[Harp-L] Overheating/Untempering Reeds
Tue Sep 12 19:43:40 EDT 2017
In a beginner at this so thanks for your patience.
I have a G Lucky 13 that has a bad hole 1' blow reed, that is, a G3 reed. I
purchased a replacement reed from Brendan Power. I didn't realize how dull
my drill bit was until I drilled a hole in the reed - it got so hot it
burned the masking tape that was holding it down, something I have not seen
on the videos I've watched. After the reed was installed and proper
clearances verified, it sounded very dull. ( I don't mean flat or sharp, but
no crispness like the other reeds.) In addition, it was much quieter than
the other reeds.
By getting the reed so hot, did I "untemper" it? If so, can I restore the
temper by reheating the reed and quenching it in oil? Or should I just
discard it and get another reed. Thanks for the help!
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