Re: [Harp-L] Aluminum Combs
It is important that a harmonica comb is absolutely flat, to stop leakage
of air between the comb and the reed plates. In my opinion it is also
important that the comb does not swell or contract too much particularly when it
gets wet and then dries out. Metal combs if well made, solve those
Some people also believe that a metal comb produces a brighter tone. In
tests however it has (mostly) been proved that the AUDIENCE can not tell the
difference between identical harmonicas that have been constructed with
different comb materials. It is possible though that the player may be able to
Some harmonica technicians say that, although in no way does the comb act
as a "sound box" as in a guitar or violin, the reflectivity of the metal
comb's air channels may contribute to a brighter tone.
Metal combs often have a nice heavy feel to them, I like that in my
If available, I personally if given a choice will always chose a metal
comb for my harmonicas.
John "Whiteboy" Walden
Just now deep in the English countryside.
In a message dated 8/9/2011 11:38:20 A.M. GMT Daylight Time,
What advantage is an aluminum comb, or brass ,or any metal?
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