How To Fix A Harmonica Reed

How To Fix A Harmonica Reed. Place the plate up to a light. Push the reed out five times.


Repairs of diatonic harmonicas are usually only done if it is worth it. If only two sides of your bad reed are surrounded by light, your reed is not properly centered. Your middle finger, ring finger and pinky should be holding the bottom cover plate to the harp.

But Even With The Best Of Care, You Might Need To Do Little Maintenance Work On Your Harmonica Or Accordion In The Future.

A quick reference to the process of upgrading a harmonica. Your left thumb should be holding the top cover plate on the harp. If drinking anything other than water, swish with water before playing.

Now Hold The Cover Plates Over The Harmonica (Don't Bother With The Screws) And Blow (Or Draw) Hard On The Reed.

Place the pad of your left index finger under the nut, keeping it in place. Push the reed out five times. This will help the reed settle.

If You Play Hard You Will Blow Out Reeds Faster.

On a good reed, three sides of the reed should be surrounded by light. If the note still blocks at high breath pressure, then repeat the process. You can raise the base of the reed by inserting a shim and lifting the reed.

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The Reed Has Fractured At The Rivet End.

You see here the pairs for seven holes. A reed that does this will respond poorly or not at all when you play it. Repairs of diatonic harmonicas are usually only done if it is worth it.

Play With A Clean Mouth!

The kit includes a special tuning scraper, a reed lifting blade and reed wrench, a fine tuning file, a hook tool, a slot and phillips screwdriver, a set of valves and glue, and a cleaning cloth. The reed pivoted off it's axis (rivet) and is hitting the inside of the reed plate slot; However, you’re more likely to want to lower the base to increase reed efficiency.