[Harp-L] SP20 vs. Pro Harp - observations & questions
Yesterday i spent hours tweaking an F# harp someone gave me. It was my
first experience with a Hohner Pro Harp. My impression of this particular Pro
Harp is that it is the same harp as a Special 20, but of lesser quality -- reed
work was sloppy, had poor tolerances and some reeds were off-center,
requiring a Hohner style reed wrench to fix (thanks Bill Rommel).
I see the PH is the modular (replaceable reed plate) type, tho to me the
reed plate looked identical to my SP20's. Is there a way to tell the
difference visually, between a modular version and the non-modular reedplate?
A check on Pat Missin's site (http://www.patmissin.com) shows slightly
different length reed slots between the two types. I wonder why. If the two
versions' reed slots are of different lengths, it stands to reason that Hohner
must need to have an entirely different inventory of reeds.
Except for the black painted cover of the PH, the cover is identical in
shape to those of the SP20 but the PH's cover is lighter in weight. Tho i
don't have a scale to compare weights, the Pro Harp seems to feel noticeably
lightweight compared to the SP20.
This may be a lemon of a Pro Harp, but judging by this one experience,
obviously i would avoid Pro Harps in favor of SP20's. The prices of PH's from
online stores ranged from virtually the same to costing more than SP20's.
Thanks to Harp-L and Rupert Oysler's harp repair DVD, i was able to tweak
this harp pretty well and it has replaced my old F# harp in my harp case. I
did just about everything except tip scooping and wax or nail polish to seal
the base of the reed. Here in sunny FL, i don't think wax will last. The
reedplate was corroded and I didn't feel comfortable that nail polish would
Re Rupert's DVD, tho it's the next best thing to having a harp tech looking
over your shoulder, I would like to have more info on tuning a harp. I read
Pat Missin's directions on how to tune by ear but my tuners' needles jump
around way way too much to get thru it. All I ever do to tune is to tune
octaves to each other. Suggestions?
ron - FL Keys
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