Features common to all Dortel harmonicas

There are three different types of Dortel harmonicas. They differ mainly by their design. Many features are common to all harmonicas.

Type 1 covers come in at the level of the plates which no longer hurt the lips.
All angles are rounded so as not to fatigue the hand. The glide, ensured by a very rigid varnishing (norm "contact food") is much superior to metal harmonicas.
The notes of the harmonica's tone are marked by an inlay (exclusive design deposited).
A metal seal is encrusted in the wood to ensure a perfect seal and an identical setting after disassembly.
Insert system
The covers are made independent by a threaded insert incorporated into the comb. Disassembly is greatly facilitated for adjustments or cleaning.

The type 1

The most classic of the three models with exceptional grip, it can be realized on the Hohner plates "Crossover" and "Golden Melody", or Seydel "1847"

The type 2

With a completely different type 1 design, type 2 takes on the same technical characteristics. It can be realized on the Hohner plates "Golden Melody"

The type 3

With a different design, type 3 also has the same technical characteristics as its predecessors. It can be realized on the Hohner plates "Golden Melody" and "Crossover"

Comparison of harmonicas

The dimensions of the types 1,2 and 3 compared to the factory Crossover.

The options

Some options make it possible to improve the airtight, to modify the timbre. They are to be determined together at the time of the order.
Extra screws

Extra screws

2 screws are also added for perfect clamping of the plates on the comb. Assembly can be made without the screws on request.

classic comb

Classic comb

We know that it is the density of wood and its structure that influence the harmonicas timbre …

… it then interesting to adapt the comb according to the tones of your set.
Sanded, varnished, polished, here only the wood used will give the stamp to the harmonica.

The classic Boxwood comb:

warm tone comb

WT comb (Warm-Tone)

… it is also possible to heat the timbre of a very hard wood or to accentuate the heat of a soft wood. Silicone inserts can be placed inside to absorb vibrations and thus remove many harmonics. These inserts can be removed and thus offer an additional shade.

The WT boxwood comb with silicone inserts:

The woods

The woods determine the timbre. If the differences are minimal in the ear, the feelings for the player are quite different.
Personally, I prefer to "shine" the sharp tones with hard woods and "flatter" the bass tones with soft wood. The aesthetic is also to be taken into account.
The photos of the woods will be posted soon. In the meantime, I invite you to see the woods on the photos page.

The setting

Airtight is the common basis for reactive play by allowing modifications and overloads. All my harmonics are optimized in this way.

The tuning of the gap is specific to each harmonicist. My setting will give you some ease to play chromatic, but may not be optimum for you. This step, if you deem it necessary, is quite simple to make and requires only a paper clip as a tool.

Keep in mind that the technique of overnotes is within everyone’s reach, but requires a period of learning. A well tuned harmonica will only shorten this step but will not dispense with it.