DIATONIC HARMONICA SERVICE OPTIONS
NEW OR USED HARPS REPAIRED AND CUSTOMIZED
I CAN TUNE YOUR CROSSOVERS TO SOUND LIKE A MARINE BAND SHOULD– SMOOTH CHORDS!!
USED HARPS– please don’t send junk that’s been laying around for 10+ years.
Newer harps will usually turn out better and be more durable, because factory specs have improved. If a harp is too old and beat it doesn’t matter how much time is spent, it won’t end up playing as well as a brand new harp with a Super Stock upgrade. If you aren’t sure about one, I can look and tell you if it’s worth upgrading before working on it.
I do not work on MS series harmonicas, or chromatics.
NEW HARPS are a smart option to work with. You can have them drop-shipped directly from Rockin’ Rons, or send me a recent purchase that doesn’t play quite right. A Super-Stock or Pro-Stock service on a new harp will play just as well or better than many “custom” harmonicas.
Work is completed on a first-come first-serve basis. Wait time will vary, depending on what service is being done, how many harps you send, and how many harps other players have sent in the meantime.
Two promises I can make with 100% confidence are that you’ll get a top quality job, and I’m working as hard as I can to take care of business. As long as you’re flexible and patient you’ll be happy!!!
PRICES AT A GLANCE- REED LABOR ON YOUR HARP
Tuning default is 19-limit JI unless otherwise specified.
$10 R&R Replace a reed, no other service included.
$25* STOCK Repair, Clean and Tune.
$45* SUPER STOCK™ Set up the curves, gaps, and tune.
$75* PRO STOCK™ Premium reed work.
$95* STAGE I™ Premium reed work.
$120* STAGE II+™ With 4-5-6 overblows and 7 overdraw.
* ADD $20 for nailed 1896 Marine Band, includes new pearwood comb and screws
Send me a clean reedplate. I remove a bad reed, screw in a new one, gap and tune that reed, and send it back. I use new reeds, attached with screws. Great deal if you otherwise do most of your own work. Send several if you want so you’ll have backups, and it’ll help make the postage worth it. ($10)
This includes cleaning, flatten comb/draw plate, one reed replacement, and a full strobe-tune. It’s a basic repair service for harps that already play well, including custom harmonicas that I’ve sold. This is NOT appropriate for fixing harps with other issues, that requires Super Stock or higher. ($25)
All of “STOCK,” with extra time spent on proper reed shaping and gaps. Think of it like getting the “one-in-ten” harp that plays excellent out of the box, and then some. This is also my minimum charge for straightening out problems with customs from other builders. ($45)
Premium embossed setup with excellent response, bending and even “feel” from bottom to top. The difference between this and Stage I reed work is simply a little less time spent on finer details. It’s still set up very well and a great value for working players. ($75)
Premium embossed traditional setup, same as my custom harmonicas. ($95)
Same deal as Stage I, with pro-overblow setup for holes 4-5-6 and 7 overdraw. ($120)
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
All the above are performed by me, not subbed out! But, sometimes I share my existing custom 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 jammed up on the calendar.