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

You can easily determine which reeds travel through the reedplate with the covers off.  Merely play each hole while feeling that hole with your finger.  You will notice the short reeds do not travel through while the longest reed extends quite a way through.  The only reed that can touch the cover is the longest draw reed ( hole 1).  There are two methods used to prevent the reed from contacting the cover. 1) MB 364 and Seydel Session low low F contour the covers to allow clearance and 2) Seydel 1847 low keys have a bulge stamped out over blow reed in hole 1.  Joe Filisko designed the bulge in his low tuned harmonicas several years ago. 

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> On Apr 9, 2016, at 8:42 AM, bad_hat@xxxxxxxx wrote:
> 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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