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Best screws for Marine Bands

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Jan 26, 2009 11:14 AM GMT
I have been convinced of the benefit of using screws in the assembly of my Marine Bands that I customise myself. So what I have been doing is recycling the screws, nuts and bolts off my old Lee Oskars to do this.
However this is obviously a finite source. After a bit of research it seems that M2X10mm and nuts are the way to go. So my questions are:

1. Will these do the cover plates and the reed plates?
2. Where is the best place to buy them from in bulk approx 100 (I'm in the UK)?
3. Is there a better option than M2 screws and nuts?

Thank you for any help you can offer.


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Jan 26, 2009 11:29 AM GMT
Elk River Replied:

The answer to No. 3 is.... nails! Other than that, if you are using a screw and nut, you need a lock washer. Otherwise, the nuts will loosen over time. It's hard to get LOCK washers for a screw that small, but you can get regular washers and take a pair of wire cutters and cut the washer and then bend it slightly to make your own lock washer.

Jan 26, 2009 11:49 AM GMT
Kingley Replied:

Mr Payne, I knew you would say nails! LOL

Jan 26, 2009 12:06 PM GMT
Shawn R Replied:

I have been drilling the holes with a 1/16" bit and installing 0-80 x 1/2" hardware. 3 screws along the back of the reedplate (they are long enough to support the covers also) and 2 screws on the front of the covers (I cut off the excess thread from the cover screws with a dremel). I install the rear screws so that the middle one supports the bottom cover and I fold the back edge of the covers like you see on the Deluxe model. I also install the cover screws so that the nut is on top (it seems to hit my bottom lip otherwise).

Jan 26, 2009 12:16 PM GMT
Kingley Replied:

Thanks for the info Shawn.
Screws that support the cover plates are a good idea.

Jan 26, 2009 2:51 PM GMT
Elk River Replied:

You know I had to say nails. I'm not a big fan of threading the opposite reedplate, I like nuts much better. Just if you use them, the lock washer is very important. It just won't stay tight otherwise.

Jan 26, 2009 11:01 PM GMT
Sjoeberg D Replied:

Hi Kingley

Try here to find your scrws and washers and so on.

Sjoeberg D

Jan 27, 2009 12:39 AM GMT
Oldwailer Replied:

I get screws, nuts and washers at a local hardware store--I use a kind that is stainless steel. I cut them to size with a wire cutter, then dress out the jagged end with a small file. . .

Feb 01, 2009 5:57 PM GMT
Elk River Replied:

Oh yes, I forgot to tell you about this newfangled screw for marine Bands. It's awesome. It can not be overtorqued, which by the way, overtorquing is a big cause of leaky harps. Will hold very well when properly done, although it does leak if improperly done.
Weird thing about this screw is, you don't turn it. You just either push them in or drive them in with hammers.

;) for real, your best bet is an aught 80 screw. You will hardly find in a hardware store... I order mine from Graingers or however it's spelled. Jason has spoken many times of Micro Mark online as his source for screws.

Feb 01, 2009 6:34 PM GMT
Kingley Replied:

LOL! Nails rule!

Thanks for the heads up on the screws Mr Payne.

Feb 01, 2009 7:28 PM GMT
Brady Mills Replied:

Feb 01, 2009 7:36 PM GMT
Kingley Replied:

Thanks Brady!

Feb 01, 2009 10:25 PM GMT
Joe Replied:

I buy my hardware from and, but both are in the USA. Have also bought these parts from my friend Michael at

Feb 02, 2009 5:49 AM GMT
Kingley Replied:

Thanks Joe! :)

Feb 05, 2009 3:29 PM GMT
joe k Replied:

Based on the title, I thought this thread was going to be about something else...


Feb 05, 2009 10:40 PM GMT
Elk River Replied:

I like how you think, Joe.

The sayinghere is"it takes a dirty mind to print a clean newspaper."

I like to think we print a clean paper here.

Feb 07, 2009 1:09 AM GMT
Randy S Replied:

I get mine from I have shopped around a lot and they are the cheapest I have found. I just bought 150, 2mm x 12mm screws and nuts for $40. I use longer screws so as to double for cover braces.

Feb 08, 2009 9:05 PM GMT
Elk River Replied:

A friend (he knows who he is and can say if he wants) sent me a few nails one time and included in a note: "You know, they used to crucify people with these."

I about died laughing. Still laughing about it months later. Also been trying to figure out how you'd crucify folks with harmonica nails, but, I suppose, the Romans were very creative executioners.

Feb 08, 2009 11:02 PM GMT
DutchBones Replied:

"Also been trying to figure out how you'd crucify folks with harmonica nails"
They used to slam them through your nails (hands & feet)... that's why they are called "nails" in the first place...
(sorry, I had to nail this one....)

Feb 08, 2009 11:06 PM GMT
DutchBones Replied:

ps every time I read the title of this thread I think it's about musicians in the navy..
guess that's the problem with not being a native (English) speaker...

Feb 09, 2009 1:49 AM GMT
Elk River Replied:

I think Marine Band literally translated in German is "Navy Volume"

Feb 09, 2009 6:32 AM GMT
Randy S Replied:

Hey Dave, The Romans were creative. I believe they invented the nail set.

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