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Gapping Reeds

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Dai
Sep 21, 2009 10:24 AM GMT

Not long ago I bought a blues session in A and drawing on the two holes was like my impression of a leaking tyre. It was that bad. Now I lowered the gaps on the the draw reeds but it made little difference, so last night I had a play with the 2 blow reed and lowered it and boy what a difference it has made to the 2 draw and 2 draw bend ( sweet very sweet) also did this to the three blow reed and it to improved the three draw but, it is now much harder to blow on those two reeds is there any way to get the two and three blow to be more responsive with out loosing the responsiveness of the two and three draw reeds.

Any advice would be appreciated.

Thanks
Dai


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Sep 21, 2009 1:26 PM GMT
Barbeque Bob M Replied:

Whenever you regap reeds, often times you need to do both because the reeds work together as a pair, and so they should always be treated as a pair when gapping.


Sep 21, 2009 2:09 PM GMT
Dai Replied:

Trouble is most of us don't have much of a clue on this stuff and then you need a few tools to do it properly. In my case it's a bit or miss using a very small screwdriver to coax the reed gap smaller on the blow reeds also did this with the draw reeds a while back. Personally, I wish Sedel would have a gapping option for 10 bucks as they do the tuning option, there again off I go wishful thinking on my part.


Sep 21, 2009 2:21 PM GMT
Barbeque Bob M Replied:

You also have to bear in mind that there is no one size fits all and for OB players, the standard setting out of the factory with the majority of stock harps is toolow to make them work properly. If gapped too low, someone who plays hard all the time will make it choke with the primary reason is that they oftenhave failed to learn proper breath control and thelower gap setting is gonna be much more sensitive to that. The higher setting works better for those who use too much breath force, but it makes it impossible to do OB's properly. What does this mean? There's ALWAYS gonna be a tradeoff, and unless one spends the money on a custom harp, you gotta learn how to do it yourself, and eeven with all materials available on it, it's still trial and error, and it becomes even more important for the player to TRULY understand their own playing and playing needs and too many players often don't really have a clue. For the OB setup, customizers often charge more for that because the arcing and gapping involved takes much more work to make everything work right. With gapping, NEVER be in a rush and renmember, again, reeds work as a pair.



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