Re: [Harp-L] Soldering Reeds
The Seydel LLF, and all the Superlows, have been hand done with adding
solder, and some also do have windsavers (the lower they go, the more
they have.) I'm checking to find out what kind of solder is used. It is
possible that in the future Seydel will be able to produce Superlow
harps with reeds that do not have added solder. Research and experiments
are pointing that way (just as years of research and experimentation led
to the new Stainless Steel harp). But at this point all the Superlows
produced have been accomplished with solder.
fjm, in response to your LLF being "just ok":
-I believe yours is over a year old? Quality control has been steadily
improving, and after my trip to Germany last fall, Seydel has even
arranged with a customizer to be at the factory for one week of every
month, spot checking current inventory, working individually with each
of the staff, and generally contributing towards the company goal to
build the very best harmonica on the planet. Current harmonicas are even
better than what we were producing even a year ago.
-LLF is quite a bit down from the Low A (that you made yourself) you are
comparing it to...many people have difficulty even going from a standard
A to a standard G, or Low F. Each step down requires a lot of adjustment
in the players resonance.
-A skilled, experienced, careful craftsman will probably always be able
to customize a harp to be better than an out-of-box product, even if
that is handmade, especially if he is doing it for himself.
If I recall correctly the low low F Seydel I have doesn't have any
solder on the reeds. I did do some fine tuning of mine when I first
got it. It does have windsavers. fjm
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