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Thunderbird

(1 customer review)

104.99

Fitted with our patented bamboo comb, the Marine Band Thunderbird offers the perfect solution. It’s tuned one octave lower than standard harps and features an innovative tapered cover design to prevent reed rattle, inspired by the work of legendary harmonica customizer Joe Filisko.

 

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Sometimes the sound of a harmonica in regular tuning is just not fat enough to really counterbalance the power of guitar, bass and drums. Fitted with our patented bamboo comb, the Marine Band Thunderbird offers the perfect solution. It’s tuned one octave lower than standard harps and features an innovative tapered cover design to prevent reed rattle, inspired by the work of legendary harmonica customizer Joe Filisko. The lowest tuned diatonic model in our portfolio, it deliverers a powerful, rich sound that’ll make the floor shake. Experience a hitherto unknown dimension of deep-toned harmonica playing, let it carry you away into new sonic adventures, and reshape the perception of how the harmonica sounds.

 

Reed plates (material, thickness):brass, 0.9 mm
Reed plates (surface):brass
Reeds (number, material):20, brass
Comb (material, color):bamboo, blonde
Comb (finish):triple lacquered
Mouthpiece (surface):bamboo
Cover plates:stainless steel
Keys:LF, LE, LEb, LD, LC, LBb, LA, LG, LFF
Type:diatonic
Tuning:Richter
Number of holes:10
Tonal range:3 octaves
Length:10 cm / 3.9”

Harmonicas Ireland have 3 levels of harmonica set up for Diatonic harmonicas. These levels range from basic to intermediate to advanced levels of set up.

Basic Level: This work includes embossing of reed slots, this helps prevent air loss and so increases the harmonica’s volume and response of the reed within it’s reed slot on the reed-plate. Basic level harmonicas are lightly embossed with reeds gapped for optimal playing. Available for all harmonicas.

Price: 100 plus cost of harmonica

Intermediate level: Intermediate level custom harmonicas have heavier embossing done to them. This procedure is also available for all harmonicas. Reeds are profiled to sit in their slots and gapped for optimum playing also. This process also suits diatonic harmonicas by making it easier to play and achieve over blows in holes 4, 5 and 6 reeds and over draw hole 7, great for the over blowers out there!

Price: 150 plus cost of harmonica

Advanced level: Advanced level custom harmonicas as the intermediate whereas advanced; all reeds are embossed and set up for over blow/draw. Reeds are chamfered and tuned to give a rich tone. A dream to play for the advanced play who likes to over-blow/draw and play chromatic scales on a diatonic harmonica!

Price: 250 plus cost of harmonica

1 review for Thunderbird

  1. Paul Scollon

    Not just does it play well, the harmonica itself is a thing of beauty. And Cathal’s customisation was spot on. This sounds AMAZING.

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