What tools do you use to open, customize, and/or repair your harp?
Well I started with a Lee Oskar tool kit:
Moved over to Rupert Oysler:
And Richard Sleigh:
I also invested in a toolkit from David Payne; and Sleigh again:
Cajun Harmonica Tool Kit Broadcast
I don't want to just improv, and possibly mess up my harp. Are these tools easy to find, and is it hard to customize a harp?
For me, I do maintenance as outlined above as well as through YouTube Palmheroes Jimmy and others.
It takes times; but even JP learned too.
I have yet to tackle ‘tuning’ - because I have to understand the ways the individual harps are set up with Equal, Just Intonation, Compromised Tuning, etc.
I have my questions on all of this, and am readily searching for my answers. Anywho…
Some people never touch the insides of their harps ever. If it goes bad or doesn’t work, they go out and buy another. Even Howard Levy said in an interview that it took him years to open up a harp because he wasn’t aware of what to do.
Now he knows something about it out of necessesity; but also relies on more informed others to work on them for him. He’s the great Howard Levy - so cool beans!
For the rest of us - Well, I wouldn’t suggest taking out your Christmas present and start digging through the reed plates right off the bat!
But it might be good to invest in a Lee Oskar tool kit; and when you’re ready to, slowly go into your Spec 20.
Thing is though, you’ll need a small straight screwdriver becase that’s what holds the covers on those.
Bottom line: It takes time and patience. And yes, it is worth it.
Yet before you do all that too, this topic might help you get prepared for what’s in store for you:
Hope this helps!
Keep on harpin’!