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Offline tatelev

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First look at how well tuned my first chromatic harmonica is...
« on: February 01, 2022, 11:32:30 AM »
Hi, so again, I have a brand new EastTop 1248NV and never had another harmonica before. I seem to have roughly fixed the gapping(at least for now) that was happening on a few holes, now I would like to asess how well tuned it came from factory. I downloaded an iphone app that I saw mentioned in this forum: "Pano Tuner"

1) Is this a good app for checking tuning of my chromatic harmonica?

2) Are there any of the default settings that I need to change? A = 440 , Tolerance...

3) What variance from perfect tune should I expect as normal?(How "normal" it is for some notes to come out of tune from factory and what would be an acceptable variance to expect)

4) What is the top bar that reads -10 to + 10 for and what does it mean when it changes from green to red?

5) Any suggestion/tip related to checking tuning?
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Re: First look at how well tuned my first chromatic harmonica is...
« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2022, 11:41:17 AM »
I liked PanoTuner so much I gave them money!
I would set it to 442.
Green means it’s in tune.

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Re: First look at how well tuned my first chromatic harmonica is...
« Reply #2 on: February 01, 2022, 02:40:23 PM »
Your first harmonica? You probably don't want to tune yet.
Try this instead:
Play a note, watch the tuner, and move your jaw up or down. Or open your throat like a yawn. Or say A and then E and then A again while playing a note. See if you are moving the needle on the tuner. 
This is one of the charms of the harmonica. In time you will be able to have a bit of control over the pitch. It might not be a good idea to try to correct the pitch until you know what effect you might be having on the pitch.
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Re: First look at how well tuned my first chromatic harmonica is...
« Reply #3 on: February 01, 2022, 04:08:49 PM »
Hi Tatelev,

If you hang on a bit, and look at your previous post asking about reed positions, John Broecker is going to post a diagram of the reed layout for that harmonica.  I suggest that, whenever you decide to do some tuning, make a copy of the diagram for your records.  You can play each note and determine whether it's out of tune, and by how much.  Then you can use that diagram to work through each reed that needs tuning to either bring it up or down to your desired tuning.  I've found if I don't keep some type of record as I go, I have no idea what I've done!  But ... that happens to me a lot lately, and on many subjects!
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Re: First look at how well tuned my first chromatic harmonica is...
« Reply #4 on: February 01, 2022, 05:10:10 PM »
I'm not sure if tuning is a task I would like to have to execute being such a novice and having such a brand new instrument. I would prefer to start practicing the chromatic scale I just learned than having to work on precise reed modifications!

I understand that I made a personal decision with buying a budget instrument and I cannot expect it to be perfect, but I want to have a measurable idea on how to asess if it came tuned to an acceptable level.

I like what beads said about checking how the tuner changes with different positioning of the jaw, throat and try to see if the sounds change pitch by doing that... I'll try that tomorrow.