RE: Reed Mod's
Johnny Bee writes...
>I do believe this is my first posting on the HARP-L list. It was recommended
>from the BLUES-L list. GOTTA LOVIT!!!
>I'm fairly new on the Harp and I must say that YOU folk are putting some great
>comments on here. Although I didn't get any harps for Christmas from anyone
>else, I bought myself a Lee Oscar on Christams Eve. I was actually looking to
>get replacement plates for my 'C' Hohner and learned that there was no such
I only know of Lee Oskar, Inc. advertising replacement plates. Don't
know about Hohner - I have bought chromatic reed plates in the past. You might
contact them directly.
> The salesperson said they are the equivalent of the "Bick lighter" and >they
>probably will not have replacement plates until MAYBE sometime in 1995.
If they imply you should throw away your broken harps - DON'T. One of
these days you'll learn how to repair them and/or pirate parts from one to fix
another. Throw them in a "bone box" and keep them for a rainy day.
>From reading some of the postings already I see that I actually have to Break
>In my new Harp...Also, on the Lee Oscar, I understand that they aren't usually
>in tune to begin with and modifications are necessary. (I have to become a
>technician too 8-( ) ahhhh).
Lots of pros and cons on this - I don't break in my harps - probably
because I'm a relatively "soft" player - If I need loud I let the mic do the
work. But in general it is probably a good idea to break them in.
I can't comment on out of tune harps - I have never found a new harp to
be seriously out of tune. What does that say about my ear? Of course you have
to realize too - I am a government worker. I have had new harps in need of some
tweaking to improve response.
>As a beginner I'm missing a whack of tools in my toolkit. HOW DOES ONE MODIFY
>the reeds to give it the proper tone?
I can recommend two excellent books - One is just recently available
from Dick Gardner. I haven't seen this one yet but my co-editor gives it a
thumbs up! - send $10.00 to Dick at...
7024 Jocelyn Ave. S.
Cottage Grove, MN 55016-3640
The other is from Dr. Harp (aka BSHC's Richard Smith) Write...
Buckeye State Harmonica Club
4532 Benderton Ct.
Columbus, OH 43220
Oh, this one is $5.00 -- I recommend both. If you only buy one, get
Gardner's - the humor alone is worth it.
TOOLS-- Lee Oskar sells a nifty little repair kit in a roll up pouch
for around $25 list. It is designed for L. O. harps - so it only contains a
phillips screwdriver. Add a small flat head and you're equipped to do minor
repairs - read adjustment, tuning. etc. A how to sheet is included.
F & R Farrell Co. - has various harmonica repair tools.
call 1-800-438-3543 or 1-800-438-3544 & ask for a catalog.
Finally, most people who get half way serious about harmonica repair
end up populating their own tool kits with stock tools and sometimes homemade
Here are some things to look for...
a) Precision screwdrivers - flat & phillips.
b) A GOOD set of forceps with angled or curved tips.
c) Fine file
d) Sharp scraping tool (razor blade, exacto, etc.)
e) Soft tooth brush
f) 91% Isopropyl alcohol
g) Feeler gauge material or thin metal strip
h) Tooth picks
i) Soda straw (cut to approx. 2" - makes a nice reed setting tool).
j) Small pliers
k) Light weight hammer.
l) Ask your dentist if he will save some old dental tools for you.
Now dig up an old harmonica (one you don't care about) and go to it.
Hint for #1 project - Retune the draw 5 reed up 1/2 step (F to F# on a C harp).
You do this by scraping or filing small amounts off the free end of the reed.
Use the gauge material to slide under the reed for support. File/Scrape a
little at a time and test often. You will probably have to adjust the reed set
after you get the pitch right. If you have any luck at all you will have a
quick and dirty country tuned harp.
That's just a start - I'm sure you'll get more ideas from this list and
from the repair manuals mentioned above.
>Additionally, once I get this baby modified could you recommend an inexpensive
>method of magnifying this sound. The cheapest the music stores were quoting me
>here in Toronto was about $300 strokes for Mike and Amplifier.(commments).
I'm sure the amp/mic gurus will reply to this one.
>p.s. I've been playing diatonic now for a little over 1 year. I've been
>telling everyone that I'm committing to playing on-stage by summer '96. With
>your help maybe I'll be up there for a tune or two by this summer.
I can't tell, from your address, where you are but come to Buckeye Harmonica
Festival '95 April 6, 7, 8 and sign up for open mic. More info later.
PS |___________I'm no biker but I really like your sig!
Jack Ely - Columbus, Ohio --Internet--> IMS_ELY@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
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