Monthly Archives: September 2016

John Popper Blues Traveler Band!

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I’m going to be talking about a harmonica player, vocalist, and guitarist, who is the front man in a rock band, and known for his virtuoso music, harmonica playing. The famous, “John Popper” born on March, 29th 1967′ in Chardon, Ohio.

He was raised in Stamford, Connecticut, and went to Princeton High School, and graduated in 1986′ where he studied Cello, Piano, and Guitar, but none of those instruments, did anything for him, so practice, was a chore, not a pleasure.

He used humor, to avoid bullies, and make friends, so at first he was going to pursue, a career as a comedian, but when him, and his friends, did a Blues Brothers routine, he realized that music was his passion, and that’s when he pursued the harmonica.

He played trumpet in the high school band, as I did also, in my high school band. He convinced the music teacher, to let him do a solo, on a harmonica, instead of playing the trumpet, and he tore that solo up on the harmonica, an amazed the music teacher, and all the other students.

Pursuing the harmonica, turned out well for John Popper. He started several bands, with friends in Princeton, New Jersey, which over the years turned into the Blues Traveler Band. In 1987′ the band signed, their first record contract,  in October of 1992′ “John Popper” was in a motorcycle accident, that put him in a wheelchair for months, but that didn’t stop him, from his love for performing.

He still toured with the band, and endured the pain, because it was his passion. John Popper favorite harmonicas, are the Hohner Special 20 brand blues harps, but since 2015, he has been using his own signature harmonicas, made by Fender. John Popper, is known for his lighting speed intricate patterns, with single note playing, on his harmonica. No other harmonica player, can duplicate what John Popper does on the harmonica.

The only harmonica player, that can even come close, is Sugar Blue  which I wrote about him, in an earlier post I did, about Sugar Blue being absolutely amazing! I even have a picture, of Sugar Blue, and John Popper playing together, and they are both wearing, a bandalero of harmonicas.

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Check out this video, of John Popper playing, on the David Letterman Late Night Show.

 

Have you ever heard, a harmonica player like John Popper?

Have you ever heard, of John Popper?

Have you ever heard, of the Blues Traveler Band?

I would love to get your feedback on this, please leave any comments or questions below, and I will respond as soon as possible.

Thank you for visiting my website, please come back in the future, as I’m alway adding new, and exciting content!

larry@allaboutharmonicas.com

Have a blessed day!

Larry

“Most Used Harmonica Microphones”

Hello harmonica Lovers!

I’m going to be talking about harmonica microphones, that are used to amplify a harmonica. The most common used microphone by blues players, is the Shure Green Bullet 520DX Dynamic Harmonica Microphone, to achieve that dirty bluesy sound, that you hear from famous blues players, of the past, and present.

I show a picture of of the, Shure Green Bullet 520DX Harmonica Microphone below.

images-88The only drawback about using the Green Bullet, is as you can see in the picture, it’s a fairly big microphone to hold in your hand, because of the way that it’s constructed, it’s a very heavy microphone, but it’s a quality microphone.

The good thing about the Green Bullet is, it’s constructed very well, and has a special tone, that other harmonica microphones don’t have, because, of the way it was designed.

 

The Hohner JT30 Astatic Roadhouse Harmonica Microphone, is one of the favorites, for blues players. It gives you that, Dirty Chicago Blues Harp Sound, that all blues players, are trying to create.

The JT30 microphone was used over 50 years ago for public address systems, and Ham radio systems. so it was never designed, for playing a harmonica through it. But blues players figured out, that when they cupped their hand, over the microphone, that it produced a raw honky sound! That’s the sound they were looking for, it then became one the most favorite microphones, for blues harmonica players in the past, and present.

The only drawback about the JT30 microphone, is that it comes with a cord, which limits you, on where you can go with it, unlike wireless harmonica microphones, that are limitless on where you can go .

I use a Green Bullet wired microphone, and a Audix Fireball V wireless microphone, in my performances, both microphones have there purpose, and different sound. The JT30 Astatic Harmonica Microphone, has a completely different sound, from the Shure Green Bullet, and the Audix Fireball V.

The JT30 microphone has a gritty scratchy bluesy sound, because of the way that it was constructed.

here’s some pictures, of the Hohner JT30 Astatic Harmonica microphone. 100089-1images-82

 

The next harmonica microphones, I’m going to be talking about, are wireless harmonica microphones. That’s what a lot of  harmonica players, are using now, blues players, and other harmonica players are using now. It give you more freedom, on where you can go with it.

