[Harp-L] Steel reeds

Tommy Cate tcate@xxxxx
Wed Jun 6 09:37:33 EDT 2018

Thanks to all - both on-list and off-list - for the good advice. I
appreciate experienced counsel.


On Wed, Jun 6, 2018 at 9:30 AM, Joseph Leone <3N037 at xxxxx> wrote:

> I do the same. Scrapers rely on pressure. You have to apply anywhere from
> inch ounces to foot pounds to get the scraper (which should have a sharp
> edge like a cabinet scraper) to shave the reed.
> Too much pressure is deleterious to the reed. It can bend, warp, or belly
> the metal. Often causing a realignment of the grain. What you want is an
> ‘abrader’. Something that actually scrapes but does
> so in a multiple striking force of infinitesimally small increments.
> Therefore opening up the surface so that further strikes have something to
> work against. I am not what I would consider a technician
> but have 60 some years of working with tools. Mostly gun smithing.
> Conclusion? The Duke of Wail is correct. Btw back up that reed with a shim
> stock. Break a double edged razor blade in half and
> then use both pieces.
> smojo
> > On Jun 6, 2018, at 12:20 AM, Robert Hale <robert at xxxxx> wrote:
> >
> > I use the very lightest touch from a tiny dremel tapered grinding bit.
> >
> > Robert Hale
> > Serious Honkage in Arizona
> > youtube.com/DUKEofWAIL
> > DUKEofWAIL.com
> >
> >
> > On Tue, Jun 5, 2018 at 8:25 AM, Tommy Cate <tcate at xxxxx>
> wrote:
> >
> >> My low tuned Seydel steels are finally to the point that I need to tune
> >> them. My normal reed scratcher won't make a dent in those stainless
> reeds.
> >> Got any suggestions?

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