[Harp-L] Ace

Michael Rubin michaelrubinharmonica@xxxxx
Wed Jul 19 00:03:17 EDT 2017

I spoke to Hohner today.  They made a mistake, they don't have the wood
elements.  They will have them by SPAH.

On Tue, Jul 18, 2017 at 10:31 PM, Tom Stryker <tstryker1 at xxxxx> wrote:

> I too own an ACE with both Wood & Brass Elements "plugs."  I am also the
> one who demonstrated the ACE at SPAH.  IMO, altering the tone means
> anything you do to change it.  Dampening or accentuating the highs or lows
> can therefore be called altering the "tone."
> By inserting Wood Elements in the ACE, the tone is altered and the highs
> are lessened.  On my ACE, I use Brass Elements on the lower octave to
> brighten it and Wood Elements on the upper octave to lessen the
> brightness.  Works pretty well.
> The ACE is not a "gimmick" nor should one dismiss buying one.  It has many
> refined features other than the changeable Elements.  It is a fine
> professional harmonica that is air tight and plays smoothly while having
> other advanced features such as adjustable slide tension with no noise.  Is
> the price too high?  I guess I can't comment because I don't know the
> engineering or manufacturing costs.
> I still agree with Vern that the block materials do not affect the basis
> sound quality of  a harmonica, but I do know that the highs and lows can be
> equalized making the sound more pleasant or accentuated.   Hohner has
> accomplished this in the ACE by using their Elements, either Wood or Brass.
> The Wood Elements are in stock at KHS/Hohner.  This was verified today.
> For those who don't know, the ACE comes with Brass Elements.
> I will have an ACE with me at SPAH if anyone wants to check it out.
> Stryker
>  "The notion that plugs of various materials inserted into the comb of a
> harmonica can affect the tone is laughable.
> > Making the claim is false advertising.
> > Charging an outrageous price for this gimmick is customer abuse.
> > Save yourself time and money by dismissing the ACE from serious
> consideration.
> >
> > I have written a 7-page essay on ?THE CASE AGAINST THE MATERIALS EFFECT?
> > I have submitted it for publication in Harmonica Happenings but it has
> not yet been accepted or rejected.
> >
> > If you wish to read it, I?ll email a copy to you.
> >
> > As you can see, I have mixed feelings on the subject.  ;o)
> >
> > Vern"

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