When I perform I use a wireless microphone, so that I can go out into the audience, and play to the people, it makes it a lot more personal, than being on a stage, where you’re not able to engage with the audience. The audix fireball v, is the wireless microphone, that I perform with, and prefer, for a more crisp clean sound, instead of the dirty blues sound, depending on what song, and kind of music I’m playing at the time.

Here’s some pictures of some wireless harmonica microphones.             download-49download-51images-12images-78

 

Have you ever seen any of these, harmonica microphones?

Have you ever used, a harmonica microphone?

What harmonica microphone, do you use?

What harmonica microphone, do you prefer?

Do you prefer a wired harmonica microphone, or a wireless harmonica microphone?

I would love to get your feedback, please leave any comments, or questions below, and I will reply as soon as possible.

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larry@allaboutharmonica.com

Have a blessed day!

Larry

Rod Piazza Amazing Harp Player!

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Let me about an american blues player and singer Rod Piazza. Born in Riverside,California in 1947′ he grew up in Southern California, that’s where I grew up also, and I have lived in Riverside before too small world! In the picture here of Rod Piazza, he is playing through a Custom Bullet Microphoneto get that bluesy sound, out of his harmonica. It’s a small world I’m surprised I didn’t run into him, in all though years both of us being harmonica players. I used to practice to cassettes of Rod Piazza, hours on end, one of my favorite songs was “Chicken Shack” he still performs that song now.

Back to Rod Piazza, he practiced to blues records when he was young just starting out on the harmonica, to perfect his craft, and  to learn from the great blues harmonica players at that time. He actually first started playing the guitar at age 7, but went on to pursue the harmonica, and singing.  He formed his first band in 1960′ called the “Dirty Blues Band,” they released two albums in 1967′ to 1968,’ they broke up in 1968.’ Then Rod Piazza went on to start the band “Bacon Fat,” which had a dual harp sound that nobody did at that time, and performed with his mentor, and great blues harmonica player “George Harmonica Smith.” They went on to released two albums in the next couple of years.

Then Rod Piazza went solo, in 1974′ to 1975.’ Then he went on to form the band called “Mighty Flyers,” which is still the name presently, they had their first album in 1980′ recorded. Rod Piazza, has recorded 24 albums from 1967′ to 2009′. Rod Piazza has toured concert venues, blues clubs, and festivals in US, Spain, Canada, Japan, and Germany.

I actually saw him, and the Mighty Flyers, here in Florida, a couple of years ago at the Blues Festival. I got to meet Rod Piazza, and get his autograph, and a signed CD. I also got to meet the band, and Rod’s beautiful Wife Honey Piazza that plays the keyboard in the band, and is crazy good!

Here’s a video of Rod Piazza!

Have you ever heard of Rod Piazza?

Do you like his style of Harmonica?

Have you ever seen Rod Piazza Live?

Have you ever heard of The Mighty Flyers Band?

Would you like to learn to play like Rod Piazza?

I love to your feedback please leave any comment or question below, and I will reply as soon as possible!

Thank you for visiting my website please come back in the future as I’m always adding new, and exciting content!

larry@allaboutharmonicas.com

Have a blessed day!

Larry

Small Instrument with Big Sound

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Let me tell you about the amazing sounds, that you can get from such a tiny instrument, compare to other instruments that are played. When you look at a harmonica, they don’t really look like much, some harmonicas can fit in the palm of your hand, and can get amazing sound effects, by cupping your hand over the harmonica, you can create the Wawa sound effect, for the train sound. Other harmonicas it takes both © Copyright 2010 CorbisCorporationhands to hold it like the one I show here.

 

 

There are so many different styles, and shapes, of a harmonica now, compared to years ago, I covered that in a earlier post I did. The harmonica can be played soft, and mellow or it can be played loud, and wild when played through a microphone, and amplified. It can create a big sound used in a lot of blues players shows now, and in the past when they were looking for a way to project the sound of the harmonica, to compete with a electric guitar and drums.

I think a lot of people still think of the harmonic, as an instrument that was played around campfires, or sitting on front porches playing it, I believe that people still have this misconception of the harmonica today. The harmonica  has come a long way from when that was true, don’t get me wrong, the harmonica is still used around campfires, and front porches.

But in present times, the harmonica is used in so many different ways, like in big acts, and on big stages, and festivals using guitar amps or P.A.’s to project the sound, now even using wireless systems, like the one I show here.  Along with in-ear monitor systems that are also used now. images-72I actually use a wireless system, and a in ear monitor systems when I perform my shows. Everything has gone high tech keeping up with the rest of the world. I still  use a wired mic, and an amplifier just depending what is needed for the show.

