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What is so special about the comb????
Not surprised the reed plates needed gapping. They Fabulous uses the same plates as Manji and Promaster, $35-40 a set.
The exuberant price for the Fab stems from the comb much more than the plates, as they are nothing special.
Since Suzuki reeds are weld attached as opposed to rivet, there is no "dimple" on the bottom of the draw plate that needs
to be flat sanded. That said, you should be able to use your gauge to check the reed plates for warping that could lead to "airiness", which by the way is considered a word here in the States anyway.
if the harmonica plays good and sounds great leave it alone. if it's not broke don't fix it
Well, don't give me any gapping credit because that didn't really make it into the video. But I hope some of the assembly views and tips will be of use. People can be a bit nervous about taking a harp apart but, as long as folks are gentle with the reed plates, it's a very straightforward process.
Thanks for the instructional video about harmonica gapping.
It will be very useful to many of us who would like to learn
Look forward to hearing your music etc.
As Keith mentioned, Slidemeister is great.
Another source is to go to harptabs and put the word "chromatic" into the search box....which I have done here:
And it shouldn't matter if you pucker or tongue block. I have done both on the chrom (puckered for a year but now I mostly tongue block)
I just posted a video showing me working with a dismantled harp.
I took apart my Fabulous to investigate what I described as 'airyness" (I don't even think that's a word). At the start of the video, I say that I suspect it was just a case of the Fabulous being gapped a bit wider than some other harps. In fact, that was the case. I ended up slightly closing the gap on the lower reeds and it plays perfectly with just a whisper of air. However, since I'm so long winded (surprise), I had to leave off the very end of video where I recap and explain the gapping...I had recorded so much material that it ran over 10 minutes. So I left off the last "reel" of the video.
Feel free to fast forward through the dial gauge flatness check. It runs a bit long. short version: comb flat within .0005.
Hi Guys. I'm looking for music tabs for Chromatic Harmonica. Got a book with some in but what something that doesn't have tongue blocking.
Hey Puff, great to have you here.
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Hey everyone, 28 got 2 lil girls, a house, good food good life. But what makes it all just that much sweeter? Music. I was jamming guitar til a hand injury messed that up, so now im playing with this amazing lil pocket wonder, the harmonica. Anyhoo thanks for this place to get together and share our love. Talk to you all soon. -Puff
I got one in a trade with a member here, then ended up giving it to a friend before I even got to play it.
I recommend an amp with one power tube (the big 'un) and one pre-amp (the lil 'in)
A 6v6 power tube will produce from 7-10 watts, an EL84 tube will produce about 5-7 watts.
For pre-amp most guitar tube amps use a 12AX7 with a gain factor of 100%, a few use a 5881
with gain factor of 70%.
The extra power in the 6V6 translates to more bass response, and a bit more headroom, I use
TADs (*Tube Amp Doctor) short bottle 6V6s in all my amps, the short bottle fattens up bottom end
more than a tall tube/valve.
Fender, Gibson, Kalamazoo, Crate, Epiphone, Vox, Ampeg, all made/make a small practice amp with tubes/valves.
Marshall sux for harp, hell, I think they suck for guitar too. There are others out there, some Italian models might be
available to you across the pond.
Use this criteria for selecting and you just might find a gem. good luck!