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Brad FAug 24, 2009 8:08 PM GMT
I am looking to update my collection of MB's and, much to Mr. Payne's chagrin, I would like to assemble them with screws (either tapping or nutting the bolts) I am looking for a source for these but I am having very little luck....I have heard, both on here and harp-l that harponline is one possible source but I haven't had any luck finding them on their website. any help would be appreciated.
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Here's their link: http://www.harponline.de and you may want to contact Michael Timler,the site owner. Also, check out the European Hohner site, http://www.hohner.eu and check into the MB Deluxe, and thereshould bea spot to order the screws they use. I would also get in touch with several other customizers and sk them what they use and their sources, sizes, etc.
I buy my screws from fastener-express.com. They seem to be cheaper than anywhere else, and have a huge selection and ship quickly. I use 2mm X 10 for the cover screws, and 2mm X12 for the reed plate screws. All panhead. I use 2mm nuts on all the screws, and 2mm washers where I can on the reed plate screws. The 12mm length supports the cover plates nicely. I put one in from the blow plate side and two in from the draw plate side. Works good.
I also buy 0-80 panhead screws to hold replaced reeds on. I screw them in from the reed side, and gring off the extra length, since the shortest they have is 1/8 inch.
Of course all of them are stainless.
I found some small stainless screws at Sears hardware in their bins that worked. I filled a bit of thread off of one side and used it as a tap and repalced that with an unmolested screw. It worked great.
You can get 2-56 size hex head bolts and nuts at your local Ace Hardware. They'll be annodized black. You can also get a 2-56 tap there too, as well as the drill bits you'll need (1/8" for full clearance, 3/64" for the hole syou want to tap).