Re: [Harp-L] customizing Lee Oskars
To be fair, I recently bought a minor tuned LO and I have to admit that it does play pretty stiff. However, I have not yet gapped it and it's also a D (A minor) and I hate D harps anyway. I bet once I get it gapped and play it a little, it will be fine. The other Lee Oskar harps I have bought have all been well worth the money and they last and last.
Steve Webb in Minnesota, where cool weather prevails this weekend.
---- fjm <bad_hat@xxxxxxxx> wrote:
> 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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