Disassembling Diatonic Harmonicas

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  • #4517
    Mitch GraingerMitch Grainger
    Keymaster

    Hi Guys,

    I’ve just uploaded the first video in a brand new section of the site named “The Tool Shed”.

    Disassembling Diatonics! https://mitchgrainger.com/disassembling-diatonics/

    It shows how to dismantle and reassemble a diatonic harmonica safely.

    A new video will be up in the tool shed every month, the next of which will be on cleaning your harmonica, as I’ve had a bunch of questions on that recently. 🙂

    Please feel free to use this forum, to bring new ideas, to this new area of the site!

    Cheers,
    Mg

    #4544
    HenkHenk
    Participant

    Hi Mitch,

    Thanx for adding this a great idea and definetly something we are all in need for 😉

    So i start with the first question,

    What to do if a reed is not responding well ?

    Greetings,

    Henk.

    #4549
    Mitch GraingerMitch Grainger
    Keymaster

    Hi Henk,

    Can you describe a little more what you mean by not responding well? Is it slow to play or do you think it is blocked, or is it out of tune, or all three??? 🙂

    The more symptoms you can describe to me the easier it is to diagnose! Or upload a little sound sample..

    Mg

    #4552
    HenkHenk
    Participant

    Hi Mitch,

    It was just a question no problems yet at this point ?

    But what to do if it happens ?

    #4568
    Jason YatesJason Yates
    Participant

    I do have this problem!

    I am at practising bending, I can do it on the first hole, and almost there on holes 3 & 4, but something sounds wrong on hole 2, especially on the draw. It takes a lot more effort and doesn’t sound as clear as any of the others. I can hear that my bend technique is having some effect, but nowhere near as pronounced as the holes either side of it. Have I damaged the reed somehow?

    #4576
    Mitch GraingerMitch Grainger
    Keymaster

    Hi Jason,

    The 2 hole is notorious for being a little harder to bend at the start, actually because of how the harmonica is designed. So, I’d say it most likely is not damaged. However, If you feel like uploading a small sound clip, i could tel you 🙂

    Mg

    #4584
    Jason YatesJason Yates
    Participant

    Thanks, I was going to send a clip but after recording it is actually sounding closer, just, as you say, harder to draw. 🙂

    #4586
    Mitch GraingerMitch Grainger
    Keymaster

    Yes, it’s harder to get the 2 hole, but the more relaxed you are the easier it is! 🙂

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