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Bad tasting harmonica

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tex r
Jan 01, 2010 2:56 PM GMT

I have all kinds of harmonicas plastic and wood but recently I purchased a Hering tremolo with lower notes on it for a different effect. The harp has a really bad taste. Is it the Brazilian wood or something they put in it for sealing? Any ideas? Can it be cleaned with anything?..tex r

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Jan 01, 2010 7:29 PM GMT
walterharp Replied:

hering 1923's have a strage taste like that and it goes away with time, store it open

Jan 02, 2010 6:10 AM GMT
Sioux S.Seydal Replied:

as walterharp says.i alsoused rubbing alcohol on the plates , but carefully...

Jan 07, 2010 3:26 AM GMT
Ricardo Replied:

Manji has a 'honey' like taste or is it just me?

Jan 08, 2010 6:52 AM GMT
Boris Plotnikov Replied:

Try to put active carbon to the harp box. Or just don't put your harp to its box. Cleaning with alcohol may help but be careful, wooden comb may swell.

BTW I hate taste of metall combs like Promaster and Maisterklasse.

Jan 10, 2010 2:20 AM GMT
Elizabeth S Replied:

oooh...I just came back today after some time away and posted about this under a chromatic thread. Strange timing.

I bought a Hering Antique Gold 64 (16 hole chromatic) a couple of years ago with the same problem. Brand new.After much going round and roundwith some of the expert chrom players on Slidemeister who gave me lots of tips on how to get rid of the smell andhorrible taste, I finally left it out of the casein a big high-ceilinged room with the windows open - for about 3months or so....airing it out.The odours/taste finallydissipated enough - then I cleaned it down viamy usual partly OCDmethods and it was fine.The consensus was that it wasmost likely insecticide sprayed around the crates the harmonicas were shipped in from South America to the states (in the holds of ships?)

Otherearlier suggestions were to bury it (wrapped though) in: baking soda, kitty litter, etc. But unless the cloth you wrapped it in was entirely impermeable, the powder could get into the reeds (remember mine is a chromatic) and even damage the windsavers. Vinegar is another way to remove bad odours and tastes, but yours is a tremelo -even vinegar could swell the comb. You could dismantle the whole thing and run all the non-wood parts through an ultrasonic cleaner,and then try to remove the odour from the wood comb (if that's the actual source of thebad taste)...I bet it does smell bad too, right? ...but at least at that stage you then could bury thecomb in a fine powder such as baking soda for afew days (in a big enoughair-tight container). See if it helps. Good luck to you...I found mine a very vexing problem at the time.

Jan 21, 2010 4:46 PM GMT
BluEyes Replied:

its not the bad taste in my harmonica its the bad sound that comes out of my harmonica.

I have several brands of harps just like you guys and the only one that has a taste is my Seydel Blues session. The sound is fantastic the weight is nice. The taste im not to keen on. It is also the only one i have that came in a card board box as opposed to plastic or a cloth bag like the Turbo harp.. I have not in any way tried to clean it with anything other then the normal alcohol and water. Just maybe I should use aged alcohol or maybe some good cognac. Thats before I play to get the taste of the Seydel from my month.

abner ( BluEyes, 20 year old Cognac )

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