[Harp-L] Re: Hohner replacement reed profiles
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- Subject: [Harp-L] Re: Hohner replacement reed profiles
- From: Steve Baker <steve@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 19 May 2010 14:42:33 +0200
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Harvey Berman wrote:
Some time ago, I bought a bunch of Hohner reeds for the handmade
diatonics directly from Hohner USA. When I started looking at them
recently, I noticed that they were the old profile, where the ground
portion of the reed is square cut to the pad at the rivet end, rather
than tapered down like the newer reeds, which I think leaves a shear
line for possible breakage. This, in my mind makes these reeds at
least 12 years old, I think, since they have been using the newer
profile since they started stamping dates on the plates around 1987.
Again, I think I am right about this.
Has anyone out there bought any reeds from Hohner which are the newer
profile? Maybe Steve Baker knows the answer. Steve??. Am I right
on my dating of these reeds. Are there any advantages of using these
older reeds? I think I heard once that the newer reeds, especially
in the first couple of holes have a lot of flex, because they are
thinner, and that sometimes it was hard to get the reed not buzz.
Apparantly the older vingage reeds did not have that problem. Am I
correct, or is reality escaping me.
Thanks for any answers.
The current reed profiles for Hohner Classic harps were introduced
around 2005, not in 1987. As far as I remember, Hohner USA didn't
start offering replacement reeds until about 10 years ago. One of the
reasons for tapering the conjunction of rivet pad and milled reed
surface was to reduce the possibility of breakage at that point.
These reeds last very well and actual breakage has been virtually
eliminated. However, as you mention quite a number of players prefer
the older reeds, among other reasons for their greater lateral
stability, even though they don't always last as long as the current
ones. If you want replacement reeds with the new profiles you could
always try Harponline.
Hope this helps
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