and diatonics, many of them unique. For example, my Stretch Diatonics: harps from 13-16 hole length made from the parts of two Special 20s seamlessly assembled, with all the playing comfort of the S20, groovy covers, and in any tuning you want. Or my custom CX10 Richter Blues chromatic (as well as unique CX14, CX16 and CX12 models), and trick performance modifications for other chromatics. In addition to the many harps pictured on my site, I'll do virtually any tuning or configuration you can think of on chromatic or diatonic."

HarmonicaFix.com
"Harmonica repairs. We repair 10-hole diatonic Hohner harmonicas. Specializing in the Crossover, Marineband, Special 20, and Golden Melody. Blown out a reed? We can help."

Harmonica made by Georg Pollestad
Norwegian harmonica maker, has supplied instruments for some of the best chromatic players in the world. His chromatic harmonica has three octaves; slide movements and shock absorbers have been especially developed for smooth action and easy assembly; gold-plated mouthpiece; screws for the mouthpiece made in titanium preventing galvanic sensations; reed-plates: interchangeable long-life from Hohner. Can be delivered in tuning as requested.

HarpDogs
I build, repair and maintain Hohner 260, 270 & 280 chromatic harmonicas for the advanced musician. I am to the harmonica what a luthier is to the guitar.

Dude Harp Custom Harmonicas
"The DUDE HARP is a precisely assembled, plastic combed, Marine Band, modified to eliminate the originals shortcomings. Marine Band reed plates are carefully trimmed, drilled and tapped to accommodate their placement into an ABS plastic comb. The reed plates are tightly fastened to the comb with nine brass screws. Four across the front and five along the rear. When compared with the factory's seven tiny nails, this dude is one tight tin sandwich."

Neil Graham Custom Marine Bands
"At present I am offering two types of modified Hohner diatonics, the Marine Band (MS) and Marine Band (trad. hand made). These are rebuilt from new stock supplied by Kurt Jacobs' Music, Sydney, Australia."

Rupert Oysler Repair Video
"Rupert builds custom harmonicas, and repairs diatonics and chromatics. From simple retuning to reed replacement to creating the perfect harp for your playing style no job is too small or large (he has over 40 years experience with harmonica!). Rupert also offers instructional videos that give detailed instructions how to work on your own harps."

BlowYourBrassOff.com
Maker of fine custom harmonicas and harmonica related products. Offering the widest selection of custom harmonica combs from the widest selection of materials. Also the maker of the Hands Free Chromatic and Ergonomic Neck Rack.

Joe Spiers Custom Harmonicas
"Specializing in top quality customized Marine Band harmonicas, other Hohner models are available by request. These harmonicas feature advanced reedwork by Joe Spiers. Fast, comfortable and durable, they are available for all playing styles from tongueblocked Chicago blues to jazz/overblows."



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SAMPLE VIDEO:  Harmonica Instruction for Beginners
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A simple playing tip to speed up your movement and add accuracy in single notes.
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Dave gives a general overview of what you can obtain from both diatonic and chromatic harmonicas in regards to harmonica chords.
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In this excerpt, Dave discusses some of the reasons for playing in either 1st Position or 2nd Position.

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SAMPLE VIDEO:  Advanced Harmonica Instruction
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Dave explains how the concept of "Follow Through", as found in many sports, also applies directly to your breathing and airflow.
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Dave explains the value of not just learning a scale up and down, but dividing it into smaller "bite-size" chunks, which can then be used as blues riffs.
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Dave demonstrates how you can use the "Tonguing" technique to create interesting sounds such as the "Chicken Call".



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