Re: [Harp-L] Special 20 vs. Seydel Session Steel?

I have customized and played other custom sp20s and session steels that scream. But out of the box, Both harps need adjustments like most stock harps.

The recessed comb is not my favorite but you can improve both harps by adjusting proper screw torsion and making the reed plates flat. This is huge. Harder to do on session but sp20 easy. You can flat sand to do this or use a large drill bit to remove burrs in the reedplate holes. This is because most manufacturers use self tapping screws that create volcanos of metal on the reedplates = leak when screwed to comb.

I have multiple videos on doing this here click on free videos at top of page.

I will be offering optimized sp20s with this service included early next year. Already offer optimized sessions for less than 100 bucks built by Dave Payne that play like customs.


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On Dec 28, 2012, at 11:10 AM, Garry <harp@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> On 12/27/2012 08:44 PM, Scott Hicks wrote:
>> My harp of choice for a couple of years has been the Hohner Special 20 but I was thinking of trying the Seydel Session Steel. Can anyone offer any comparison info? How close are they in size? I have one Lee Oskar in my case and every time I pick it up, it feels quite strange in my hands because it is slightly bigger, not to mention the size of the holes.
>> Scott                       
> you should compare the sp20 to the regular session, vs. the steel.
> they are similar in cost, and you can try one out for the cost of
> a special 20. if you like it, then a separate decision is whether
> to spend the roughly 2X premium to get the presumably enhanced
> reed life that the session steel offers.
> as far as i can tell, the sessions and session steels are pretty much
> the same as far as responsiveness and playability, and are of course
> identical in terms of size, shape, etc. i went with the steels for a while,
> but found that they didn't last any longer for me than other harps,
> and i prefer the responsiveness of the suzuki bluesmasters.
> note that you can buy replacement reedplates for sessions and
> steels, so you can upgrade the former to the latter when/if a reed
> fails.
> i play a mix of (mostly) bluesmasters, session steels, and special 20s.
> they're all great harps. the differences are likely to come down to
> personal preference, so asking here won't tell you nearly as much
> as just buying a few and trying them out.
> -- 
> We make a living from what we get,
> but we make a life from what we give.
> - Kathy Moser

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