Posted by Stan Besaw on February 13, 2002 at 00:57:45:
In Reply to: 7th blow reed always going flat in low tuning DL,EL, FL and G posted by OEUVRAY Pierre on February 12, 2002 at 01:12:44:
Read the breathing and tips section on this site. The angle of your air flow should be parallel to the reeds. Changing the angle causes "intentional or unintentional" bending. This constant stress on the reeds causes them to go flat from fatique. Sometimes the reed can be tuned up and sometimes not. It depends how much the reed has been played and/or abused. Usually after 2 months or more, if you go in and mess around with the reed, it just gets worse. Pickup one of the Lee Oskar repair kits from the store at that site. The tools work with any harmonica and the instruction book that comes with it is very good.
: 1) many of my harps are going flat quickly at this point of 7th hole blow in the low tuning. Why ???
: the kind of music i play is done on a "dirty" style
: without trying to bend any note.
: i hold two harps in the hand E/A or F/Bb, the A and Bb
: never spoil. The E breack easily. (I spoiled already 5 harps) ... i dont think this come from the angle of blowing inside the slot.
: 2) i'll like to have information regarding the reeds.
: is it comparable to a guitare string ?
: 3) can i customize it and ask a stronger reed at this
: place on the low tuned harps ?
: thanks a lot for your comments
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