[Harp-L] Reed that won’t respond to normal play on a new harmonica

John Thaden jjthaden@xxxxx
Wed Jun 15 14:32:07 EDT 2022

Responding to light but not heavy play can indicate a reed that is gapped too low, in resting position too close to the reed plate. Try increasing the gap slightly.

-John Thaden(ublokr) 

    On Wednesday, June 15, 2022, 09:09:50 AM CDT, harplayer.roger--- via Harp-L <harp-l at xxxxx> wrote:  
 Yes. It plays and sounds good during light play. Plinking the reed gives a nice sound. The reed does appear to be slightly off center but not enough to make a buzzing or rattling sound. I have not examined it with a proper back light yet. I am waiting for a reed wrench to come in the mail before doing anything else. Thanks for responding Roger

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On Wednesday, June 15, 2022, 1:29 AM, Rick Dempster <rickdempster33 at xxxxx> wrote:

Does it play at all? What happens when you pluck the reed?
On Wed, 15 Jun 2022 at 08:42, Roger Rivner via Harp-L <harp-l at xxxxx> wrote:

I am new to the list. 

I bought a new Easttop harmonica and the 6 blow note won’t respond to normal attack but will respond to light attack. It is a diatonic harmonica in the key of A. I tried increasing the gap on the reed and it still won’t respond correctly. Is there anything else I can try to fix this problem? 

By the way Easttop is replacing the harmonica but since they have not asked me to return it I want to see if I can learn to fix it. Thanks 


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