Re: [Harp-L] Soldering Reeds
-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.
Rupert, my point exactly. A person wrote in to harp-l with questions
regarding lowering the pitch of a harmonica because they wanted to build
a low C harmonica. Along with some advice on how to go about this
process the person also got the advice to just buy a low C Seydel. I
believe the person advising the purchase was commenting regarding their
experience with a low low Seydel. My response was regarding making a
low A. I enjoyed the process and I like the result I achieved. I also
offered my experience with an early production Seydel low low F. It is
just so so. As you must remember I asked you about getting it worked on
and you kindly sent me your address and said send it. I as usual
haven't done a thing. I think my purchase was in the Michael Timmler
era of Seydel and I'm relatively certain it pre-dated your formal
association with the company. Although it might sound as if I'm
complaining I'm not. I know how hard it is to make a low low F.
Perhaps the problem with my initial post was I didn't separate what are
basically responses to 2 topics? There's a certain irony here. The
classic asking what time it is and then getting told how to build a
watch. In this case someone actually asked how to build the watch and
got told what time it is.
Now that you mention it I do remember solder on the reeds. Surprisingly
small amounts considering the pitch drop. It was lazy of me to post
from memory and I regret not actually taking the harmonica apart and
looking. Thank you for posting the correct information.
Now you've done it. I'm thinking about trying to make my own low low F.
Forget it. It's easier to just buy one from Seydel especially now
that they have a US presence. I look forward to trying more of their
current production and I'm thrilled that there is another viable
alternative in the harmonica world for production harmonicas. Many of
the new offerings have me quite intrigues. Stainless steel reeds,
indeed. I wish Seydel nothing but success. fjm
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