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Elk River
May 18, 2009 8:42 PM GMT

OK y'all, I'm getting internet again, signed up for it today, so I ought to be on in the next week or so at home. That means, among other things, I'll be able to post videos again.

So... as far as repair and customizing vids, etc. what do you want to see?

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May 19, 2009 3:12 AM GMT
Joe Replied:

How do you replace screws with nails? har har har

May 19, 2009 5:39 PM GMT
Peter N Replied:

How to set up harmonica for overblows. Apart from that... hm?everything!! :)

May 20, 2009 7:47 AM GMT
Kingley Replied:

Hey Dave, great to hear your back online at Elk River!

I agree with Peter on the set up for overblows.

Also some indepth videos on gapping, arcing (rights and wrongs) and reed replacement would be great.

May 20, 2009 9:15 AM GMT
TC Slim Replied:

Hi Dave,

how to get the sweet spots. Achieving that perfect balance between blow and draw. How setup for the notes to just slide and click into those bends.

many thanks


May 20, 2009 8:27 PM GMT
Zack P Replied:

Anything cool! :)

May 23, 2009 7:34 PM GMT
Raśl M Replied:

Perfect setup with embossing, gapping and arcing. I know how to do all of those things but I don't know if I can only play overblows 2 to 6 'cause I need more technique or the setting in 1 is wrong.

Anything else will be cool too..


Jul 23, 2009 4:35 AM GMT
Lester S Replied:

I agree with everyone, it's all useful info for me;more embossing, gapping, overblow set up... thanks for taking the time to share your knowledge.

Jul 23, 2009 5:11 AM GMT
Reed Triller Replied:

Opening up the back and sides an reinforcing the back so that it doesn`t crush?

Jul 23, 2009 6:09 PM GMT
Barbeque Bob M Replied:

Opening the back does that and also makes the instrument play louder as well.

Jul 24, 2009 7:51 AM GMT
Reed Triller Replied:

Opening the back makes it more crush resistant?

Jul 26, 2009 4:44 AM GMT
harveyharp Replied:

Hey Dave. I want to hear your rendition of I'm so Lonesome I could cry. I like to play it like Charlie McCoy, and sing it like Elvis, Too bad I miss the mark on both.

Jul 30, 2009 5:39 PM GMT
harveyharp Replied:

Thanks for the Lonesome Vid. Its a great song.

As for the covers, I use the little brass hammer that came with the Farrell Kit, and I finish the crimp with the tool that plumbers use to crimp ductwork, It is quick and easy, and no marks, if done right.

Aug 14, 2009 7:45 AM GMT
John I Replied:

I have boxes of tired old harps and would like to be able to tune them up down or sideways to recoop some of the zillions of dollars I have spent over the years on harps. Can you take a reed from one trim'r down on the end and replace the next reed up? Can you take reedd from a lower keyed harp say a G and move it to a C and so on. Like musical reeds. How do you know when a reed is "really" toast if it ain't broken or otherwise visably cooked. What do you look for under a fine loop? Thas what I am looking for at this point, I really do want to get into tuning but need a tad more info along these lines... Ooooh, what is the best / most fuctional tuner to use? You can do it! And Thanks for all your video on repair so far, really inspirational to me in many ways...

John I,, Oakland CA

Aug 14, 2009 3:24 PM GMT
Elk River Replied:

The best functioning tuner is the human ear.

It's easiest if you pull the same pitch reed from the same length slot. Then, you're cool, within a step, you're still fine. TUning anything more than a step is risky. G to C, not really. If you've got say a lower pitched reed that's longer, you can trim it shorter to fit the shorter slot and it will increase in pitch. How much? IT's something you eventually develop a feel for.

If it goes close to a half step flat, the reed is usually done... other signs are it will be at zero offset, then you try to gap it numerous times and it still goes back to zero. If you plink it for a while, it will break. That's the ultimate test.

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