Wednesday, October 15, 2008


            As I’ve learned more and more about diatonic harmonicas on the internet, I keep coming across a modification called, “embossing”. This narrows your reed slots, making the reeds more responsive.

After practicing on (and ruining) a couple of cheap harps, I finally decided to give it a try on one of my Lee Oskars. It took a lot of time and patience, but I finally got it done. The tone is a bit warmer, and it takes less force to activate the reed. The final result is that without extra effort, I can play a bit louder, more clearly, and have an overall better tone.

Here are some links with information about embossing. Make sure you try it on old harps first…it takes some practice to get it right!

If any of you have some knowledge on the subject, or any tips to add, click on “Respond” below.

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