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A letter from Bill Price (Inventor)

This site features an exclusive two and a half year audio/video history of the inventor’s unique full-tone “Coupling Method” for playing the ten-hole diatonic harmonica. Be among the world’s most versatile by using this new method for playing the Richter.

  • A Richter Revolution!

      Aside from a few alternate tunings, improvements in materials for construction and some playing techniques, the Richter diatonic harmonica is essentially the same today as it was back in 1826. Enter the whole-tone, “Coupling Method” for playing the Richter:

  • The Richter Renaissance

    A popular music renaissance was in the making when suddenly an unexpected anomaly appeared. The tiniest instrument within its gritty ensemble had generated a unique mystique…enter the diatonic harmonica. The blues was rising in popularity and the soul of that

  • The twenty hole diatonic harmonica

    What is the twenty-hole diatonic harmonica? Answer: Two ordinary ten-hole diatonic harmonicas tuned a full step apart on the chromatic scale and joined together to form one instrument. Why play the 20-hole diatonic? Answer: It’s the world’s most versatile diatonic.

  • Diatonic Dilemma

    DIATONIC DILEMMA Richter tuning makes the diatonic harmonica unique, but the instrument’s trademark chords (especially in the low octave) requires suffocation of certain notes within the diatonic scale. This is where the big weakness of the diatonic harmonica gets exposed.

  • Method or Madness

    Why is the Coupling Method superior? Answer: Because it enables the diatonic musician to play what was previously impossible, embellish it with new notes, incorporate harmonies, play additional chords, have a more full sound and finally, not merely compete with,

  • Harmonica… Declining Public Interest?

    Yes! According to “Google Trends”, interest in the harmonica, especially the diatonic harmonica is in dramatic decline. The trend varies some by region, but in general it’s a worldwide trend. Without getting into the details of just what the numbers