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Chromatic Harmonica Repair

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Peter H
Feb 25, 2009 10:59 AM GMT

I have a chrometta 12 that was my grandfathers. I'd like to have it fived up to 'like new.' Currently it has the following problems:

1) Rust

2) Missing some valeves

3) Missing one of the coverplate screws

4) Reeds need adjusting and a few reeds are way out of tune

5) The comb is crumbling near the supports of the coverplates.

Who does chromatic harp repair, and how much should I pay? I'd like to turn the heirloom into a playable harp, but if it costs too much I'll just buy a new chromatic to play on, and save the hairloom to just look at.


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Feb 26, 2009 6:45 AM GMT
BlueMoose Replied:

I'm thinking the comb issue will decide it. I'm not an expert but I'd leave it as a valuable piece of the memory chest and a tribute to your grandfather and get a new chrom to go forward with.

moose.


Feb 26, 2009 3:39 PM GMT
Bulldog B Replied:

I've never used them, but I've heard that Hohner has an excellent repair department. It sounds like your harmonica may be beyond repair though. Problems 2,3, & 4 could be easily fixed by an experienced technician, but if the rust is very bad you won't be able to get all the pitting out of the metal, and the comb problem sounds like a deal breaker. Even if you could get it repaired you'd still have a Chrometta, which is an entry-level chromatic. You'd be better off putting the money towards a better quality chromatic. I know how you feel though - I spend $150 to restore a $50 clock that belonged to my mother.


Mar 10, 2009 11:41 AM GMT
Elk River Replied:

I've yet to see a wood comb I could not fix. Plastic is another story. Think superglue.


Mar 12, 2009 4:34 AM GMT
Fred K Replied:

I have fixed some of my own chromatics, but, honestly, I would not work on that one if I owned it! Chromettas are fairly low end chromatics to begin with, so if you want a chromatic to play you can get a nice Seydel, Hering or Suzuki for much ess than the repair job would cost. Keep it to remember your grandfather, but get yourself a new chromatic to play.



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