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BluEyesApr 10, 2009 10:32 PM GMT
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Tryunscrewingthe TOP screw while holding your thumb tightly over the head of the bottomscrew. The bottom is athreadedhollow post that the top screw goes into, so if you turn the bottom "screw" everything is more likely to turn. If you unscrew the TOP screw you can usually keep thebottomfrom turning with pressurefroma finger or thumb.
John P, thank you. Your advice help. I did open it up but I found nothing visible. I moved them (ever sogingerly) put it all back and I still have the same problem........
Im looking at the window orchocolatecake......I jump or I eat.....
still have the same problem, its too late too call suzuki. what a F'en let down.......
i don'treallyunderstandthe nature of the problem. but I have some suggestionsanyway: Occasionally, I've had toadjustthe reed gaps on a new Suzuki. Adam Gussow has a video on how to do this. It's not difficult. Suzuki customer service is TERRIFIC. Call Os Leguisimo at Suzuki and if there's a problem he will take care of it. The Suzuki customer service number is on the Coast to Coast Music web site.
I've got 3 sets of Suzuki diatonics (myperformingset of 13 Hammonds, a spare set of 10 Firebreaths I also carry, and a set of 10 Promasters I keep around the house). The Hammonds and Firebreaths are by far the best and most durable harps I've ever played. The Promasters are great, too, but to my ear, their tone is alittletoo bright compared to the others. Twice I've hadproblemswith reeds (but not on the high end) that I could not fix with re-gapping and Os took care of the problem each time, no questions, no proof of purchase, no hassle, no delay. He can be alittlehardto reach, but hewillreturn your call and handle the problem to your satisfaction.
Promasters (and Hammonds) have a shorter fatter reed profile than the Firebreath, Hohners and Lee Oskars. Don't know if this is contributing to your problem, or if it might be yourbreathtechnique. Higher draw reedsrequirea SOFTER attack to play properly.
have you loosened the reed plate screws? maybe taken the plates off and looked for a hair or tiny metal shaving that would get in the way of the reeds in their slots? or at least, with a very small thin strip of metal ( i use the strips found in the magnetic security devices found on cds when you buy one at barnes and noble or other chain merchandise stores. just slit the little plastic cover open and there are like 3 or 4 of these little very thin strops inside).
if you run a small strip around in between the reed and it's slot, you may find a burr or dislodge a piece of lint etc that is in the way of the reed.
maybe your best course of action would be to find our whos services suzukis in the usa and just send that harp to them.
Jawbone K and John P thank you,
Last night I was able to take it all apart .
I looked at the comb saw nothing.
looked at the reeds thru a light I saw nothing ( yes, I was also hoping to find something )
They had free movements.
and its only thru the draw notes the blow is good.
since the Suzuki were new I used very soft breath. the thing is that when I draw on them ( 7 & 8 ) it seems like it gets stuck and then its fine then its bad again......
I will take it apart again and use some or your sugestion....
I will call Suzuki on Monday (so, far away ) and try and get Oz on the phone. Its my only "D" hard and im gettingcomfortable on open mic nits.....
In youroriginalpost, you said the 8 & 9 draw were "squealing." But, if they are "sticking" open the gap SLIGHTLY with a piece of paper or a feeler gauge and that should solve the problem.
i have sometimes had to open some of the reed gaps a little on the high end of my Suzukis. It's really easy to do even for me and i don't work on my harps at all. Watch Gussow's video on this and you will learn what to do. I used to use a piece of paper, then i bought a feelergaugefrom Dave Payne and now i use that. You only need to open the gap a LITTLE BIT. And make sure you'reworkingon the DRAW reed.
Im putting my self out and making a fool of my self here. But if a newbie reads this and help then a little wont matter.
the individual draw reed do I place the paper under the plat. In other words when one draw on the reed does it go up into the comb ( in think so, not sure ).
I want to make sure before I start going the wrong way.
hope this madesome kindof since.,
The draw reeds are on the BOTTOM of the harmonica. You don't need to unscrew the reed plate toadjustthe gap on DRAW reeds. Just slip the paper all the way under the reed you want to adjust and raise it SLIGHTLY away from he reed plate. I'm no expert at this but that's what i do and it seems to work. Do it GENTLY and only a little bit. you don't need/want to open the gap very much. Then put the cover plates back on and try playing it. If you get no sound, you'veopenedthe gap too far, so be careful and only open it a little at a time. If it works, then do the other reed that's sticking.
disclaimer first - I'm hardly in the answering technical questions stage of my harp playing life cycle
but just a thought if tinkering isn't helping any
I sometimes get some squealing on the higher draw notes for non-mechanical reasons and find dropping my jaw a little while playing will sort out the problem
don't know if higher keys or different brands are more susceptible to squealing (haven't found any suzukis in my neck of the woods)
anyways good luck with your playing
RockFury im not sure if all the tinkering helped are lowering my jaw and opening up helped... im still practicing and notice very lettle problems..
Thanks toeveryonewho throw intheirknowledge....