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.
• The type 1 •
• The type 2 •
• The type 3 •
Comparison of harmonicas
2 screws are also added for perfect clamping of the plates on the comb. Assembly can be made without the screws on request.
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:
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 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.