Re: [Harp-L] Comb Material
we could set it up on the buddha board with a sample and a poll... nobody needs to lose $1000
>From: Tom Stryker [mailto:tstryker@xxxxxxx]
>Sent: Thursday, April 19, 2007 11:35 AM
>Subject: [Harp-L] Comb Material
>After much debate on this same issue on SlideMeister, I thought I would
>challenge those who strongly felt that they could tell the difference
>between Plastic & Wood combs. I offered to wager $1000 (loser pays) to
>anyone who could identify Plastic or Wood combed harmonicas in my
>recordings, winner take all. Participation was limited only to those who
>would wager. I think I cited three recordings, some wood combs, some plastic
>combs and some combinations. I know what harmonicas were used because they
>are all marked on the combs and on each track of each recording. No one was
>willing to make wager. I will cut a bit of slack by saying that EQ and
>Effects greatly alter the sound in recording but the same applies when we
>amplify them live. Most everybody has their favorite sound and it isn't
>wood, plastic or metal.
>Bottom line to me is that there is no way to tell the difference except that
>plastic blocks tend to be a lot tighter. It is my experience that the
>embouchure (physiologically,)mostly determines the sound, while the style of
>playing and the quality of the harmonica (tuning, gap, air tightness,
>covers, block design) all contribute to the total quality of the sound.
>When the desired characteristics are met, what do we do? We amplify and EQ.
>I am as guilty as anyone else. Use what you like, I won't be able to tell.
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