The harmonica is a small instrument with big sound, held together with 2 screws, 2 cover plates, 2 reed plates, upper, and bottom, and 1 comb, that’s it simple right? The construction of the harmonica is simple compared to other instruments, but it’s what’s in the harmonica that makes it special, the top reed plate is the Blow plate, with brass reeds that vibrate, when you pass air through them, which creates the sound, the bottom reed plate, is the Draw plate, with brass reeds that vibrate, when you pass air through them, from drawing in with your breath, which creates the sound.

I’m going to show an example of the harmonicas construction, so you can see what I was talking about earlier, and show the 2 screws, 2 cover plates, 2 reed plates, upper, and bottom, and the comb. download-44

Do you use a wireless system when you play harmonica?

What brand, and model  do you use when playing through a wireless system?

What brand, and model do you prefer when using a wireless system?

Do you use an in ear monitor system when you play harmonica?

What brand, and model do you use when playing through a in ear monitor system?

What brand, and model do you prefer when using a in ear monitor system?

I would love to get your feedback please leave any comments, or questions, and I will reply as soon as possible!

Thank you for visiting my website please come back in the future as I’m alway adding new, and exciting content!

larry@alllaboutharmonicas.com

Have a blessed day!

Larry

 

 

Sugar Blue Harmonica Extraordinaire!

Hello harmonica Lovers!
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I’m going to talking about “James Whiting” more formally known in the harmonica world as “Sugar Blue” born Dec.16th 1949′ in Harlem New York City, he got the name Sugar Blue leaving a concert by “Doc Watson” he found a old box of 78s someone thru out shuffling through the box he came across one by Sidney Blechet that was called “Sugar Blues” he immediately shortened the Blues to just “Blue” and said that’s it! I’ll call myself “Sugar Blue” that was a name that hadn’t been used by any blues harmonica players yet all the good nicknames were already taken. Blue grew up in Harlem New York City, his mother was a singer/dancer at the Apollo Theatre being that she was in the show business Sugar Blue was exposed to a lot of great musicians like Billie Holiday for example and other musicians.  Sugar Blues Aunt gave him his first harmonica he would play along with the radio so he could learn from greats like Stevie Wonder and Bob Dylan to mention a couple. After a while “Sugar Blue” Went by just “Blue” but still uses “Sugar Blue” when he performs he began playing as a street musician in Harlem his first recording was with the great “Brownie McGhee” in 1975.’

Blue met the “Rolling Stones” in Francemick_jagger where he became their studio musician and is hear on several of the Stones songs. He has also performed live with the “Rolling Stones” and was offered a permanent position as their harmonica player but he turned it down to pursue his dreams and goals of his own band.

Blue decided to go back home even though he was sought after as a session player buy a lot of great musicians.  He then decided to go to Chicago and ended up sitting in with all the masters of the blues harmonica players like James Cotton, Big Walter Horton, Junior Wells and Carey Bell. Blue toured for 2 years with his friend and mentor “Willie Dixon” in a band called the “Chicago Blues All Stars.” Then Blue put his own band together in 1983′ called “Blue’s Star” he received a Grammy Award in 1985′ on Atlantic Records for his music.

Blue has performed at many festivals with artist like B.B.King and Muddy Waters he also pursued Television and Movies which he is featured on both and has performed with Ray Charles, Fats Domino and even Jerry Lee Lewis such a diversity of talent that Blue performed with. Blue has traveled all over the world playing at festivals in USA, Africa, Montreal and Europe.

Sugar Blue has learned to play with a singular note style soulfully with bends and shakes and precision technique that sets him apart from other great harmonica players he is also known for his bandolero of harmonicas he wears when he performs and is featured sb-john-popper-articlehere with “John Popper” who also has a bandolero of harmonicas who performs with his band the “Blues Travelers.” Sugar Blue has an amazing soulful voice when he sings but his unbelievable harmonica playing overshadows it.

 

 

 

Here’s a video of “Sugar Blue”

Have you ever heard of Sugar Blue?

Tell me what you think of Sugar Blue?

Do you know anyone else that plays like  Sugar Blue does?

I would to get your feedback please leave any comment or questions below and I will reply as soon as I can.

Thank you for visiting my website please come back in the future as I’m always adding new and exciting content.

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Have a blessed day!

Larry

Hot Female Harmonica Players!

Hello Harmonica Lovers!

