[Harp-L] Overheating/Untempering Reeds

Dennis Michael Montgomery gaulay2@xxxxx
Tue Sep 12 22:05:43 EDT 2017

That is very interesting. I also have a Lucky 13 in Low G and my number one blow doesn't work at all either. Usually with me its the draw that goes bad.

    On Tuesday, September 12, 2017 4:43 PM, Bob Marsolais <bob at xxxxx> wrote:

 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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