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Peter HMay 11, 2010 11:32 AM GMT
I have Pat Missin's chart about the slot sizes, but I was wondering: which MS harps are the short slot, which are the medium slot, and which are the short slot? I'm moving some reeds around and my ruler is not accurate enough.
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As far as I know, the MS series is much like the rest of the Hohner stuff in which anything above Db is usually gonna be short slot, and from C and lower, it's long slot. However, if you get MS series reed plates made from 1995 and earlier, they are all short slot (and the worst playing of the MS series by a mile, and it was one of the big reasons why most pros hated them, as the short slot reed and its profile often made bending on lower pitched harps even for highly skilled pros a rough SOB, to put it nicely).
It was such a shock when the MS series came out. I remember it well. I was playing Special 20's and pro harps before that so the difference was very marked. Those train tracks were really hard to get used to.I even did a demo for the local music shop to show the difference. Once again It shows you what you can get used to. Just stop the whinging and start the learning! Good advice for myself.I now think the MS pro harp has a very good tone.
i was never able to "get used to" the MS haps. I used to play pre-MS Pro Harps. I gave up on the MS Pro Harp and switched to Suzuki Hammonds. In retrospect, i should thank Hohner. i really like the Hammonds but i never would have discovered them if Hohner had continued to make the pre-MS Pro Harps.