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Too much wax?

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Harp Shooter
Jun 03, 2010 9:38 AM GMT

New to the site and this is my first post.

I found a website with reed waxing instructions. I think I used too much.How much should I use and what can I do to get it off and start over? I am using Gum branddental wax.

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Jun 04, 2010 8:32 PM GMT
Reed Triller Replied:

I had the same issue and as we speak I am removing the wax.Well,not right now because i`m typing right now.But it is disassembled next to me and I have started the process.

I assume you are talking about the website and are using the suggested dental wax.

The wax can be really soft.I am just lightly scraping the wax from the area.I`ve tried my fingernail,the tip of a small flathead screwdriver and an x-acto blade.They all seem to work well.

My problem is the left over residue.I am about to attempt removing that with an old soft toothbrush.

Jun 04, 2010 8:44 PM GMT
Reed Triller Replied:

Ok,,,trying to brush off the rest of what is left with a soft tooth brush isn`t working.It is actually just buffing the wax that is left.

Jun 09, 2010 8:34 PM GMT
Reed Triller Replied:

I ended up using some Kaboom and it softened the wax enough to make most of it come off with a soft tooth brush.I was recently told by someone that D-Lemonene will do the trick quite well.It is basically the the stuff in Goo Gone that makes Goo Gone work,but in its pure undiluted form.I have not tried this yet.

Jun 11, 2010 6:27 PM GMT
Dan Ridgeway Replied:

I wouldn't use wax or any other material on the rivet ends. Work on your reed gapping and your reed arcing; this will have more of an effect on your harp than waxing a rivet end to prevent air leakage.

If you're not embossing, try it. It's a better solution than wax/gum/pine sap

Jun 11, 2010 11:51 PM GMT
Reed Triller Replied:

I`ll never make that mistake again,believe me :)

I ended up having it customized and I can barely put her down now!

Jun 28, 2010 2:48 PM GMT
Dan Ridgeway Replied:

Yeah, I too tried using some gummy material on one or two Hohner Pro Harps I had years ago to stop the squealing when I would overblow. It didn't stop the squealing and it didn't really help me overblow any better.

Overall, it was just a mess that was difficult to clean up. Like I mentioned before, a little gapping goes a looong way in the playability of a harmonica AND it's reversable!

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