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Junior Wright
Jan 28, 2009 5:27 PM GMT
I like to open up the back of covers on my Special 20's, which look great right after you do it, but eventually the cover gets squeezed down and you lose the nice wide opening.

I've seen some people put a bold through the comb to support the covers.

Has anyone found a great solution to this?

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Jan 29, 2009 1:24 AM GMT
Joe Replied:

Leave the plastic supports on the comb.....?

Jan 29, 2009 1:39 AM GMT
Oldwailer Replied:

What you been doin' to them harps, Junior? ;)
I open most of mine up the first time I open them--but I'ver never had one get that squeezed. . .

Jan 29, 2009 8:06 PM GMT
AirMojo (Ken H) Replied:

I've had the covers on my Seydel 1847's get a bit squashed, usually from carrying it around in my pocket (usually slipped into one of the leather pouches that came with one of my Seydel Blues Sessions).

I use an old toothbrush plastic handle, just big enough to slip underneath the cover and gently pry it back into shape... if you can find a toothbrush handle that is slender... these days the handles are about as fat as snow brush handles!

I have thought about putting a screw in there for a support, but I haven't.

On a side note.. I wish the 1847's came with the leather pouch instead of the fancy cardboard box.

Jan 30, 2009 12:36 AM GMT
Junior Wright Replied:

It's from carrying them in my pockets. But even just playing them tends to flatten and mis-shape them some. I'm going to load a picture of "Junior Mod. Ver. 1". Hold on.........

Jan 30, 2009 12:55 AM GMT
Junior Wright Replied:

Click on my profile and view my pictures to see a picture of the modification I did to deal with this. I bought a tapered pin at the hardware store, cut it to 0.830", broke the plastic tabs and ground a flat spot in their place, drilled a 0.125" hole and pushed the pin in and re-assembled. I'll have to see how it works out.

Jan 30, 2009 1:34 AM GMT
AirMojo (Ken H) Replied:

Junior... so why break off the plastic tab supports ? They weren't good enuff ?

For a harp like the 1847 that does not have supports, I've thought about making a support out of aluminum or brass (various sizes available at hardware stores) that would just clip onto the comb and under the cover plates.

If I didn't have to plow and blow so much snow, I might actually make some progress.

Jan 30, 2009 2:02 AM GMT
Joe Replied:

The Junior Mod looks great Junior!

Jan 30, 2009 2:22 AM GMT
Junior Wright Replied:

The tabs don't stick up high enough once the covers are opened up.

We got 10" of snow up here in Maine last night. The plow truck went by and shoved a pile 4 feet deep into the end of my driveway. I'm just happy he didn't snap my mailbox off its pole. Sounds like the makin's of a Blues tune.

Jan 30, 2009 1:51 PM GMT
AirMojo (Ken H) Replied:

Too short... not long enuff ?

I've heard that before !

Jan 30, 2009 2:38 PM GMT
Junior Wright Replied:


Feb 01, 2009 9:07 AM GMT
Sioux S.Seydal Replied:

After I repeatedly bend/crushed my original lids (No way I could ever return them to their original shape!) I tried out some other much stabler lids from a different model(same make though) which happened to fit my harps!!
I guess I was much too lazy to just think about putting bolts through the harp comb...

Feb 28, 2009 4:54 AM GMT
Colby S Replied:

I actually have a harp that is the one usually in my pocket. It is just about bullet proof. I use one of the little Seydel pouches and I love those. You can order them seperately. The harp is a Suzuki Harpmaster. The covers are thick stainless, I believe. I would like to see if I can retrofit them onto a wood body harp at some point. Best of both worlds I think. But you know, they have a pretty closed back and I don't know how well they would hold up if you opened them up. I also have some Marine Band covers on a Special 20. Those covers are wide open and the little plastic strut is in the perfect place to make the covers very strong. But alas, no wood. I guess my point is to try everything that you can think of then let us all know.

Feb 28, 2009 6:30 PM GMT
Barbeque Bob M Replied:

When you open the back of the covers, the flap needs to facing the underside of the covers flush flat to prevent crushing, much like with the MB covers.

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