GM reed plate design

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Posted by Jezzmund on July 11, 2001 at 17:27:41:

In Reply to: Re: No Sound, Now I need Help? - Golden Melody design flaw? posted by Blues Lover on July 11, 2001 at 15:58:04:

I believe the reason the reedplates on the Golden Melody (and several other Hohner harps, not including the SP 20) is to allow the reeds to be placed nearer the hole, supposedly to make bending and other effects easier. I don't know for sure that it works, but I have better luck bending my GM than any other harp.
For some reason the protruding reedplates don't bother me at all. I know others find them intolerable. You've got the harp now so I'd do my best to dig it the way it is. It's a great harp if you give it a chance.

: I'm glad you mentioned this, because it brings to mind a question. I did finally go out and buy that Golden Melody. It sounds very sweet, and I love it very much. I have noticed that it seems to take slightly more effort to play than the LO, i.e. I have to blow harder for the same volume.

: But the really strange thing about it is that the reed plates stick out past the front of the comb, along the front edge of the harp. This seems to make it a little more difficult to make a good seal against the harp with my lips. Did I just get a defective harp? Or are they all this way? It seems like a design flaw to me, if so. What's up with that?

: : Even worse the reed plates stick out the front of the harp.

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