Posgroup wrote:I have a few Easy Chords. They are kind of like a ukulele version of an autoharp! Definitely cute.
I've been playing with the one I bought to give to the buddy's kid. We're going out for Sichuan Chinese dinner next week and I figured I'd give it to the dad then to take home. Thus far, I'm finding it pretty fun; it's high-pitched, but not necessarily shrieking or grating. With the short strings and no fine-tuners it takes a steady hand on the turn on the tuning key, but on the bright side only 18 strings to tune.
My primary kvetch would be not so much the limited chords, but the choices. It has a top row of Bb, C7, D7, and bottom row of F, C, G. Setting aside transposing issues (I'd prefer DG vice FC), I'm not thrilled having no minors, and two 7ths (which I'm not fond of in general). Should it be relatively easy to "hack" this instrument to change the chords? I can just unscrew the comb cover, take off a bar and re-do its felt, relabel the key, and I'm good, yes?
With the strings it has now in the tunings it has now, it could do CG (though then I'd have two wasted A# strings). The lowest string is already a D, so I could get a DG if I were to eliminate the A#s for two C#s and move a few things over accordingly.
For key settup, I'm totally new to autoharp, but I'd imagine something like this would be useful for folk:
C - e - b (lowercase for minors)
- G - D - A
For the Easy Chord for my buddy's kid, I'll just leave it as-is. I have a diatonic 'harp off of eBay coming in the mail, but I do think it'd be fun to have a tricked-out Easy Chord too, so I might get one myself, re-felt it as mentioned above, and while I'm in there tweak the action, put in better springs etc.
Has anyone worked on an Easy Chord, or have any comment as to things I should consider while fixing one up for myself with a better chord selection, to get better action, etc?