RE: [Harp-L] breaking - in, looking for a metallurgist
You don't need a metallurgist to establish whether or not breaking
in a harmonica has a perceptible effect, an experiment to test the
theory could go along the these lines:
Give a harmonica player 10 new harmonicas to break in, keep an
identical set of 10 new harmonicas aside.
When the player has finished breaking in the harps you'll have 10
pairs consisting of one broken in harp and one matching brand new
Blindfold the harmonica player so that he can't see which are the
used harps and give him each of the pairs in turn, asking him two
1) Which of the two harmonicas is the one that was broken in?
2) Which of the harmonicas sounds better?
Repeat the above until you get a statistically significant set of
If breaking in does make a significant difference then the players
will tend to identify the broken in harmonicas and say that they
have a better sound.
If it turns out that breaking in harmonicas does have a perceptible
effect then it will be time to ask metallurgists to suggest possible
How about it, are there any harp-lers out there looking for a
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