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    leaky cheap harmonica
    One where the reed plates don't fit properly on the comb, air leaks out of the chamber the reed sit in, instead of fully activating the reed.
    (Not so much the covers.)
    Trying to do justice to various musical instruments.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Croaky Keith View Post
    One where the reed plates don't fit properly on the comb, air leaks out of the chamber the reed sit in, instead of fully activating the reed.
    (Not so much the covers.)
    Croaky, I’ve never seen one with reed plates that would fit badly enough to leak air. It’s the covers that fit poorly because they bend or twist. If one has a harp that cannot be tightened up with a small screwdriver he/she might just as well throw it away.

    Anyway, it’s true that air leakage can be a problem. The old German ones with wooden combs would swell when they got wet and become very tight indeed. The wooden combed “Old Standby” usta be my favorite. I still have a couple. The “Marine Bands” were very good too, of course. I also have one or two of them. When first beginnin’ to play, one would hafta wait ‘til the comb swelled up enough to sound correct. Now, everything is molded plastic — bah!

    Well, anyway, bending is a talent which must be learned by working at it like so many other worthwhile things.
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