Re: [Harp-L] Double thickness reed plates? [getting long]

I don't think that there is any doubt that thicker reed plates make a  
louder harmonica, assuming all else remains the same.
I have played several "doubled" reed plate harps, and I liked them a lot.  
The problem is though that the reeds blow out MUCH sooner...
Everything comes with a cost!
John "Whiteboy" Walden,
Just now in
Bonnie Scotland
In a message dated 09-Apr-16 1:42:49 P.M. GMT Daylight Time, bad_hat  

You know  that reeds can reach through reed plate slots because of the 
noise they  make as they strike the cover plates. Measuring any 
individual reed's  travel would be more difficult. I would expect the 
louder claim is  verifiable because it's not subtle.  Do we all agree the 
XB's are  louder?  I'm speaking from direct experience here, I own a 
double  plated harmonica.  It breaks reeds and it's loud.

Apparently  aligning the plates is no mean feat.  When you think of all 
of the  fussing that gets done on individual reeds and slots, you're 
multiplying  by 2 with a double plated harmonica.  So 40 precisely 
aligned slots  with very small clearances.

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