I’m going to be talking about one of many female great harmonica players that is a  multi-talented singer/songwriter who is a  Percussionist who plays Piano, Guitar and harmonica is there anything this girl can’t do? OK! Who am I talking about her name is Trinatrinahamlin Hamlin she was brought up in the Midwest Minneapolis Minnesota and earned a music degree from Berklee College where she studied music. She has played at numerous Jazz Festivals like the Newport Jazz Festival and other Festivals she has five albums produced on her own and has Pure Raw Talent! She moved to New York City after college and performed with a band called Blue Leaves. In the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival she was voted most wanted new artist. She has also appeared on TV late Night with Conan O’Brian also her harmonica music has been chosen for Dawson’s Creek, Bravo’s, Lifetimes and MTV The Real World. She has said to be one of the best harmonica players of all times she toured with New Folk Artist Susan Wemer all through 2011. Trina has a unique combination of Ballads, Folk. Rock and Blues that has given her a steady following and is sought after by some Nationally known Singer/Songwriters wheater in the studio or live on stage.

She’s Simply an Amazing Pure Raw Talent Harmonica Player!

Here’s a video showing off that Pure Raw Talent!

Please let me know what you think about Trina Hamlin?

Have you ever heard of her before?

Do you like her harmonica playing?

I would love to get your feedback on this please leave any comments or questions below and I will respond as soon as possible.

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Have a blessed day!

Larry

Repairing your Harmonicas

Hello Harmonica Lovers!

I’m going to be talking about repairing your harmonicas, and harmonica tuning that you can do yourself, with some practice on some old harmonicas, until you get good at it. I would suggest not trying it on one of your good harmonicas, or expensive ones. Depending on what your harmonica is doing, determines on how you go about repairing it. If when you blow, or draw a hole, and get no sound out of it, that is usually because of some sort of obstruction like food particles, normally that’s why you should never eat, and play a harmonica, I covered that in a earlier post on The Care of your Harmonica!  The way to repair your harmonica is to remove the cover screws, or nails on the cover plates, and place the screws inside the cover plates. so as not to lose them. When you open the harmonica up, you will see a reed plate with three large holes, and three screw attaching it, this reed plate is the top plate, the blow reeds. The  bottom plate has three small holes, and three screws attaching it, this is the draw reeds. Look at the hole that’s not playing, and see if there’s something in it, or on the reeds, to keep it from vibrating, if so take a toothpick, or a pick from the Lee Oskar repair tool kit, and pry it out carefully then try playing the harmonica again, it will play with the cover plates off, if you don’t obstruct the reeds with your mouth or mustache. That’s an  easy fix, also if you get no sound out of a hole, it might just have too much moisture in it to play, so gently tap it in the palm of your hand, to release the moisture out it then try playing it again. If your harmonica has a buzzing sound, or no response, this is usually means a reed is out of alignment which prevents the reed from vibrating freely. The way to repair this, is with the cover plates off,  find the reed out of alignment, use a small wrench, and move it back into alignment, but be careful not to move it back, and forth too much, or you will loosen the rivet, and you won’t be able to adjust it.

If the harmonica sounds flat on a note, or sharp you can repair it, but this is a little bit more complicated, and delicate so practice on your old cheap harmonicas, or ones you don’t care about, until you get proficient at it. With the cover plates off, remove the three screws from the reed plate, and put them in a safe place for when you put the harmonica back together, also be sure to put the three  screws, back in the reed plate, exactly how you removed them, this is important. Ok with the reed plate off, handle it by the edges, not touching the reeds, lay it on a flat surface, then slide a index card, or stiff paper under the reed to lift it up, then with a jewelers file, gently file off the end of the reed, away from the rivet to raise the pitch. Gently file the back closes to the rivet on the reed, to lower the pitch. Some harmonica designers like Lee Oskar has taken all that work out of this, and made it a lot easier with “The Art of Harmonica Maintenance Manual, and Repair Tool Kit.” Also rebuildable images (43)harmonicas with replacement reed plates, that you can install easily, and quick for half the price of a new harmonica, well worth checking out. I have a Lee Oskar Tool Kit and I love it, but it mainly works on Lee Oskar harmonicas, all though you can use, some of the tool on other brands of harmonicas too. I did a earlier  post on Lee Oskar Harmonicas Rebuildable  that you can check out, it’s worth checking out!

Please let me know if you have tried, any of these ways of repairing your broken harmonicas?

Have you had success at repairing your harmonicas?

Have you ever heard of the Lee Oskar Harmonica System?

