Re: wood vs. plastic

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Posted by Patrick J. McKenna on July 19, 2002 at 18:55:28:

In Reply to: wood vs. plastic posted by eddie on July 04, 2002 at 12:52:46:

: I have been playing blues harp for about 7 months, but I have also been singing and playing blues and R&B for almost 30 years. So far I favor wooden comb harps. The warm and resonant sound they make just doesn't seem to be there in plastic body harps. One other thought...If plastic is such a good material for musical instruments, why don't they make things like violins and acoustic guitars out of plastic? No offense meant to anyone out there...just expressing my opinion...Please respond & let me know what you think.

Hey Eddie...
With respect to your opinion, I still prefer harmonicas with plastic combs. Plastic combs last longer and are easier on the tip of the tongue. As for the warmth and resonance, I think that those qualities would go unnoticed unless your playing in a studio or perhaps acoustically or at low volume.
About 30 years ago, an electric upright bass was made out of plastic with disastrous results. The heat caused it to melt a bit and emit a foul odor.
No offence was taken. I hope that my opinions don't offend anyone (at least not among my friends and fellow harmonica enthusiasts who check out this site).
Wishing you success in your endeavors,

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