Posted by Egg on April 17, 2001 at 04:40:12:
In Reply to: I Have A Question(??????) posted by Silophyo on April 09, 2001 at 17:06:16:
You can remove a lot of gunk from your harp when it is dry by using a safety pin or similar to scrape it off from around the front of the comb and in the holes. It is flakey so be careful not to let it fall into the holes where it might block up a reed.
I do this before going to soaking. I have been soaking my Lee Oskar Harps in water for years. I find they are less prone to rusting than Hohner harps, it seems to be a better quality stainless steel on the cover plates and screws. If I get a real stubborn bit of gunk I have had good success removing it by letting the hot tap flow down the hole onto the offending reed.
The secret is to make sure you dry them properly by tapping them on a towell on your leg for a while, playing them and preferably sitting them in the sun for a while too.
After soaking them for an hour or so and and removing gunk I find they play a lot better. I only do it once or twice a year though.
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