I have a harmonica Hohner Piccolo A. It has been playing fine, but recently one of the tones stopped playing. Can this be easily fixed or do I just chuck the harmonica and buy a new one?
It all depends on what exactly is causing the problem – and the only way for you to discover that is to disassemble the harp and examine closely the problem reed(s).
Is there dirt present? (relatively easy to correct).
Is a reed hanging on the slot rim because the reed is not aligned properly? (a bit more work and difficulty, but also possible to correct yourself).
Is a reed broken? (not easy too correct and you most likely need to either buy a new reed plate (with the reeds already installed) or buy a new harp).
Thanks, I will try unscrewing the harmonica and will see what I can find.
Luke @Luke has asked me to make a post with some photos that might illustrate my way for cleaning my harps. It will take several days for me to make this since I am going on a little trip for the next couple days.
Stay tuned (pun intended )
I have to say, Slim, you are a real asset and treasure for this forum. We are lucky to have you here
Thank you very much for the kind words, @HorseDoctor They are truly and greatly appreciated.