Re: [Harp-L] Chromatic cover lids modification

The curling in of the cover plates does not perceptibly suppress the sound.  I once blocked off more than half of the opening in the back of a harp with an aluminum plate.  There was no perceptible difference in the sound as measured on my sound-level meter.   When you cup a harp in your hands, there is hardly any effect until your hands are almost closed.

Opening up the Velvet Voice covers would be a waste of your time.


On Jan 12, 2011, at 5:27 PM, Denny Noreikas wrote:

> All this recent talk about which Chromatics to buy got me thinking about trying the
> Chromatic again for playing Blues. I have 2 key of C's, a Hohner CX-12 and a Hering
> Velvet Voice 48. The CX-12 is too shrill for me compared to the Velvet Voice. I like the
> rich smooth sound of the Velvet Voice. However, the top and bottom cover plates on the
> Velvet Voice curled around toward the comb in the back of the harp which narrows the
> back opening suppressing the sound. I am sure this is by design.
> The CX-12 has a very large opening in the back. Can the cover plates on the Velvet
> Voice be filed down with a Dremel tool or similar device to open up the back? I am not
> a customizer nor do I want to screw-up a perfectly good harp.
> Any help would be appreciated.
> Denny

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