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With a new trailblazing frame design Leo Tadagawa - founder and head of the Japanese Jaw Harp Association, collector, scholar and author of books about jaw harps - brings to fruition an idea he had in the mid-90s.
Yes, there are already umpteen makers and blacksmiths producing hundreds of teeth Jaw Harps. But all of those inherit the same basic key-shaped frame design. And here "Leo's Sledge" comes in with a brand-new concept! Without exaggeration one may say that this trump is the most innovative development sind Robert Zagretdinovs "Jaw Harp Pistol" many years ago.
For the manufacturing Leo works together with none other than the great mouth harp master-craftsman Takashi Yamazaki. This is a guarantee for an excellent playability and the far-above-average sound quality. The shiny brass frame is bent eleganty and the reed is made of Yamazakis highly appreciated spring steel responsible for the the billiance of sound. The finger rest bridge is wrapped with leather to make it handy. The branded "?" (tada) is the first character of Leo Tadagawas family name - the Leo's Sledge is also called the "Tadagawa shiki" which means "Tadagawa style, shape or model"
Here are some more advantages:
• very handy, easy to hold, less exhaustion of the holding hand
• the reed's "shank" is protected by the frame itself
• the frame on the front side where the reed is plucked serves as a guiding rail when playing fast or in both directions
• sound when played at the lips
• it's easy to tap the reed with your fingers while playing for additional effects
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