two tiny but big things

Friends and foe’s

I like to learn songs by listening to then and am to lazy to bother with notes and tabs. I wonder if any of you know of any program that can slow down a music-file (like mp3 etc.) or CD-track, WITHOUT lowering the pitch? So I can take a fast song slow it down to learn it proper before slowly raising the tempo to normal speed. But in the normal speeds pitch to also figure out if I perhaps need another key, I’m sure you know what I mean (I do).
If it (program) also is maid for Linux, I will take a train and kiss your arse (or buttocks if you prefer) in gratitude.

As I said in my introductions here I’m at this with harp for the second time (but THIS time I’m gonna learn to use it). Because of this I’ve “inherited” some harps from myself, but those have been laying around in a box for 10+ years. Sadly the last of those years have been in an outdoor shed. I know it’s hard for you to know, but do you think they’ve been completely ruined?

…and… …oh… let’s have a third thing as well…

I have yet to learn how to tune a harp, and I think this will take a loooooong time for me to learn. I wonder if any of you know any “customizer” who can perform this service in Europe? Since buying a new harp “out of the box” is a hazardous business.

Well, no more me bothering you this time, but be warned…
I might write again…:smiley:

We can’t really tell you wether they are ruined or not. Do they make sound? Do they play in tune? If they do, nothing serious is wrong with them. A new harp doesn’t cost much more than 300 Krones anyway.

I saw Adam Gussow pull a harp that was almost 20 years old out of a drawer, and he played it just fine. The video is on youtube.

I have yet to learn how to tune a harp, and I think this will take a loooooong time for me to learn. I wonder if any of you know any "customizer" who can perform this service in Europe? Since buying a new harp "out of the box" is a hazardous business.

Pica I bought a couple customized harp from Ben Bouman he does a really nice job here’s his web site to check him out.

http://www.customharmonicashop.com/ He’s on Youtube also, so you can check his playing out
just type Ben Bouman in the search box at Youtube.

I think he’s from the Netherlands but not 100 percent on that ???

I like to learn songs by listening to then and am to lazy to bother with notes and tabs. I wonder if any of you know of any program that can slow down a music-file (like mp3 etc.) or CD-track, WITHOUT lowering the pitch?
Check out the Amazing Slowdowner, I've never used it. But I'm sure a lot of people have. I use Van Boscoe's midi, which works good but only for midi's. You can get the Amazing Slow Downer here.http://www.ronimusic.com/] [url]http://www.ronimusic.com/[/url]
Because of this I've "inherited" some harps from myself, but those have been laying around in a box for 10+ years. Sadly the last of those years have been in an outdoor shed. I know it's hard for you to know, but do you think they've been completely ruined?

Well just take them out and try them if they sound good, excellent. You could also take them apart and clean them off good.
I had a guy give me a special 20 and it was rusty and leaky and old.

I took it apart and am going to clean it up. Not sure what to use to clean the covers.
They got a little rust. Also the reeds look like they need some cleaning.

I want to practice cleaning so that’s a good harp for me to start with :stuck_out_tongue:

It was free so if I ruin it, it won’t cost me anything ;D

Harp on!!

Joe, we have some acids at our workplace which kills the rust on the cover plates very effectivley! I can find out what kind of acid it is tomorrow and send you a PM.

Joe, we have some acids at our workplace which kills the rust on the cover plates very effectivley! I can find out what kind of acid it is tomorrow and send you a PM.

Yup, I’ll take that info Thank You Very Much want to bring that special 20 back to life ;D

Harp on!!

Hoi,

Ben Bouman from http://www.customharmonicashop.com/
Is indeed from the Netherlands.
If you have a request which is not listed on his website, just give him a E-mail.

In another treat I wrote:

The first is a program every self educating harmonica player can use its the “Amazing Slow Downer” it does it all slowing down changing Pitch en much more. You only have to purchase it.
http://www.ronimusic.com/amsldowin.htm

Second is a Open Source program witch is FREE.
It does mainly the same thing but have some limitations. Download it for free at:
http://www.xs4all.nl/~mp2004/bp/#what

Have Fun, John

You can clean the rust and grime with OOOO Steel Wool and Mineral Spirits without harming the metal and since you will be putting it iin your mouth I would suggest cleaning spirits off with alcohol then rince with water and dry. I’m a gunsmith and have been cleaning metal this way for years without any damage to the metal, any steel wool that is doesn’t remove easily can be removed with a magnet.