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Big Road Blues Discussion Forums 2011-03-29T00:00:17+00:00 2011-03-29T00:00:17+00:00 <![CDATA[Re: dunk in water?]]>

Statistics: Posted by jeffl — Tue Mar 29, 2011 12:00 am

2011-03-25T00:40:00+00:00 <![CDATA[Re: dunk in water?]]> Maybe I'll try that in the morning.

Statistics: Posted by stumblin — Fri Mar 25, 2011 12:40 am

2011-03-23T21:01:09+00:00 <![CDATA[Re: dunk in water?]]> Statistics: Posted by jeffl — Wed Mar 23, 2011 9:01 pm

2011-03-23T19:19:03+00:00 <![CDATA[Re: dunk in water?]]>
BEEN there. Probably why I buy strings in bulk now!

Statistics: Posted by allanlummox — Wed Mar 23, 2011 7:19 pm

2011-03-23T17:55:18+00:00 <![CDATA[Re: dunk in water?]]> Statistics: Posted by watertore — Wed Mar 23, 2011 5:55 pm

2011-03-21T13:18:31+00:00 <![CDATA[Re: dunk in water?]]> My guess is that soaking harps started with guys who played alotta 1st position straight harp and didn't put as much stress on 'em as "crossharp" players who used multiple bends and occasionally overblows.

Statistics: Posted by jeffl — Mon Mar 21, 2011 1:18 pm

2011-03-21T03:23:50+00:00 <![CDATA[Re: dunk in water?]]> i have not soaked a harp for decades, and back then i used marine bands.

i DO rinse a plastic comb harp GENTLY occasionally to keep the reed clear of dry saliva and other foreign stuff. there is no other benefit to putting water and harp together imho. for wood comb harps and for more in depth cleaning i take the harp apart, and using a lint free cloth and 91% alcohol, i do the reed plates a reed at a time, and use a thing strip of metal to clear out the slots and under where the reed is mounted to the comb. note: the buildup of saliva esp with a "wet" player can change the pitch of a reed to the point where it is very noticeably flat. before doing anything drastic to a flatting reed, i do a good cleanup first and play the harp afterward to see if it was just the crud factor.

to get a louder and more toneful harp, there are some choices. 1) get a harp customized- usually marine band is one that many customizers will make the best it can be. others work on different models as well. 2) suzuki, hohner, seydel, and harrison all make very well received upper shelf models. cost and availability vary. 3) one can conceivably learn to on one's own harps. personally, past a little gapping or filing a flatting out reed i don't do anything but play them.
i like the suzuki manji quite a lot. i have a harrison b radical on the way to me also. have yet to try a new hohner deluxe or crossover or a high end seydel.

so i9n the very short run soaking can make a wood comb harp sound better, but to me the bad effects- usually resulting in buying a new harp- outweigh any positives to soaking.

one man's opinion. based on a lot of mistakes made over nearly 4 decades of messing with tin sandwiches!!!

Statistics: Posted by jbone1 — Mon Mar 21, 2011 3:23 am

2011-03-20T14:34:22+00:00 <![CDATA[dunk in water?]]> Statistics: Posted by rumsower — Sun Mar 20, 2011 2:34 pm