Re: Harmonica Maintenance Tools

Pat, I use a trick that Tim Northcutt showed me in Memphis. I take the tip
of the reedplate and put a small scoop on the tip. Then I narrow the slots
and drop the reed down in the slot a little (the reed sits down inside the
slot) with the tip barely scooped upward. After a LOT of practice, it
results into a very responsive harmonica. Sure you ruin a couple of harps
till you get it right, but it's worth it. Now I haven't ruined a harp in
several months and I have set-up about 20 of them. I only "scoop" the reeds
on the harps I am performing on and the ones I record with. I'm not real
picky while I am just jamming.

I also am looking for a small brass rob that I can use to adjust the reed
offset with too. Something similar to the reed offset tool with the LO kit.
Anyone that can get me a small brass rod, please help.

Vince Cheney

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- ----- Original Message -----
From: "Pat Missin" <pat@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <harp-l@xxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Wednesday, May 07, 2003 5:59 PM
Subject: Re: Harmonica Maintenance Tools

> Vince wrote
> >
> >Exactly where can I find a piece of small brass rod (to make an offset
> >tool), something to easily scoop the reeds,
> Scoop the ~reeds~???
> In what sense are you using the term "scoop"?
> >and a file and stuff for tuning
> >and etc.
> Forget the file. Get something like this:
> Much cheaper than a good quality file and much less likely to mess up
> your reeds. You can usually pick these up individually at most hobby
> stores, but if you are a real cheapskate, you could just use a folded
> piece of wet&dry paper.
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