Which repair technique do like the best?

I would love to get you feedback, please leave any comments, or questions below, and I will reply as soon as possible.

Thank you for visiting my website, please come back in the future, as I’m always adding new, and exciting content.

Have a blessed day!

Larry

Different Pricing of Harmonicas

Hello Harmonica Lovers!

“Harmonica Prices”

I’m going to talking about the best harmonica for the price depending on the quality and craftsmanship of the harmonica. Harmonicas range from $10 to $100 or more depending on if it’s a custom harmonica which can be more expensive than a manufacture like Hohner or Lee Oskar or Suzuki these brands have harmonicas that are in the range around $60 but purchased through my website they range around $40 so you save money. Ok less talk about the less expensive harmonicas and the craftsmanship and price of these harmonicas.

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A less expensive harmonica would be a Silver Swan diatonic 10-hole harmonica that sells for around $10 with S&H purchased from my website normally around $15. Harmonicas that are less expensive are not airtight which makes them harder to play and you must put more air through them but are still a playable harmonica. It’s all about what you’re looking for in a harmonica and personal choice.

One of my favorite harmonicas and the one I use mostly in my Shows is the Hohner Special 20 Major Diatonic 10- hole harmonica which sells for about $60 but purchased through my website they sell for about $40 you save money again. The Hohner Special 20 is used by Harmonica Great “John Popper” from the (Blues Travelers Band) and other great harmonica players.

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The Special 20 is a Quality harmonica that is airtight and easy to play right out of the box and easy to bend notes this harmonica is used in Rock, Country, Blues & Folk music. I prefer the Hohner Special 20 over the Hohner Marine Band because I perform a lot of shows on the beaches of Florida which has salty ocean air which is not good for your harmonicas especially the Hohner Marine Band because it has a wood comb in it which causes swelling and shrinking where the Hohner Special 20 has a plastic comb and can withstand the elements of the weather better than the wood comb. I covered this in an earlier post about the care of your harmonica!  

The Marine Band 1896/20 named for the year it was brought into the harmonica world famous for its twenty reeds this harmonica has been one of the most popular models from Hohner for years. The Marine Band has a wood comb which I mentioned earlier that can swell and shrink so better used indoors than outdoors. Some of the harmonica greats that play this harmonica are Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young and Little Walter this harmonica is used for Blues and Rock primarily. Over the years Hohner has perfected their craft and introduced several new models that can handle the elements of the weather better such as the Hohner Crossover which has a bamboo comb and is sealed for avoiding moisture which causes swelling and shrinking in the Marine Band. I have an earlier post on Hohner Crossover that you can check out tells you all about the hohner crossover harmonica and all the upgrades that it has and it’s pricing.

Please let me know what you think about the different pricing of harmonicas?

Please let me know what you think about the difference in the qualities of the harmonicas that I talked about?

What kind of price and quality do you prefer in a harmonica?

I would love to hear your feedback on this please leave any comments or questions below and I will reply as soon as possible.

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Have a blessed day!

Larry

 

Styles of playing the Harmonica

Hello Harmonica Lovers!

I’m going to be talking about playing the harmonica in different styles!

The most common styles are Blues, Rock and Country: played with a  Diatonic 12 key harmonica is used in most of these styles played in the 2nd position or cross harp as it’s known in the harmonica world. The main keys used for this style are A,C,D,E,B,G,Bb and F. I wrote a post earlier about the Lee Oskar harmonica the “Melody Maker” which is specially designed for cross harp playing but they only come in the keys A,C,E and G. The cross harp position allows you to ben and overblow notes for the proper sound that you want for the music you’re playing. Blues and Rock are used alot in the cross harp position to get the bends and wails! These keys can also be used for melodies which changes your style of playing from cross harp to straight harp playing mostly blow notes when playing melodies.

Folk,Celtic and Old Time Music: played completely different from Blues or Rock playing. These styles are primarily played in the 1st position called the straight harp position used in melodies mostly blow notes.

Bluegrass: In bluegrass playing the harmonica has the same role as the fiddle played with a C-Major diatonic harmonica using overblows it can actually sound like a fiddle. Bluegrass is a complicated music so a Chromatic harmonica is best used for most of the playing but you can use a 12 key diatonic with overblows like I stated in this post.

Jazz: The harmonica best used for this kind of music is a harmonica XB-40 xb40harmonica XB-40  but again you can also use a 12 key diatonic harmonica if you use bends & overblows where there needed in the music. The most common keys used in Jazz are Bb,Eb and Ab.

