[Harp-L] Gapping steel reeds

Vern jevern@xxxxx
Tue Nov 15 21:43:57 EST 2016

Short answer: Steel is stronger.
Long answer: The elastic limit of steel is greater than the limit of copper-alloys.  You have to exceed the stress limit of the metal to achieve a permanent change of shape to affect the gap.

The malleability of the steel is less.  It will take less bending back and forth before it breaks.


> On Nov 15, 2016, at 5:08 PM, Sheltraw <macaroni9999 at xxxxx> wrote:
> I have noticed that changing the gap for steel reeds appears to require much more reed bending to force the desired change. Is this true?
> Daniel
> Sent from my iPhone

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