[Harp-L] Saxony spring

Sheltraw macaroni9999@xxxxx
Thu May 4 04:20:06 EDT 2017

I have also noticed that the replacement springs for the Saxony are two stiff. I shortened the short arm of the spring and that helped but not enough. 

Any ideas to make the spring less stiff?

One reason these springs may be breaking frequently is that the Saxony spring doesn't have a nice smooth peg running through its coil center like Hohner harps do. What runs through the center of a Saxony spring coil is a screw with threads along its entire length. 

Maybe the friction of the threads on the inner surface of the spring coil is marking and weakening the spring there. I have noticed that both broken springs have snapped in the coil part of the spring. To reduce the chance of this happening I would like to get a screw for mounting the spring that only has threads at the distal end (for threading into the opposite reed plate) and is otherwise smooth. Any ideas where I might be able to get such a screw?


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> On May 3, 2017, at 10:48 AM, Joseph Leone <3n037 at xxxxx> wrote:
> You may have gotten unlucky BUT this model is relatively new, so time will tell. We have to watch and see how many people have this problem.
> You ‘may’ be able to do something I have been doing since 1956. Replace the spring with a #2 safety pin. That’s the one that is about 1 1/2” long,
> (38mm). The legs, when open will have a departure angle of roughly 45 degrees. You may have to adjust to suit the amount of tension you prefer.
> IOW spread legs and tension goes UP, Squeeze them together and tension goes DOWN. Choose high quality pin, chrome plated, preferably a 
> quilt makers pin.
> smo-joe 
>> On May 3, 2017, at 11:26 AM, Sheltraw <macaroni9999 at xxxxx> wrote:
>> I have had two Saxony springs break within four months of use on two different Saxony chromatics. Is anybody else experiencing poor spring quality or did I just get unlucky?
>> Daniel
>> Sent from my iPhone

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