[Harp-L] Reed wrench

Winslow Yerxa winslowyerxa@xxxxx
Sun Jun 25 13:50:23 EDT 2017

Reed wrenches are about more than the size of the opening that fits the base of the reed.

If the wrench head is too big to maneuver in the space between reeds, it will be useless.

If the wrench shaft interferes with the motion of the wrench against neighboring reeds, again, it’s a problem.

The best reed wrench I have is one made by Joe Spiers. It’s a metal dowel about 1/4 inch in diameter, cut at an angle of about 30 degrees on one end, with the cleft for the reedbase cut into the angled surface.

Because the diameter around the cleft is small, it moves easily, and because the shaft is angled up away from the surrounding reeds, you have complete freedom of motion in rotating reeds.

By the way, with welded reeds on Suzuki harps, you run the risk of wrenching the reed completely off if you try to move it.
Winslow Yerxa
Producer, the Harmonica Collective
Author, Harmonica For Dummies, Second Edition: ISBN 978-1-118-88076-0
            Harmonica Basics For Dummies, ASIN B005KIYPFS
            Blues Harmonica For Dummies, ISBN 978-1-1182-5269-7
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Instructor, Jazzschool Community Music School
President emeritus, SPAH, the Society for the Preservation and Advancement of the Harmonica

From: "coolblues64 at xxxxx" <coolblues64 at xxxxx>
To: "harp-l at xxxxx" <harp-l at xxxxx> 
Sent: Saturday, June 24, 2017 5:03 AM
Subject: [Harp-L] Reed wrench

Can anyone tell me what size of wrench is needed to adjust the reeds on Hohner, Suzuki and Manji harps?  I was wondering if modelling stores would sell small spanners to do the job, rather than pay what seems to be a lot of bucks for a specialist harp reed wrench.  B

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