Re: Harmonica Maintenance Tools

Hi Vince

Two or three places to try for brass or steel rod.
Model shops usually have a rack of the stuff in all sorts of sections.
Home Depot and suchlike also stock some of this stuff
Another place is an Art hobby shop.

These are a much better option than going to manufacturers.  We could only 
get stainless steel spring wire for the Renaissance Chromatic by going 
direct to a major supplier.   Minimum was 200yards...  as we use 6" per 
spring that means we have enough for another 1200 Rennys.  ie, we have 
supplies for another hundred years :))
OH!... no, that's wrong... we supply a spare spring  with the kit... it's 
only 50 years... Damn, have to be careful about waste.

Douglas Tate
Partner with Bobbie Giordano
Purveyors of the Renaissance Chromatic
ILUS Harmonicas

At 00:33 08/05/2003 -0500, you wrote:

>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
>The Blues Site -
>Winemaker's World -
>----- 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.
> >
> >  -- Pat.
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