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hering plates/harp supply

PostPosted: Fri Jan 02, 2009 11:31 pm
by bottleneck
since harphouse went out of business i haven't had a reliable source of parts or harmonicas.i've had repeated bad luck with a store who's name i won't mention because they will be the obvious first choice of many here.i'm sure it was accidental,but i'd rather not order from there again.

so i have a source for bushman/suzuki plates.now i need a source for hering and hohner plates.also does anybody know if there is a seydel plate that fits a hering?

so where do you buy your harp stuff?

Re: hering plates/harp supply

PostPosted: Sat Jan 03, 2009 4:05 pm
by jbone1
i'm a shopping slut. musician 123, GC, musicians friend, c2c, it just depends who's got what when i need something or if i can get a deal on something i'm willing to try or retry. example, i bought a case with 5 LO harps at musicians friend recently after many years of not using them. my case is a hodgepodge of different brands i like. sp20, big river, LO, bushman. my experiment with the hering diatonics has pretty much ended due to the hassle you're talking about. i HAVE to have harps and plates available. the fact that hering seems to have real issues getting stuff into the usa in a timely fashion had really turned me aside from most of their products. not sure what i'll do when i need a reed plate/comb for one of my 5148 chromatics at this point, maybe i'll get lucky. or try another brand of chromatic. this is part of why i use several different brands and styles. it's not a perfect solution, but the choice is either find what i need with a single brand and make that brand work, which means tuning, gapping, and repair (ugh!), or adapt to what's readily available in the market place.

aside from cleaning on a regular basis and swapping plates here and there, i am an out-of-the-box kinda guy and that suits me. the up side is, every harp has features i like and some i don't, and i feel like it builds a well rounded musician to explore the differences.

Re: hering plates/harp supply

PostPosted: Sat Jan 03, 2009 5:46 pm
by barbequebob
Seydel plates will not fit a Hering at all. Harp companies pretty much make sure that the only plates that will fit are theirs and theirs only. I'm sure you're talking about Harp Depot, and they've been heavily criticized for poor communincation, but in many ways, they're really more old school and tend to more likely answer an actual phone call than an email, which in this age, is not smart at all. There's also http://www.harmonicasandstuff.com, but I'd give them a call before doing anything first. Hering does business like the way many other types of Brazillian based businesses tend to do, and timliness isn't a stro ng point.

Re: hering plates/harp supply

PostPosted: Sun Jan 04, 2009 9:43 pm
by bottleneck
i actually had not thought of harp depot.it looks like they have most the stuff i need,i'll give them a try.even if communication is difficult,maybe they won't be as underhanded as another dealer i have used.

a set up i like is hering plates on a marine band comb.if the hering plates came with new screws like MS plates i'd be set!haha

Re: hering plates/harp supply

PostPosted: Thu Jan 08, 2009 9:33 pm
by barbequebob
Sorry, but Hering plates won't fit on a Hohner MS comb either.

Re: hering plates/harp supply

PostPosted: Thu Jan 08, 2009 9:36 pm
by barbequebob
Sorry, but Hering plates won't fit properly on a Hohner MS comb either. Hering reed plates uses Phillips head screws (Phillips#1 screwdrivers) and the Hohner MS series uses Pozidrv (PZ) screws (Pozidriv #1 screwdriver). The screw holes won't line up the same way either.

Re: hering plates/harp supply

PostPosted: Thu Jan 08, 2009 11:53 pm
by bottleneck
oh,i know.i don't use hering plates on MS combs,i use them on marine band combs.like most of us,i have nearly unlimited amounts of old parts marine bands.i like the sound of their cover plates(which fit hering master blues and vintage if you drill a hole)and i also like a pearwood comb from old marine bands,sealed.
an old marine band comb and cover plate combo with brand new hering plates can be a pretty hot harp.

my whole point is that hering does not give you new screws with their reed plates like hohner does.

another harp i like to use is a marine band or pre-MS blues harp with Kay chicago blues cover plates.a pretty funny "sleeper!"

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