Re: [Harp-L] Recording / Lee Oskars / Air leakage
That's interesting because a few months back i bought a L/O (Key A) and
found it extremely leaky.I have been buying L/Os for around 15 years now and
this is the first one that i have ever had a problem with.
I just put it down to just one of those things that happen
sometimes.Even after re gapping and some embossing it still wasn't really
Still (unless its a trend) one bad one out of about 25 or so isn't too much
----- Original Message -----
From: "Alexander Savelyev" <Alexander.Savelyev@xxxxxxxx>
Sent: Tuesday, November 11, 2008 3:02 AM
Subject: [Harp-L] Recording / Lee Oskars / Air leakage
I decided to use the same rig as Lee Oskar does/did for recording
harmonica - Beyer M160 mic, Lee Oskar harps, decent preamp. I added M130
to M160 and recorded a couple of solos in the M/S mode. Result? Wow, I
couldn't believe my ears, these ribbon mics get you such a mellow tone
given you have one in your head and throat:) With a decent reverb - just a
bit, the sound is huge and pleasing to the ear. No blues here, just some
Apart from success with the tone, etc., I had an extreemly annoying
problem associated with the air leakage that my Melody Maker appeared to
have. As I listen to the recorded tracks and then again check it in live
by playing to myself and listening I discover that harps leak air like a
pump%$&??? I check my another Melody Maker and the same story with that
one. Then I pulled out a couple of other Harmonic Minor harps - more or
less same story depending on the register - low keys primarily. Good
sound, but in holes 1 thru 4 these harps have obvious air leakage. I
didn't expect that from Oskars - I check the positioning of the
reedplates, tightened the screws, checked the gapping, etc. Almost no
difference - I guess the comb and the reedplates are not flat and 100%
sealed - hole dividers must be of different hight.
Now a question goes like this:
I know pretty well what to do with these harps in terms of gapping,
sealing, etc., I'd rather would like to know your experience with the
newly purchased Lee Oskar harmonicas (I know the harps are laying in the
warehouse for a couple of years before the get sold, but hopefully yours
are fresh - I bought mine some 6 years ago and didn't play until now)? Any
comments on air leakage of Lee Oskars bought lately? Will I be free of
extra fuss with finetuning them or it's inevitable anyway? I'd rather buy
a bunch of new harps free of such unacceptable artifacts (if you compare
such a harp wih the SP20 - it's like night and day, I guess some bad
quality control). Yes, and I talk about Lee Oskar harps only.
Thanks in advance,
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