[Harp-L] clogged harp

Ken Karpowicz karpowicz@xxxxx
Sat Feb 8 22:51:40 EST 2020

Thanks for that advice. This week I received my first Lee Oskar Melody Maker. I like it a lot but I also find it clogs more quickly than my other harmonicas. Warm water wash does help.


> On Feb 8, 2020, at 6:02 PM, Steve <moorcot at xxxxx> wrote:
> Dunno whether my input would help, but here goes. 20 years ago Oskars were my go-to harps, but I did find that they were, if anything, fairly tightly gapped, and generally I'd go over the harp and slightly open a gap or three, more to suit my style of playing to avoid choking. I imagine that close gapping could lead to clogging if you are a "wet" player.  Just a thought. Also, with plastic-bodied harps I've always found that giving them a pretty good wash under a stream of warm water, front and back, followed by a vigorous tapping-out and a night outside the box to dry out,  after every session, works wonders for keeping your harps playing nice - and maybe reducing the issue of clogging. Shoot! :-)
> Steve Shaw  
>>>> On February 8, 2020 at 2:28 AM Connie Estep <esteplectricco at xxxxx> wrote:
>>> I play Lee Oskar 10 holw harps and have clogging problems when I play one
>>> harp a long time. I play with several different groups as the only
>>> harmonica player. One group meets twice monthly for 2 -1/2 hours and
>>> everything is in the key of D. I had to buy another D harp to keep playing
>>> the whole time as I was losing notes because of saliva clogging.  By
>>> switching back and forth I can make it through the afternoon.  Any tips on
>>> avoiding this problem?
>>> Connie

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