Have you seen the little mini congas? I think they’re cool, but I always considered them toys or tourist trade junk. I found a set of Moroccan mini’s (more like micro congas actually) at a thrift store for $4. I couldn’t help buying them because they looked so cool. They’re terracotta with goat skins. I’ll post a pic soon. I was shocked that they really play, and sound well. You can get some nice tones off them, almost like the big boys. Maybe it’s the clay that makes them sound. I have terracotta flutes that have beautiful voices. One is shaped like a dove, and plays the basic dove call notes plus some. Man I can tear a mating dove’s heart out when I answer back with this thing. They think they’ve found true love, but as sometimes happens in the real world, they find it’s all a lie. Poor birds…BAD BB.
I wonder how a terracotta harmonica would sound. Maybe just terracotta covers.
What happens if you open up the outgoing space on your harp covers. They take a sharp curve toward the comb leaving a small opening. I take it this enhances the reed/harp body vibrations for sound? If the opening is wider, will the sound or projection degrade? Does this have an effect like the cupped hands creating a sound chamber?
Just asking. I’d like to know for sure. Maybe I’ll butcher a cheapo and see what happens.
IT’S ALIVE…no, wait a minute…It’s dead, Jim (McCoy).