[Harp-L] Optimizing diatonic reeds for bending
In a message dated 1/14/2008 11:26:59 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,
Excellent, lucid post, Winslow. I might be asking your permission to put it
on my website, with due credit given of course... ;-)
> The lower-pitched reed in the hole goes up in pitch as a bend rises in
pitch, and as the pitch goes up, the reed pulls farther away from the reedplate
(you can see this when you play a reedplate with your mouth and watch it in a
mirror.) Getting a slightly lower gap can give it a longer travel before it
gets too far away from the reedplate to swing through the slot.
I am always impressed with the knowledge Winsow possesses and with all the
time he takes to share, as in this case. But he lost me in the above
paragraph. Standard bends lower in pitch, not rise. With the greatest of respect, i
think this could use an edit; perhaps an example. If I've been playing 40
years and it is confusing, I doubt if i am the only one. Perhaps i am too
tired, but if i don't reply now, i'll forget in the morning.
Also, someone else remarked about different opinions of what "gently"
means when stroking a reedslot when embossing. Each harp has different
tolerances depending on the machine that stamps the slot (i assume they are stamped?)
and other factors, such as the placement of the reed in the slot. If the
tolerances are great, more pressure is needed to squish the reedplate material
to reduce the tolerances. I would advise to plink very frequently, so that u
hear the buzz as soon as a reedslot is starting to close up too much. At
that point, realigning the reed often helps, as do other tricks I've learned on
this list. Thanks all.
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