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Suzuki harps - beard rippers!

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Scott M
Jan 26, 2009 12:33 AM GMT
I love my Suzuki Bluesmaster harps, except for one problem, the coverplate gap is just enough to grab whiskers and rip 'em out of my face...esp. when tounge blocking. Always on the right side, by the 7 hole. Anyone else have a problem with this or found a solution (other than shaving...I've consideres that)?


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Jan 26, 2009 1:21 AM GMT
jawbone s Replied:

Can't say I've had that. The worst is Lee Oskar. But I have noticed that there is a slight curve to the Bluesmaster. It seems if you can force the plate all the way forward, it closes up nicely. I like the design of the cover plate, but I'm having trouble getting used to them. My lip always wants me to be one hole to the left.


Jan 26, 2009 3:22 AM GMT
Brutus Maximus Replied:

Hmmmm... I've been using a beat-up old Bluesmaster for years, and it's almost never done that. I agree with jawbone--perhaps the cover plates are bowed or bent so they catch the hairs.

The absolute worst hair ripper I ever played was a Hohner Big River. (It was also about the worst harp I've ever played, but that's beside the point.)


Jan 26, 2009 7:40 PM GMT
Duane C. Replied:

I've got a Pro Master and a Delta Frost, both were occasionally pulling. I've simply been using my beard trimmer to shorten the length of my mustache and keep the very corners shaved close, that seems to be working. It only happens once in awhile, still hurts like the dickens though!


Jan 28, 2009 8:19 PM GMT
deshiblue Replied:

ive used scotch tape to seal the opening just a sliver will do!


Jan 29, 2009 10:47 AM GMT
Jawbone K Replied:

lee oskar can do that too, but usually for me it's on the left end. probably we hold/cup a little differently. marine band or some other brands have also given me this annoying problem too. the main thing i do is keep my stache trimmed pretty short!

i've considered filling in the corners of the cover plates on the offending harps with maybe jb weld or something, but as long as i keep my trimmer handy things seem to work out ok.



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