Re: [Harp-L] Chromatic cover lids modification


That is interesting. I wonder why the new trend in diatonic harmonicas is a more
open back? They do seem louder to me but are also more susceptible to denting.
I'm confused.


On Jan 13, 2011, at 7:03 PM, Vern wrote:

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.


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