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Danny G:
Just received a shipment Forerunner 2.0 Non Valved Chromatic harmonicas
This is the first time I've seen chromatic harmonicas available in 12 keys.
I haven't posted them on my website yet so if you're interested email or call me or cell phone (330) 322-9625
Non Valved
Available in 12 keys i stock
C = 70.54      Db - 83.29     
G -  83.29      D -  83.29     
Ab -83.29      Eb - 83.29     
A  - 83.29      E -   83.29       
Bb -83.29      F -   83.29   
B -  83.29      F# - 83.29 

Gene Oh:
Hi Danny,
It's good news that new version 2.0 of the valveless Forerunner is available in 12 different keys. My humble question: Is it recommended that a novice in Chrom like me uses keyed Chroms rather than practising 12 different keys on  C Chrom?


Danny G:

--- Quote ---Is it recommended that a novice in Chrom like me uses keyed Chroms rather than practising 12 different keys on  C Chrom?
--- End quote ---

I think that depends on who you ask. Personally I prefer using a C chromatic for everything but not everyone feels the same way.
The guy who was Miles Davis's (EDIT and Wynton Marsalis's) teacher (William Vacchiano, former principal trumpet of the New York Philharmonic and Julliard teacher) who played a C trumpet was speaking about keyed instruments said use the tool that works best for you.
SmoJoe who plays keyed chromatics might have some insight about this

Gene Oh:
To Danny,
Many thanks for your prompt response.
I am seriously thinking of using keyed chromatic harmonicas rather than sticking to only C keyed Chromatic harmonicas.

To SmoJoe,
1. I didn't know that you(SmoJoe) play keyed-chromatics (as Danny said above). My understanding was that you play only 16-hole C chromatics.
If you see this thread, please give some advice on this.

To Bernie,
2. Another senior chromatic player is Bernie who definitely plays keyed chromatic harmonicas.
So, Bernie, can you please give some input on this subject?

To Age,
3. As far as I know, Age used to play a number of Hohner 270 keyed chromatic harmonicas so long before he began to teach himself how to play everything on a single C Chrom. So, Age, can you also give your personal advice on this?

4. To Scotty,
My understanding is that you normally use a Chrom in the key of A, rather than using a C keyed Chom for everything. You also deserve to give your kind opinion on this.

If there be any other SlideMeisters who have tried keyed chromatic harmonicas may contribute to this topic as well.

I love you all,

Hi Gene: I've been thinking about ordering a Forerunner in A from Danny, but have to wait a bit since the medical bills for our
little kitty cost thousands of dollars and I decided trying to save his life would be my birthday and Christmas this year. It didn't
work, unfortunately, but he was worth the expense. Now I have to not spend anything for a while.

I know that Smokey prefers not to play a 16 chromatic but can. He prefers to play a heavier 12-hole (such as a solid-combed
Hering). He WILL use other keyed chromatics even to  play in C since the 'tone' is different. He's written about this fairly
extensively here on SlideMeister - you could probably find his posts under any topic discussing 'reading' vis-a-vis playing by
ear? For me, I once played only 16hole chromatics in C and still have them and DO still play them here and there. But, once
I discovered the CX-12, which I consider an absolutely perfect instrument (IF they made it in a 16 - its only flaw for my taste),
I just had to buy one or two (a C and a Bb) and then an A and G. Something told me I'd love them in these other keys and
after a while I realized I only wanted to hear the sound and tone of the A (probably it's closest to my singing voice). Either way,
it 'fits' me better than any other chromatic - to the degree that I had my Psardo GoldBar also made in key of A. It's a lovely key which seems to fit so much of the music I love. For what it's worth, I don't only play IN the key of A on my A chromatic. I realize that might sound confusing but I pretty much use it to play everything - except something which might be very complicated. Then I might try a C again - or then a flat key (a Bb or Eb) to see if those will work better - mostly when I'm playing along with already-recorded - usually sax smooth jazz tunes. When I'm playing by myself I can use whichever instrument I choose.

I don't play similarly to other people, since I mostly play what I hear in my head, so I can't really advise you which way to go. I do think you'd love an A BUT if you can only follow the notes on the page then it might not work for you. IF you can hear the music and play along with it, then another keyed-chromatic might be a lot of fun. What Danny said is absolutely correct: it's 'using the right tool for the job' and no one will judge you - basically no one else has any idea what key of instrument you're using unless you have a big label on it (something I do) or tell them. So if no one knows but you - the sky's the limit as I see it.

Hope this helps in a small way.



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