Posted by Bill Phelb on July 23, 2002 at 03:31:06:
In Reply to: Re: Tuning won't fixed blown reeds posted by Cinciti on July 22, 2002 at 13:19:55:
I'm glad that helped, I've repaired many a harmonica over the years. I'm doing less and less of the tuning and tweaking these days because the price of new ones through this site makes it possible. I took advantage of the last Special 20 sale for $12.99 a piece and bought a couple hundred dollars worth. I rather spend my time playing them than taking them apart. It's a good thing.
: Bill, you know your stuff. I forgot to mention in my first post that after I tuned the harmonica and blew it out again, there was a crack about halfway down the reed. Only this one was very visible. It was probably hairline before I tuned it. Thanks Bill!
: : You didn't do anything wrong because tuning won't fixed blown reeds. Tuning reeds only works well when the harmonica is new (or near-new) and the tuning is off for your ear or you are creating a special tuning. If a reed goes way flat on you, it's blown with a hairline crack in it (which usually is not visible) and you need to replace the reed, reed plate, or the harmonica.
: : Bill
: : : The other day I blew out the 4 draw on my A Harp. So I got out my Lee Oskar Tool Kit to try to tune it. This is the first time I've ever tried to tune a harmonica. Little by little, I chiseled away at the end of the reed until it was in tune. However, when I put it back together I bent the note a couple of times. Each time I could hear it go more and more out of tune until it was as flat as when I started. Does anyone know what I did wrong? Is this common?
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