[Harp-L] Subject: Re: Does anyone know what's being done about Marine Bands?
I think he has a third option, Garry.
Take it apart after buying a brand new MB...SEAL the comb thoroughly
(following all the free instructions available on the 'net - Dave Payne talks
people through how to do it), and then gap the instrument even just a little
to suit his own playing style.
I don't play diatonics enough... yet, and even I can gap (carefully) my own
instruments. It isn't difficult if you follow two principles: 1)go slow
and 2)check after each tiny gapping stroke. I learned the hard way early on
by screwing up a couple of reeds, which ARE replaceable...so practicing on a
'junker' is the intelligent way to go about it (as many here suggest).
Like Winslow, I'd also like to know exactly what is meant by 'it blew out'
after two hours. I play/practice my harmonicas for hours at a time - and
still haven't done any major damage to any of 'em, and I'm not a wimpy
player especially at home, but I do switch off from one harmonica to another
Date: Sun, 30 Aug 2009 14:51:43 -0400
From: Garry <harp@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: [Harp-L] Does anyone know what's being done about Marine
To: _Harp-L@xxxxxxxxxxx (mailto:Harp-L@xxxxxxxxxx)
Nicholas Lovett wrote:
> All of us guys who do the classic stuff depend on them.
> The tone keeps getting brighter, the wood continues to be unsealed,they
> need to be gapped, the price keeps going up, and what's worse is that
> of us depend on them to make our sound.
> Is anything being done about this?
offhand, i'd guess no. the situation you describe above is a veritable
recipe for "not gonna change". the MB is what it is, people buy them
anyway, no real reason for hohner to change. instead, they're investing
their effort in making better MB's, as others have mentioned. sadly,
these better MB's are more expensive, but that's the way things work.
seems like you have two options (aside from just living with the status
invest more money in the better MB's, or find a way to make your sound
with some other harp. there are a lot of really nice harps out there these
We make a living from what we get,
but we make a life from what we give.
- Kathy Moser
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