RE: [Harp-L] Blu-Tack and Solder: Go Brendan!
Hi Michelle! I remember you recommending this years ago, and I bought a little plastic bottle of that brass powder and tried the technique. It works! The fast-setting epoxy is crucial - it will set even faster if you give it some gentle heat. I've got a bit less adventurous over the years, doing little more than the odd Paddy Richter retune, but I'm hanging on to that little bottle of brass powder!
> Just to toss in another option, Pat Missin used to recommend a mixture
> of brass powder and epoxy (this may have changed with all the press on
> Blu-Tak). Works great for me. Mix it up and it takes little of it
> applied to a reed tip to make the desired change in pitch (brass powder
> is certainly heavier than B-T). Use fast-setting epoxy and it takes
> little time to be ready for an Exacto knife for course tuning and a fine
> file for fine tuning. There is one advantage of this method compared to
> B-T: there is no worry about it coming off spuriously. I have harps that
> I re-tuned with this method that are still going strong after years of
> play. Yet, similar to B-T, all it takes is a well-placed flick in with
> that Exacto knife to remove it and restore the reed to its original pitch.
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