[Harp-L] Why do they still rivet reeds?
Sun Oct 30 22:43:53 EDT 2016
Putting reeds in with screws actually adds a lot more steps than just tapping reed plates. Screws require clearance holes in the rivet pad that which complicates centering reeds. You would need a huge market to justify creating the kind of machines that could automate that process. It is unlikely to happen given that high end harmonicas are a small slice of the market.
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Date: Sun, 30 Oct 2016 11:41:10 -0400
From: Ronnie Schreiber <autothreads at xxxxx>
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Subject: [Harp-L] Why do they still rivet reeds?
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I know that the harmonica industry is very traditional and a bit
resistant to change but I'm surprised that someone hasn't started making
higher end reedplates that use screws to fasten the reeds, not rivets,
particularly since some companies, like Seydel, already sell kits for
switching from rivets to screws. Sure, riveting has maybe one step less,
you don't have to tap threads in the hole in the reedplate, but that all
would be done in a mechanized, automated process.
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