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Elk River May 18, 2009 7:42 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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How do you replace screws with nails? har har har
How to set up harmonica for overblows. Apart from that... hm?everything!! :)
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.
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.
Anything cool! :)
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..
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.
Opening up the back and sides an reinforcing the back so that it doesn`t crush?
Opening the back does that and also makes the instrument play louder as well.
Opening the back makes it more crush resistant?
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.
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.
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, strangeangelblues.com, Oakland CA
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.