Re: bending and reed damage

Someone noted that when reeds go bad they generally go flat.  I've heard this
before and I think that what's going on is that as the reed gets work hardened
it becomes easier to damage.  Now work hardening may not actually happen in a
harp, but if it did that's what "breaking a harp in" would be I think.

Anyway, Maybe what happens is that the reed gets bent (literally) and because
it can't spring back to its original position the harp goes flat.  That's the

Now the test.  Does anyone know if a reed gets deformed so that it lies closer
to the reed plate if it goes sharp or flat?  If neither one then we're back to
square one plus the knowledge that that's not it.

                Only our concept of Time makes it possible 
          for us to speak of the Day of Judgement by that name;
          in reality it is a summary court in perpetual session.

                                          -Franz Kafka

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