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Reed gap

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Nov 22, 2009 5:44 PM GMT

So what would be a good starting place to tighten reed gap, and get into tuning, I'm sure I don't have to buy the Lee Oskar tool kit seeing how I have plenty of small jewlerstools, I have all of my grandfathers tools (he was a tool and die maker). Can anybody recomend what I need and what direction I should go to "get into tune" (pun intended). My second question, what would be a decent harp to practice on? A couple Jambones? I don't want to start killing my Special 20's.

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Nov 23, 2009 5:59 AM GMT
Tuggy B Replied:

Hi J, It depends on if you use a light or heavier breath, I use a moderate light breath so I can get away with atighter gap setup than when I first started playing almost 5 years ago.First start on a cheap harp perferably a lower keyed one, the lower keys require alittle wider gapping thus I find them easier to find the "sweet spot" on than the higher keys, thus an easier learning curve. I do one hole at a time,lowering theblow-draw reeds until the notes can be played easywith symetrical type pressure on both the draw and the blow, make sure you get good bends and have no choking problems, adjust accordingly.I find that thedraw can be a smidget tighter than the blow. After I get say hole 1 pretty well then I move on to the 2 and so on. I then go back and fine adust to get the harp playing symetrically up and down the harp. I findthat if I do no othermods than regapping, the tuning will usuallyremain the same...usually lol, I always check to make sure. There are some very good posts on tuning here on the Space Board. I used Merano harps to learn on and they have served me well.I made some of my tools out of old reedplates (brass on brass works well), and I have made some tools from feeler gauges also that work very well. All of this stuff is experimental and if you take your time and learn as you goyou'll be rewarded with some bad ass harps !!! Good luck J.

Nov 23, 2009 4:57 PM GMT
Barbeque Bob M Replied:

It also depends on your playing style besides just how hard you play. If you play overblows, the gap has to be tighter to make them easier to play, but in return, you got get your breath force under greater control because with that setup, it becomes much more sensitive to the force of your breath.

Nov 23, 2009 5:54 PM GMT
jon s Replied:

also when gapping, the responsiveness will depend one both the draw an the blow reed. for example if your playing a 3 draw and the 3 blow reed isnt set up properly the 3 draw will sound weak.

Nov 23, 2009 8:17 PM GMT
Barbeque Bob M Replied:

That is 100% true!!!

Nov 24, 2009 2:32 AM GMT
J Replied:

Thanks for all the info! I love this site!

Nov 24, 2009 3:07 AM GMT
jon s Replied:

ya thats something that is never mentioned for some reason. i had to find that out the hard way with months of reed work wondering why it plays terrible.

Nov 24, 2009 4:41 AM GMT
Tuggy B Replied:

In my learning curve with reed gapping, itwas easier to learn to set up a harp for anawesome resonse, then later on, I started working onoverblow setups because its a much finer process and breath control is even more important.We must walk before canwe run. As I said in my earlier post you must adjust both thedraw and blow reeds accordingly to get the response you desire and the setting of the blow has a direct influence on the draw and vise a versa, the blow and draw reedsmust be adjusted as a set.

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