TurboHarp ELX: the "Les Paul" of harmonicas
The TurboHarp ELX is the world's first and only truly electric harmonica. Think of it as the "Les Paul" of harmonicas. Redefined.
Thank you for checking out our project, the TurboHarp ELX. We have dedicated 20 years to harmonica research and innovation. We've spent the last 2 years dedicated to completing a handful of Generation 1 ELX prototypes, putting them in the hands of professional musicians. With the valuable feedback received we're ready to introduce Generation 2 to the public and we need your help to get them produced.
So what exactly is the ELX?
The ELX is a diatonic harmonica that incorporates twenty individual pickups, one for each reed. Unlike an electric guitar which uses electromagnetic pickups, the ELX relies on optical sensors. Each optical sensor (pickup) converts the reed vibration to an electrical signal that is then transmitted to the signal conditioner box. The sensor works by measuring the reflected light from a light emitting diode (LED) by a photo-sensitive transistor.
Using a standard 1/4" jack the ELX can be connected to any audio amplifier or recording device. And with virtually no feedback the volume can be cranked to be heard across the room!
The ELX was designed to accept any Hohner Special-20 harmonica body. It can also be used with similarly sized harmonicas, including the Marine Band etc. but may require extra shims to assure a proper fit.
It's no secret that the electric guitar changed modern music and popular culture as well. Introduced in the 1930's, the electric guitar started a revolution in sound technology that continues even today.
We're opening the doors for harmonica musicians to express themselves and bring a new dimension to their music. Harmonicas can be heard in all varieties of music, whether in the background or often for whaling solos. Imagine the harmonica musician/band, to have a choice for electric vs. acoustic. The possibilities are endless.
We Need Your Help
We're ready to introduce the ELX to the public. With our prototypes in hand, we're asking for your help and support on Kickstarter to complete the tooling and circuit board portion.
We hope you'll join us and become part of a harmonica revolution. Spread the word!
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