[Harp-L] Comb Materials: the Perfect Test Harmonica?

Bob Laughton bob@xxxxx
Thu May 12 19:48:20 EDT 2016

On Thu, May 12, 2016 1:13 am, Brendan Power wrote:

> Richard Weiss, Hohner's product manager, has patented a very interesting
> chromatic harmonica comb that I understand will be released by Hohner
> sometime soon.
> [...]
> 2. Different comb materials can be inserted in wedge-shaped blocks
> from the rear. These could be wood, stone, metals, whatever. They can
> presumably be bought as a pack and the player can change materials if
they wish.
> This could be the ultimate harmonica to settle the Great Comb Debate!

Nice. I'd say compare wedges made of foam vs. wedges made of depleted
uranium, and settle the controversy once and for all.

By the way, I've known lots of traditional Irish flute players over the
years, most playing high-quality vintage or custom flutes made from wood
or plastic, everything from African Blackwood to Delrin, and I've never
hear a peep about which material is 'best for tone'.

Bob Laughton

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