RE: [Harp-L] Manji welded reeds?


> From: tusker23@xxxxxxxxxxx
> I'm a relative newbie to harp-playing and I know it's probably a dumb question, but.......if welded reeds are such a tremendous improvement over rivetted reeds, wouldn't replacing a welded reed with a screw-fastened reed result in a poorer quality harmonica? 
> If not, then why not use all screw-fastened or bolted reeds in the first place, rather than welded reeds? 
> And if indeed the performance of a welded reed is so vital to the musician at the outset, why would he/she then settle for a lesser harmonica with a repaired reed which doesn't meet original manufacturer's specifications? I'm thinking that if welded reeds were so vitally important to the professional player in the first place, he/she would simply dispose of the damaged harp and buy a new one, rather than play an "inferior" instrument.
> .....Or am I missing something?


As they say in talk radio; "you stole my thunder." 

And, with those close tolerances, how could a lowly human easily align this replacement reed in the slot? What about all of the distortion and stress put on the reed and the plate when the holes are drilled and threads are cut?


Michael Peloquin

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