Service/repairs

Detail of Broken Harmonica Reed

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SERVICE DEPARTMENT

 

GENERAL SERVICE ($25 plus postage). For maintaining and repairing customs I’ve sold.

This includes cleaning, one reed replacement (add $5 per additional reed), and a full strobe-tune. Turnaround is ASAP.

 

CUSTOMIZE HARPS YOU HAVE

Send me a harp, and I’ll do the same Spiers Process high-performance reedwork as I do to my full customs. I don’t offer “semi-custom” reedwork.

My focus is on providing the best playing harmonicas I can make, for a fair price. I’m normally able to do that while using the stock parts that the harps come with from the factory. The exception to that would be Golden Melody harmonicas, because the stock comb isn’t flat and can’t be flattened. If you want an overblow setup on a GM harp, sending a custom comb with it wouldn’t be a waste of money.

I do NOT like to use custom combs in most other cases. When the added mass of a custom comb is combined with the tighter tolerances of my reedwork, the results often sound too bright, generally in keys above A.

 

STAGE I REED LABOR ($95 plus postage) traditional setup.

  • Reed plates are straightened and comb flattened to eliminate air loss.

  • All reeds are centered at the rivets so the reeds swing straight in the slots.

  • All reed slots are embossed to reduce reed/slot tolerances.

  • All reeds are accurately shaped to provide optimum dynamic geometry with the slots.

  • Fully strobe tuned.

  • This reedwork will transform your harp into a dynamic, air-efficient musical instrument. It will have a rich, balanced tone that’s louder without being abrasive. There will be an even feel or “action” across all notes including bends, from bottom to top.

STAGE II REED LABOR ($120 plus postage) adds 4-5-6 pro-overblow setup.

ADD $5 FOR EACH REED REPLACED ON USED HARPS

ADD $25 TO CONVERT NAILED MARINE BAND TO SCREWS, WITH SEALED PEARWOOD COMB.


DO NOT SEND OLD JUNK. THIS IS FOR NEWER HARPS ONLY

If it’s a SP20 or Golden Melody, it needs to say “Progressive” on the covers. Newer reeds are better than old reeds, tolerances and materials have improved.

Also, I do NOT work on MS series harps or chromatics.

 

  • USA shipping/handling is a flat $10 per shipment if it fits in a small flat rate box

  • Non-US customers please read carefully

  • If economy postage is requested ($20), customer assumes all responsibility for lost packages. No tracking available. Some countries are reliable, some aren’t… it’s your call.

  • USPS Priority Express Mail may be desired for non-domestic orders to prevent loss. This is the least expensive option we have to obtain tracking information. Cost for sending to Canada- $40 USD, everywhere else- $60 USD

  • Sometimes I share my harp repair workload with Burke T at Open Door Harmonicas. Burke is a cool cat and a talented musician. He’s been working very closely with several notable customizers/techs for a few years. I may ask you to give him a call if I’m too jammed up on the calendar.