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Chordomonica Fan Club
« on: March 22, 2021, 11:06:17 PM »
Not for me. I hate'em, but I know I'm probably in the minority.
That's the only harmonica I ever bought that I actually threw right in the ole' garbashe' can; 'cept for that cute little Swede bag it came in. ;D    Anyway, here's the thread for anyone whose interested.

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Re: Chordomonica Fan Club
« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2021, 11:40:45 PM »
I started a FB page, it hasn't gotten much action.
Started one for the SSCH and Harmonetta too, more folks interested in those instruments.
Chordomonica isn't chromatic anymore, maybe the diatonic section is a better spot.
Yer the boss--but you don't even like 'em!

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Re: Chordomonica Fan Club
« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2021, 10:16:50 AM »
Diatonic, eh?  Hmmmm! Maybe that splains why I never liked them.  ;D ;D Bwaaahahaah!
Okay, off to the suck-harp board we go!

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Re: Chordomonica Fan Club
« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2021, 10:57:08 AM »
Good on ya!
There are accidentals, but it’s the chords, stupid—I seldom practice on one, or really play them, but they are great fun, and you can sound like you know what you are doing in a solo setting without too much effort.
This tuning is effective in first position, but also good in second, the button draw chord can function as “V of V”.

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Re: Chordomonica Fan Club
« Reply #4 on: March 23, 2021, 11:01:57 AM »
Who knows? I may have musically "evolved" since the last time I played mine (fifty years ago) and might even hate them less today than back then, but I'd never consider buying one to find out.  :)

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Re: Chordomonica Fan Club
« Reply #5 on: March 23, 2021, 12:31:02 PM »
Gianluca Caselli played his chordomonica at the last HUK Festival (happy memories..)  - a customised Discovery 48 which I found intriguing and imagine it could be
 a lot of fun to play. A few vids on YT.



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Re: Chordomonica Fan Club
« Reply #6 on: March 23, 2021, 01:34:49 PM »
do Harmonettas count?

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Re: Chordomonica Fan Club
« Reply #7 on: March 24, 2021, 03:03:07 AM »
I semi-customized one for myself, which was owned by Jim Prushankin, sometime last year.  It's in the key of C.  The comb was cracked and looked like it had some mold on it but otherwise the harmonica was in good condition.  I drilled it out for screws and put an aluminium comb on it.  I adjusted the spring on it and had to actually custom make one for the left spring because the hole in the comb didn't quite match the spot in the original comb.  Tuned and replaced windsavers. 

I haven't spent too much time with it just yet, but you can do some really cool things on it.  Sure, limited to the key and amount of chords, but you can fully accompany yourself with it in many different ways.  Here's a really wonderful clip of Cham-Ber Huang demonstrating it at 4:00.  You can hear him play some full chords, and lots of double stops with many different types of counterpoint including oblique motion.  One day I'll transcribe this arrangement. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uioI3H5y3h4

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Re: Chordomonica Fan Club
« Reply #8 on: March 24, 2021, 04:06:25 PM »
do Harmonettas count?
Nope, but I DID just start a new Harmonetta thread for the lonely Harmonetta-Heads out there in Meisterland. ;D
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Re: Chordomonica Fan Club
« Reply #9 on: March 24, 2021, 07:52:50 PM »
Hi

What is the strange push button instrument played in 2nd video?

Never seen one of those.

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Gianluca Caselli played his chordomonica at the last HUK Festival (happy memories..)  - a customised Discovery 48 which I found intriguing and imagine it could be
 a lot of fun to play. A few vids on YT.

https://youtu.be/OxCn2A_EkSM
https://youtu.be/2GazETLI1Qo

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Re: Chordomonica Fan Club
« Reply #10 on: March 24, 2021, 09:52:32 PM »
Hi Wayne. The instrument with all the buttons is an accordina.
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Re: Chordomonica Fan Club
« Reply #11 on: March 27, 2021, 01:12:06 PM »
An acquaintance from a folk music forum bought a Seydel chordomonica last year. Some examples of what he has done with it.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eud6aQ-MMiw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Etfoe1kirI8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DK2Xx1g6lpg
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Re: Chordomonica Fan Club
« Reply #12 on: August 14, 2021, 04:36:40 AM »
Hello, Chordomaniacs.

I'm searching for a Hohner Chordomonica II in the
factory key of E.
If anyone has an E Chordo II,
for sale or trade, please let me know:

broeckerjohn20@gmail.com

The Chordomonicas (both #8301 Chordo I, 10 holes;
and #8302 Chordo II, 12 holes) were made in the
factory keys of A, C, E, F and G. I have all of the
manufactured keys except E.

The Chordomonicas have always been slide diatonics,
not slide chromatics.

The Chordomonica II has the same comb (pearwood
body) as the Hohner #270 Super Chromonica, with
an extra hole drilled in the comb, for the 2nd slide
button's internal slide spring.

Hohner employee Cham-Ber Huang (life 1925-2014)
designed the Chordomonicas, to have more chords
than a standard 10-hole Richter system blues harp.

The Chordo I factory key of C harp adds the F major
and A diminished 7th chords; the Chordo II factory
key of C harp adds the A minor and D minor 7th chords
to the Chordo I's list of chords.

Some players have said that the Chordomonica II's
2 slides are breathy (air leakage), but my Chordo IIs
don't seem to have that problem.

My Chordomonicas are used primarily for folk music
and some country tunes. The Hohner Chordomonicas
were produced in Trossingen, Germany, home of
the Hohner company, from 1965-1983.

Best Regards, Stay Healthy

John Broecker
Sussex, Wisconsin, USA.



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