A G is good; but being a ‘purist’ for the 70s, why wouldn’t a Lee Oskar work too?!
Yeah, well, although those old MBs have been around for 100 years, methinks back then, those who learned to play the harps were more patient and willing to put in the time for their learning curve.
Being that harmonicas were treated as real instruments not the toys many of them have become, and even selling at a buck or two wasn’t exactly cheap either in them days –
Meaux_Jeaux (our friend over at Harmonica.com) played some old 1929 recording of how the great Deford Bailey learned to prep his harps from others. He soaked them in water; then dried them out by carrying them in his pocket and under his arm.
Jon Gindick talks about soaking his harps in vodka or gin when he started; and even I did the same thing to my first $7 MB way back when. Well, water, because I was too young to drink! Hehehehe!
Thing is, in my case, on my own, having no one to ask or bounce things off of, I didn’t exactly do a good job of it. And had to wait to get another $7 to get another new harp.
Besides that then, I had heard about sealing the comb in beeswax. But then that takes work and tools; and safety as melting beeswax is highly flammable and dangerous if you’re not watching what your doing. Anywhat…
Sure, there are some tinkerers who still take the time to prep these old MBs. And yet they are few and far between. And if you want to get your harps from them, well, they do make a living at it, and if you’re in the market for them, their worth looking up.
And David Payne will even help walk you through the process, if you’re so inclined to contact him.
But so too, it’s not so much peeps being wussies as they are being impatient as well.
They buy an MB and think they’ll be sounding like (fill in the blank) in no time. But five minutes later, as the comb swells, they’re all asking themselves WTF?!
And then they come to forums like ours and first thing they do is start crying about how their MB is broken or whatever. (Yeah, we all heard it before; and will hear it again soon enough, no doubt! Hehehehe! Oh well!)
Peeps got their fingertips on so much information in Harmonica Universe, but they don’t take the time to understand it either. Again, oh well! No tears from me, yo! Anywho…
If you’re delving into customizing and sealing your MBs, good luck and god speed!
But now too, if we’re talking wussies here, well, anybody who depends solely on GPS units in their cars to drive them around on streets and roadways that have been around long before they were ever born - ooh, these friggin moronic idiots! It’s a wonder they could ever find their cracks to wipe their butts without one!! Oh, don’t get me started!!! Mwuahahahaha!!!
Keep On Harpin’!