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Taking them apart and putting them back together

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Harp Shooter
Jun 03, 2010 9:42 AM GMT

Ok, when I take my harps apart for cleaning I am very careful to place everything in a certain spot so everything goes where it should when I put it back together.

But,lets say you drop the reed plates on the floor...how do you know the blow reed plate from the draw reed plate? Do you label/mark them?



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Jun 03, 2010 4:02 PM GMT
ron a Replied:

the rivet end of the blow reeds will be all in a straight line. The rivets of the draw reed plate will be diagonal across the plate.



Jun 03, 2010 5:13 PM GMT
Harp Shooter Replied:

Wow,I guess that was so obvious I missed it!



Jun 03, 2010 5:55 PM GMT
ron a Replied:

it's something you could miss if you did the disassembly in a hurry and dropped your plate on the floor and it was already too late. Now you won't have to take another one apart to figure it out if you do.



Jun 03, 2010 7:19 PM GMT
Reed Triller Replied:

Hey,that`s good to know,Ron.I`ve never really paid attention to the layout of the rivets when I took mine apart for gapping and such.

Nice to know in case I drop them or just have a brain fart!



Jun 03, 2010 7:45 PM GMT
walterharp Replied:

it is worse to drop and lose screws, sometimes those are pretty difficult to replace. i put them all in a harp case.



Jun 03, 2010 7:57 PM GMT
Reed Triller Replied:

Me too.I used to put a strip of wide double side tape on my work table and put the screws on that.I was weird about my screws.I used to have to make sure I put screws back in the same hole.Dropping some cured me of that,lol.



Jun 03, 2010 9:51 PM GMT
Kingley Replied:

"the rivet end of the blow reeds will be all in a straight line. The rivets of the draw reed plate will be diagonal across the plate"

Doh! I can't believe that I have never noticed that before!



Jun 04, 2010 9:22 PM GMT
ron a Replied:

I've been know my whole life for looking at things a little differently...lol. When I opened one up last year, it's the first thing i noticed. Never thought much more about it until the other day.



Jun 04, 2010 9:33 PM GMT
Reed Triller Replied:

I can`t believe I never really paid attention to that. I am a photographer for goodness sake! We are supposed to pay attention to the smallest detail lol



Jun 14, 2010 1:22 AM GMT
Reed Triller Replied:

This does not seem to be the case on Special 20s,though.Unless the one I opened was just a fluke.Both plates had diagonal rivet ends.



Jun 16, 2010 7:39 PM GMT
ron a Replied:

made me look. all mine are the same as my marine bands and suzukis. BLow rivets straight, draw rivets diagonal. Maybe sombody goofed....seems weird, but I guess you could figure it out if you had to with tuning and all.



Jun 22, 2010 8:43 PM GMT
AirMojo (Ken H) Replied:

The reed plates can really only work one way...

Take a good look at each reed plate... notice the end that has the reeds aligned straight across.

The blow (think "up" as in "blow-up") has a straight line of reeds with the rivet-ends and this lines up with the comb-holes (and the reeds are on the inside, long (low) reeds to the left).

The draw (think "down" as in the "d" in "draw") has a straight line of reeds with the free-ends and this lines up with the comb-holes (and the reeds are on the outside, long (low) reeds to the left).

Many reed-plates have a cover-plate groove and of course this groove must be on the outside in order for the cover-plates to ride inside this groove. But if they don't then you can always rely just on the "straight-edge" of the reeds.

I use to justprinta "T" for "top: and "B" for "bottom" witha magic marker on the reed plates as a reminder to what goes where... but then I realized the "straight-edge" trait, and no longer mark them.

So take a good look at the reed plates and notice the difference and how they fit the comb.



Jun 28, 2010 2:45 PM GMT
Dan Ridgeway Replied:

I remember how I used to freak out and not remember which reed plate goes where and in which direction. After taking them apart for several years, it just makes sense now and I never give it a second thought.




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