Re: Purpose of windsavers?
> Can someone please explain to me exactly what windsavers do? Do they just
> extend the life of the reed or do they affect the mechanics of the
> chromatic and the way the reed sounds?
Windsavers do exactly what their name suggests - they "save wind".
Chromatics are notoriously leaky, so windsavers are added to try to
minimize air leakage.
Otherwise, you have to have the air capacity of a certain politician
known for his propensity for heating up the air :-)
oops - no Newt jokes!
Windsavers also enable you to bend notes not otherwise bendable, e.g. the
low note in a hole. I use them on my diatonics so I can play chromatically.
You can get windsavers from Hohner. They recommend Phylobond rubber
cement, and for chromatics, that's probably best, so you can remove and
replace them when they buzz.
> ... Should I try to reglue the windsaver on? Would it
> aversely affect the harp if I took off other buzzing windsavers?
If it were mine, I'd get replacement windsavers and replace the whole set.
-- mike curtis
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