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 Re: Help! Is my brand new first time harmonica ruined?
Aug-23-05 8:35pm  [ re: bear ]

Once again, bear hits the nail on the head. New wood isn't as well "aged" or "seasoned" from use as older wood. Therefore, it is actually more susceptible to swelling and warping when it is new. This is why people used to advise soaking harps. In general, this is a bad idea because if you do it, you'll corrode the reed plates (and possibly the covers). This is probably the biggest drawback to the Hohner Marine Band. Hohner has addressed this somewhat with the Hohner Marine Band Deluxe, which is assembled with screws to make disassembly and reassembly a great deal easier, as well as a better sealed comb to help resist swelling and warping. How well it resists swelling and warping, I'm not sure.

I can certainly understand your irritation, though, at the apparent disintegration of your brand new harp, but unfortunately, that's just the main drawback to wooden combs. Supposedly, the Hering 1923 Vintage isn't as bad, and supposedly, neither is the new Marine Band Deluxe. The new model of the Delta Frost from Bushman has a wood comb which is made of a wood so dense, it naturally doesn't even float in water (ergo very swelling and warping resistant), and it's also very well sealed because somewhere between 2 and 5% of the human population has allergic reactions to the wood used.

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 Help! Is my brand new first time harmonica ruined? didj3 Aug-22-05 6:59pm
     Re: Help! Is my brand new first time harmonica ruined? pcguyiv Aug-22-05 8:13pm
         Re: Help! Is my brand new first time harmonica ruined? didj3 Aug-22-05 9:35pm
             Re: Help! Is my brand new first time harmonica ruined? Franky Aug-22-05 9:59pm
             Re: Help! Is my brand new first time harmonica ruined? bear Aug-22-05 10:02pm
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                     Re: Help! Is my brand new first time harmonica ruined? pcguyiv Aug-23-05 12:35am
                         Re: Help! Is my brand new first time harmonica ruined? didj3 Aug-23-05 2:02am
                             Re: Help! Is my brand new first time harmonica ruined? bear Aug-23-05 3:13am
                                 Re: Help! Is my brand new first time harmonica ruined? pcguyiv Aug-23-05 4:40pm
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                                         Re: Help! Is my brand new first time harmonica ruined? bear Aug-23-05 7:10pm
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