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Tombo Aero Reed

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Adam P
Nov 24, 2009 11:26 PM GMT

I recently bought myself a Tombo Aero Reed and was wondering if anyone else has any experience of these harps? I've never been a fan of Lee Oskars but I have a few Tombo Folk Blues harps and quite like them as a relatively low cost practice harp so I thought I'd give the Aero Reed ago.

It's a great looking harp with a solid metal combo and has some really nice touches like covers that are wide open at the back. In fact I liked everything about it until I started to play! It leaked air worse than my Grandad's lungs before he died! When I took the harp apart you could have driven a car through the gaps between reed and plate! OK I exaggerate but what a disappointment. Tombo have got everything bar the most important thing right!

I've re-gapped the reeds and it's improved things but hasn't had the effect I would have expected. My harp is in key of A and you can buy replacement reed plates for it. It could be I just got a dud but I'm not sure I'm willing to risk another £40.00 (around $65) finding out?

Anyone else tried these out? I'm not sure if they're available in the US.

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Dec 02, 2009 4:17 PM GMT
Boris Plotnikov Replied:

I hate metall combos, as they are acid when tongue block. Anyway, do you try to overblow them? I love response, mouthpiece shape and feel of Lee oskar (especially when embossed and regapped) but I hate to overblow them (they squeeze and need a lot of wax or turbotape!). I think aero reed have the same reeds, am I right?

Dec 03, 2009 8:43 PM GMT
Adam P Replied:

You could be right Boris. The plates are different but the reeds themselves may be the same. I know what you mean about 'acid when tongue blocking', however I have a Suzuki Hammond which has a black anodised metal comb and I don't get that problem. Have you tried these? They're a pretty good harp and great for overblows/draws out of the box (and with a little tweaking)!

Dec 03, 2009 9:07 PM GMT
Boris Plotnikov Replied:

Never tried Suzuki Hammond, but it seems that hammond have the same reedplates as Pro Master which are not overblow-friendly. By the way Promaster comb has very acid taste, boes it really hammond comb different?

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