From: LIFE::JJTHADEN 2-MAY-1995 09:12:09.97
Thanks for the private note. Since it is probably of general interest, I'm
taking your sugestion and abstracting some of it, and my responses, to
>. . . Golden Melodies . . . "stiff" reeds when new. . .
Hard to remember. I haven't bought a new harp in 1-1/2 years.
>. . .I usually play Golden Melodies . . .
ditto, because they tend to overblow better, and I like the feel in the hand.
>. . . Lee Oskars are much easier to play "right out of the box". . . . It
>wasn't obvious to me that there was much difference in shape
>between the LO and Hohner reeds.
Lee Oskar reeds seem "lightweight" to me -- less taught spring
action and less weight. I'm GUESSING the alloy is a bit harder and a bit more
brittle. Kitt Gambel told me the reeds are shorter and wider than Hohner
reeds (Kitt was with LO), but I never used a micrometer on them myself.
I have two problems with Lee Oskars: They tend to squeal when I try to
overblow them. The reeds crack too easily.
>. . . the Huang's - these play easily out of the box, but
the reeds take a little "babying" - too much air pressure can be a problem.
Another case of lightweight reeds? It's a matter of taste, but I like my harps
to fight back a little more. I have a Huang that G that I tuned to low D that
has been lots of fun, but I generally avoid them.
>Thanks also for correcting the alcohol post before I had even read my
>mail... there seems to be a lot of scientific "misinformation" out there - I
>try not to add any, although I'm sure I have. (sigh) I just hope I don't
>do it in "print"!!
Yeah, I guess it was good to set the record straight about alcohol, but I wish
I'd been a little less snappish about it (Sorry John S.!). What is it about
this electronic medium which inclines ordinary folk to indulge in flame-
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