Re: [Harp-L] poor man's embossing station (with appropriate thanks)

Hi Ron,

Reed flattening does slightly widen the reed (so emboss after), and it also will take the side to side curvature out (like a slight bow that may occur when the reed is made) which should increase reed life. The scoring has do with with the milling marks that go side to side, and also tuning gouges from before. I think cutting through those end to end on the reed can improve response and increase life.

Rupert Oysler

Captron100@xxxxxxx wrote:
In a message dated 6/26/2007 10:01:09 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time, Rupert Oysler writes:

For my average set-up the first thing I will do is reed-flatten, then score the reed lengthwise, press the reed heel into the slot, emboss, score the slot edges near rivet, establish clearance between the reed and slot, reshape reed, gap, tune...sometimes there's days between things to settle etc.

Thanks Rupert, re your second step, "scoring the reed", I assume you meant that with a glasscutter you score the slot, not the reed?

I've said it before, but i really appreciate your Harp Repair DVD.
You've also got me wondering about the actual purpose of your reed-flattening - is it to widen the reed to reduce tolerance or just to properly shape the reed before starting other procedures?

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