The Art of Sweetened Tuning — Harmonica

 

Peterson tuners feature unique Sweetener™ presets not found in any other brand of tuner. This comes from an almost 70-year legacy that reaches back to the dawn of popular music as we know it today.

Peterson StroboPlus HD

Decades of research and the experience of musicians the world over has led to the creation of the “Sweetener,” a system of preset tuning offsets designed for specific instruments, only         available on Peterson tuners, and used worldwide wherever precise and professional results are expected.

Peterson tuners have long been the choice of harmonica manufacturers, technicians and regulators. The current Strobo series of tuners from Peterson includes the StroboPlus® (pictured on right), a compact and affordable battery-operated programmable tuner which features preset tunings for harmonica. These presets are the official Hohner® cent values for their range of diatonic harmonicas, intended for monitoring the instrument’s condition and for making minor corrections. Do not attempt to tune the reeds without having basic tuning skills and techniques as damage can occur. If in doubt, consult a qualified technician.

 

Original Marine Band™

For Original Marine Band harmonica, use the OMB Sweetener™ preset. Default setting is for C harmonica and tuning is in 7-limit Just Intonation with pure thirds and fifths.

For other keys/roots, check the Peterson Connect site.

 

 

 

Modern Marine Band™

For Modern Marine Band harmonica, use the MMB Sweetener preset. Default setting is for C harmonica, and tuning results in almost pure thirds and fifths.

For other keys/roots, check the Peterson Connect site.

 

 

 

MS Richter™

For MS Richter harmonica, use the MSR Sweetener preset. Default setting is for C harmonica and tuning results in slightly sharper thirds and slightly flatter fifths than Marine Band tuning.

For other keys/roots, check the Peterson Connect site.

 

 

 

1896 Marine Band™/Special 20™

For 1896 Marine Band/Special 20 harmonica, use the S20 Sweetener™ preset. Default setting is for C harmonica.

For other keys/roots, check the Peterson Connect site.

 

 

 

 


MS™ Models

For MS Model harmonicas, use the MSM Sweetener preset. Default setting is for C harmonica.

For other keys/roots, check the Peterson Connect site.

 

 

 

Country Tuning

For Country style harmonica, use the CYT Sweetener preset. Default setting is for C harmonica, and the hole 5 draw is tuned to an F# (instead of an F on a standard Richter model).

For other keys/roots, check the Peterson Connect site.

 

 

 

Natural Minor

For Natural Minor style harmonica, use the NMT Sweetener™ preset. Default setting is for C harmonic. Tuning results in a 2nd position Justly tuned minor chord.

For other keys/roots, check the Peterson Connect site.

 

 

 

Harmonic Minor

For Harmonic Minor style harmonica, use the HMT Sweetener preset. Default setting is for C harmonica. Tuning results in all the 3rds in the blow and draw chords being tuned a semitone lower than the Richter system, so that both blow and draw chords are minor.

For other keys/roots, check the Peterson Connect site.

 

 

Golden Melody™

For Golden Melody harmonica, use the GMT Sweetener preset. Tuning results in equally tempered thirds and fifths, and the whole tuning is raised by 8 cents.

The GMT default setting works for all keys.

 

 

 

Chromatics

For Chromatics, use the CMT Sweetener™ preset. Tuning results in equally tempered thirds and fifths. The whole tuning is raised by 12 cents from standard equal temperament at 440 Hz.

The CHT Default setting works for all keys.

 

 

 

Current Peterson tuners featuring the Sweetener settings described above include:

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Suggested tuners for professional reed technicians include:

  

 

(Left to right) Peterson AutoStrobe, Peterson Strobe Center 5000-II, and Node model 8001


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hohner, Marine Band, MS Richter, Special 20, Golden Melody are registered trademarks of HOHNER Musikinstrumente GmbH & Co. KG

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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