Re: [Harp-L] customizing Lee Oskars
Michael King said;
One HUGE problem with the LOs is the reeds are brittle.
Wow! not my experience at all. I once foolishly used discarded
reedplates from a couple of lower pitched Lee Oskar harmonicas to create
a low A harmonica. I had never retuned that low before. I repitched 20
reeds, many of them using solder in large amounts. Remember I was using
used plates. I broke one reed out of the 20. I really manipulated
the reeds to an extreme. Getting something that low to play reasonably
took a lot of adjustment. The reed that broke was on its way out before
I touched it. I think it may have been a 4 blow. Anyhow that was over
a decade ago. The harmonica still plays quite well and I haven't had
any reed failures. My initial manipulations of the reeds were inept and
the harmonica survived it.
On another occasion I had traveled out of town to a Lee Oskar workshop.
If I recall correctly we were asked to bring along a D harmonica.
Being cheap I brough an older much played harmonica. We retuned the
harmonicas to the tuning Ben Bouman showcased on a youtube video
recently. 3 of the reeds drop significantly in pitch. I did this
without solder plus my initial attempt went awry when I accidentally
tuned the reed next to the reed I was trying to lower. I kept scraping
then sounding it and the pitch wasn't changing at all. By the time I
realised my mistake I'd dropped the wrong reed almost a whole tone. I
retuned it back to where it was supposed to be. That harmonica is well
over a decade old. It too was severly abused by my efforts. It started
out used and I regapped the retuned reeds after having dropped some of
them well over a whole tone in pitch. It still plays fine today. So I
guess your mileage may vary applies here. fjm
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