It is a good idea and similar to something that Brendan Power sold (perhaps still sells) for his Lucky 13 harps (that unfortunately did not really improve anything for me on the Lucky 13 …).
However, the price for the Bluexlab gasket (20€) is quite a bit more than one of the nail polish pens (ca. 5-6€), and that gasket is only for one harp while the nail polish can be used on numerous harps. I just used it (the nail polish) on a poorly set-up (from the factory!) Rocket amp and it made a dramatic improvement in the playability: better bending and, for both the blow and draw reeds, better responsiveness. I first did the embossing of the end part of the reed slots (2/3rds of the slot length starting from the free reed end) as B. Power says in the video.
I will now try it on my new Golden Melody that just arrived because it is a disaster: reed gaps and shapes that make good, easy draw bends basically impossible !! I guess mine was a “Friday Lemon” … At least it sounds really good and is quite loud compared to the older Golden Melody models.
I think that I just have more bad luck than others when buying Hohner harps.
My new GM is in the key of G. My unfortunate Rocket amp is in A. The time spent working on them has definitely improved their playability, but it is not something that should necessary for harps in this price category.
I was surprised tha my GM was delivered so quickly. I ordered from Thomann.de.
Yes, my New GM also comes from Thomann. Bb is not so common (but I like the key). It was supposed to come last week, now around 04/10.
My new custom blues for the Bb isn’t quite ready yet, so I can wait.
I have my microphone back for that .
I have probably about equal numbers of Hohner & Seydel harps … probably a few more Hohner harps because they are cheaper than the 1847s.
I think it is worth trying the nail polish method on any harp that has notable “airy” sounds when playing bends – and then do it for both the draw and blow reeds in that hole. I also have begun to experiment with my own do-it-yourself, “poor man’s” air flow control system like the Arkia harps have – and so far the results are promising.
With Bb as her back beat, I can easily see her becoming one of my favorites, and perhaps my go harp when I go out on the town. Besides being a pleasure to play, she is my heftiest lady and I’d like to have her on my side in a fight. I’m sure she’d make a good weapon
Hohner ms 20 blues guy, these east tops are great, they don’t bend quite as easy, but are smooth on the lips. I bought several, so I trade off, just got an key of A, Bflat is terrific. Don’t get the real cheapies, I paid about 30-40 dollars depending on key, ^0 for hohner ms20 blues.
@Dai@Slim I’ve never had a problem with Hohner harps. I think the Marine Band Deluxe is probably their best overall harp for the money, imo. I’m not a HUGE fan of the new Golden Melody. I’m gonna put up my review of it in a few days. Great harp, but not quite as good as the old imo.
Yeah @HarpinBobbyMcB way to bring this conversation back to topic man! East Top 008k can’t be beat for the money imo. I’m headed to the NAMM show in a couple weeks and looking forward to meeting up with the East Top people and learning more about their full product line.
That will be cool to meet with the folks at Easttop, they got something going right. You can tell them you have at least one big fan in me… I’ll always remember my first whirl in the world of harps with the 008k.
As I play the new one, I really now appreciate the extra weight as compared to other models. It “feels” hefty, strong and tight all the way around
She’s a whole Lotta woman with a whole lot of luvin’ for the money!