[Harp-L] The Saxony Spring (Seydel Service Technician)

Emily Keene esalisburykeene@xxxxx
Fri Sep 29 12:18:48 EDT 2017

Date: Thu, 28 Sep 2017 09:49:12 -0500
From: Greg Jones <greg at xxxxx>
To: Harp-L <harp-l at xxxxx>
Subject: [Harp-L] The Saxony Spring (Seydel Service Technician)
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I'm unsure why this topic seems to continue.

The original Saxony springs where thinner and hence, the slide action was
easier when the player pushed in, but the return was not as strong.  The
springs were occasionally prone to breaking.

For any experienced chromatic player, this was minor as they knew that
regular maintenance was part of playing chromatic and replacement of the
spring could be accomplished within minutes during routine maintenance.

However, Seydel developed a slightly thicker spring that is somewhat
stronger and less prone to breaking.  The spring provides slightly more
tension and since there are a large percentage of chromatic players out
there who don't regularly maintain there chromatic, it was in the best
interest of Seydel to use the slightly stronger spring.   Far more than 7/8
ths of the chromatic players out there don't notice the difference between

Don't be fooled on this topic or the post or the player initiating it.  If
it wasn't the spring, it would be the pozi screws that hold the plates in
place.  If it wasn't those screws, it would be the cardboard box that the
Saxony is shipped in and if it wasn't the box, it would be the fuzz
inside.  Of course, if it wasn't the fuzz, it would be the valve material
or the air tightness or the tuning.  If not, it would be the different
sound of the reed in hole #2 and lets NOT forget the concave design of the

*Greg Jones*
*S?eydel Service Technician?*

I recently had to replace the spring on my Seydel Deluxe and sent away to
the always great Rockin' Ron for a Saxony spring. I'm always glad when I
take something apart, put it back together, and then have it work, and if
anything, it works better now. I play Irish, Scottish,  and Canadian music
on it (it's a "D", in circular tuning and I've had it configured so that
the slide note is DOWN) and though it may be my imagination, but I think
the return is faster, or at least more positive. A lot of the "cuts"
(which, as Kevin Burke said, are more an interruption in a note than a
different note) in Trad music need to lightening fast, and sometimes I take
my whole hand and whack the button because it gives a sharper attack than
just my index finger. Anyhoo, this thread has been interesting to me
because the greater tension may be why I think I notice a little bit louder
"click" when using the button. I can live with it, but I'm interested in
what fixes any of you might suggest. Cheers, Emily

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