Re: [Harp-L] breaking in new harps
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- Subject: Re: [Harp-L] breaking in new harps
- From: Cljdm@xxxxxxx
- Date: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 22:28:42 -0400
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I am a pretty hard player on a harp. I have always found if I am"gentle"
with the new harp for the first few weeks, they seem to play better as well
as become more responsive for the remaining life of the harp. I have had
most of my Marine Bands last for an average of 3-5 years. Although there are
exceptions both ways, shorter and longer lifespans. Mostly exceptions tend
to be a longer than 5 year life. When I get a good one I cherish it.
Best to all,
In a message dated 9/20/2014 9:32:04 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
What nobody has mentioned is the variation in playing styles.
Some people breathe through their harps
Some people play through their harps
Others uses a strong percussive attack
With all this variation in playing styles: medium, soft and hard there is
bound to be some difference in how -- and how long -- the reeds respond.
Some people make their harps for a long time; others use their harps up in
a single gig.
I don't think break-in generally has much to do with it. It's how the harp
is played, not whether it is broken in gently or ever.
FWIW: I find that NOT playing adds greatly to the longevity of individual
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