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Reed TrillerJun 01, 2010 11:19 AM GMT
I have somehow misplaced my favorite harp.My Golden Melody in G.I normally keep them all together.I always wondered how others lost them.Now I understand.They escape!
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I haven't, but i fractured the 5 draw reed on my marine band in a the other night. I only used it for one song, never even noticed I broke it. The next day I pulled it out to play...my favorite harp...voila, busted 5 draw nearly the same pitch as the 5 blow, but dull. Part of the magic of harp is their ability to do these weird things without our knowledge. I've had that one nearly the whole first year and 4 months I've been playing, so i guess all the overblow and bend practice finally did it in.
Well,later on that day after I got a couple hours sleep I happened to recall that one day I took my leather messenger bag to work with a few things in it,including my favorite harp to play on my lunch break.
I ran to my closet and grabbed the bag and dumped it on the bed and there she was! That was one of the happiest sights I have seen in a long time.
Ron,nearly a year and a half,eh? That is a long time considering it sounds like it was one of your "learnin harps".Get it replaced or buy a replacement plate.
The 5 draw has often been the first to go for me, and when that five draw goes there is not much you can do about it because often that little piece of metal is just worn out. I play Marine Bands pretty much out of the box. I play hard and overall they last pretty good, but nothing kills a reed like overblow practice. I haven't had a favorite for years except my 64 Chromatic because at the average gig I wil play between 5 and 10 different harmonicas. If they are all working I'm happy. I love 'em all but there are always some bastards out there like the sticky 2 draw on a d Whenever I get a d Marine band that plays great it is my favorite until I kill it trying to sound like Bobby Keys on Honky Tonk Women or something stupid like that. What are you gonna do?
Yeah..I still have all of them. The only other reed i've flatted is a 4 hole draw on a D suzuki harpmaster. Bad sound and couldn't hear myself at all. Until it went flat that is...lol.
I have two special 20 a harps, so I put my marine band covers on one and now I'm good to go for awhile, until I get some gig bucks to buy a new MB.