Classical: The best harmonica used for this style is the Chromatic harmonica playing mostly chords. Playing fast runs like Flight of the Bumblebee you can use a Polyphonia  harmonica. Chord  Harmonica is used to play most chord parts in the song. Horn Harmonica are used in certain songs that require that special sound. Bass Harmonica are used when you want to get a low range sound. Classical Music is about technique and understanding the actual music.

Please let me know what you think about these different styles and the post I wrote?

Have you ever used any of these styles before?

Which style do you prefer?

Why do you prefer that style?

I would love to get your feedback and know what you think about these different styles please leave any comments or questions below and I will reply as soon as possible.

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Have a blessed day!

Larry

 

The Care of your Harmonica!

Hello Harmonica Lovers!

(Take Care of your Harmonica)

I’m going to be talking about harmonica maintenance taking care of your harmonica so that it performs better and is clean inside and out to be able to give you a long enjoyable time with your harmonica. It also allows you to not have to replace your harmonicas so quickly. Just like other wind instruments harmonicas get moisture in them which can create a problem when playing them it also can create rust on the outside cover plate. The best way to keep your harmonica clean while playing it is to tap your harmonica on your hand to get the moisture out then wipe it off with a soft cloth.

Always store your harmonicas in a case the best cases are hard cases to protect your harmonica from the weather and from dropping it and keeping it from dust. If you look into a single case for your harmonica you can choose the one you need they come in hard and soft style if you need a case for more than one harmonica you might want to look into cases for harmonicas in different sizes and styles which can store 12 diatonic a couple of larger harmonicas and even a your microphone it’s a smart investment.

Here’s a picture of a couple of harmonica cases that mentioned above!


Harmonica Case (Hard Style) holds 12 diatonic harmonicas and one Chromatic harmonica
Harmonica Case (Soft Style) ‘holds one diatonic harmonica


Avoid extreme temperatures if you’re using wood comb harmonicas as they are susceptible to temperature change subjected to shrinking and swelling. Plastic combs are more tolerant to weather and temperatures and have a longer lifespan than the wood combs. Avoid excessive moisture (NEVER DUNK YOUR HARMONICAS INTO WATER, BEER OR ANY KIND OF LIQUID!) Even if it’s a plastic comb harmonica it can rust the reed plates, reeds, bolts and screws. Avoid dust and any other particles in your harmonicas dust can interfere with the movement of the reed making it sound different. Never eat and play your harmonicas food particles can clog up your harmonica. Avoid the Beach if possible salty air can cause rust on your reeds which shortens the lifespan of the harmonica.

Routine Cleaning: After playing your harmonica shake it a little bit and tap it against the palm of your hand to knock the moisture out of it wipe it off with a clean soft cloth. Every so often use rubbing alcohol and cotton balls to clean the cover plates and mouthpiece

Heavy Cleaning: 1: Lay a towel down remove cover plate screws some cover plates use Phillips head screws and some use Flat head screws use the appropriate screwdriver to remove the screws from the cover plates “don’t lose the screws.” Spray both sides of the cover plates with rubbing alcohol then wipe with a clean soft cloth.
2: Remove reed plates: remove screws from the reed plates and place in a safe place for reassembly.

3: Soak the reed plates: soak the reed plates in a solution of warm water and vinegar or lemon juice let soak for a half hour.

4: Clean the comb: while the red plates are soaking clean the comb with soap & water if it’s a plastic comb use a soft toothbrush to remove the deposits off the comb. You can also spray the comb with rubbing alcohol and brush it with a soft toothbrush.

5: Clean the reed plates: Remove the reed plates from the soaking solution use a soft toothbrush to brush the reed plate gently brush the reed plates along the reed from the rivets down don’t brush against the reeds or snag it this can damage the reeds. Then run the reed plates under warm water to rinse it off.

6: Reassemble: Let all parts of the harmonica dry completely before reassembly tighten all the screw evenly and gradually before tightening them as far as they go. make sure you put you put the right screws into the reed plates & cover plates they are different screws.

 

“TAKE CARE OF YOUR INSTRUMENT AND IT WILL HAVE A LONG HAPPY LIFE!”

Please let me know what you think about my post on the care of your harmonica?

Have you ever used any of these suggestions on the care of your harmonica?

How long do your harmonicas last?

I would love to hear your feedback and know what you think please leave any comments or questions below and I will reply as soon as possible.

Thank you for visiting my website please come back in the future as I’m always adding new and exciting content to my website!

Have a blessed day!

Larry