[Harp-L] The Other Comb Material Issue
There is another issue with wooden combs, that is their ability to
turn into lip saws. I have just purchased a Marine Band and a Special 20
both in the key of D. They both sound great, the issue for me is that
the Marine Band will be dead and become a reed donor much sooner than
the Special 20.
What do all you Marine band fans do to cope with the combs instability?
You play for a while and the teeth start sticking out in front of the
reed plates and slice your lips up.
I was once advised to cut off the teeth of the comb with a razor blade
which while effective is not a very good solution as when the teeth
shrink when they dry out they are not long enough line up with the edge
of the reedplates
If you leave them in the sun they shrink and warp.
If you leave them in a humid place the comb will swell and the harp will
Hohner missed a great opportunity to introduce plastice combs
(Genuine Faux Pear Wood) when they introduced the Deluxe Marine Band and
The only advantage in my opinion is that the Marine Band is a tiny
bit smaller, it's only a millimetre or two but it does make a difference
(to me)and I also prefer the cover shape of the Marine Band.
I really like Marine Band harps but the wooden combs are a big
turnoff.I would love to see a Marine Band made with a plastic comb
exactly the same size as the wooden one using the same tin sandwhich style.
I have been down the comb sealing road and was not satisfied with
the result, I have also made some Marine Band combs out of six
millimetre pvc sheeting. The result was a Marine Band that sounded just
like a wooden combed one. I have some photos of the combs I made
somewhere if anyone feels the need.
Please note these opinion are totally my subjective opinion and reflect
my personall experience with plastic and wooden combed diatonics and
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