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WHERE TO FIND REPAIRMEN ON MBH?
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MP
3496 posts
Dec 01, 2017
4:11 PM
People often e-mail me asking if I know anyone who repairs broken reeds in their area.

It could be Tasmania or San Diego.

I think nacoran? made a list of customizers somewhere but I can't find it.

Might be a good idea to have a plainly visible search for customizers/fixers and where they live-country, state, province, etc. off to the left where there is other info.

A lot of people....believe it or not, just want their harp repaired....No offense to Spiers or Halchack or anyone else.

I understand that Andrew Zajac is no longer doing repairs. He used to be THE GUY for Canadian and anywhere else repairs.

Just a thought....nacoran?

Oh, if there is such a list that is plainly obvious...all apologies.
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SuperBee
5099 posts
Dec 01, 2017
6:28 PM
I love those jobs where I get to just repair the harp. Funny you should post this just now MP; I’m expecting a pack of harps to arrive next week from the fellow you referred to me several years ago, which was the job that started me doing repairs for others. I think this will be the 4th or 5th batch I’ve done for him. He has some very nice harps which are usually interesting to work on.
nacoran
9669 posts
Dec 01, 2017
8:03 PM
My list of customizers is pretty out of date at this point, but you can find it by clicking on my 'Thread Organizer' in my signature, along with some other threads.

I'm working on another MBH thing right now (hopefully I'll have that done within the next few days) and I'll see about checking the FAQ page and making sure it's up to date. I just noticed that a couple links are broken when I checked it.

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Last Edited by nacoran on Dec 01, 2017 8:07 PM
MP
3498 posts
Dec 02, 2017
2:36 PM
Howzit Bee! Good on yah! How long has it been? Was that fellow you mention from 2012 or a bit later? That is so cool you got into doing repairs and have repeat offenders. Little joke, there my friend. You HAVE to absolutely LOVE the harp to get into repairing them. I have loyal customers and if they blow like James Cotton that is completely their own business. A lot of people just love their harps. They get upset when their harps don't work. I can't leave the house w/out mine so I understand completely.
OT sort of... I take a small repair kit with me everywhere I go. It has been very, very, handy. The Korg digital tuner isn't great but will get you in the ballpark if it decides to hear. I take a small clip-on contact mic and plug it into the Korg. It's for tuning saxophones, bagpipes, etc and that mic gives me a reading even if an aircraft or ambulance goes by. Taking my expensive analog tuner is obviously out of the question. Anywaaay....Have a good one!

Howzit nacoran!

Mahalo for taking the time to respond. I know you have more to think about than broken harmonicas. Buuut, you could think of it as a public service and that you are being generous to mankind even if mankind doesn't deserve much sympathy. See yah!
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Last Edited by MP on Dec 02, 2017 3:23 PM
SuperBee
5101 posts
Dec 02, 2017
9:21 PM
G’day MP,
2012 was when you did some repairs for me. Cleaning up yesterday I found the note you included when you sent them back; dated 9-4-2012. To me, that’s April but I expect it means September.
I think I did that first paying job you referred to me in mid 2014. I recall it was winter here and I was having a lot of problems tuning the harps due to condensation. Those were some custom harps by Tim Moyer and another party who’s name I don’t recall. Quite interesting; the Moyer’s were mb plates and covers mounted on sp20 combs.
I later corresponded with Tim; he is a friend of PT Gazell. Unfortunately he had a medical issue which among other things meant he is now unable to do the fine work needed to build harps. It was nice to meet him, and he was pleased to hear some of the harps he built were still employed.
Tim was building harps in the 90s I think, I know he had experimented with using gaskets at one time, but I think gave it up because the cure was more trouble than the disease.

I appreciate the trust people place in me to repair their harps, and I really love putting a great harp back into good shape. its very satisfying. I’m very pleased to repair Phil’s harps. He’s a fine player in a too-loud band, who breaks a reed here and there.
I’m fairly selective now about who I work for. I have a full time job and playing in a band, enjoy the veggie patch and have a partner and daughter. This is not a business for me, I mend my own harps and I do it casually for others. I consider all my current list to be friends.
I’ve just bought one of those fandangled variable speed rotary tools, as working on the Seydels with a file can get to be a drag when you get a bunch that need a lot of work. The flip side is that they tend to stay in tune quite well once they’ve been tuned so the repeat jobs are not too bad. I still should charge extra for them but I can’t bring myself to do it.
It’s a very wet weather weekend here, I’m gonna go do some harp work I think.
See yer round like a rissole,
MP
3500 posts
Dec 04, 2017
5:42 PM
Hey Bee,

Cool. I'm the same. It's not really a business. I advertise on the For Sale Page here and of course every time I post.....but I haven't been posting very often for a couple of years. I don't advertise anywhere else. I've started posting again cuz im visiting MBH just to see what is happening lately. I learn what is currently in favor as the flavour of the month. I learn a lot here. Yes..that is Sept. 4th 2012...in American..heh,heh. See Yah!
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Last Edited by MP on Dec 04, 2017 5:44 PM
MP
3502 posts
Dec 04, 2017
5:49 PM
Here is a list from Nate!!!

Mahalo nacoran!!!

1623 Custom Harmonicas
Andrew Zajac
Beta Harps-Ben Bouman
Harvey Berman(email)
Blue Moon
Bluexlab
Brodur
Builder of Stuff-Chris Reynolds
Chromatic Blues (email)
Custom Harmonicas (Filisko, Sleigh, Gordon, et al)
Dannecker
Deak Harps
Deesfti Harmonica Gaskets
Dortel Harmonicas
Gary Lehmann (Gnarly) (email)
Ergo-Harps-Arnd Hoffmann
Harvey Harp
Henry Slim
Jaharmonicas
Mark Prados (MP) (email)
Mike Peace
Niel Graham
YouTube
Pierre Oeuvray
Mike Peace
Boris Plotnikov
Plunz Special Harp
Masterharp
Sugar Cain
Joe Spiers
Turbo Harp
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Reasonably priced Reed Replacement and tech support on Hand Made Series Hohner Diatonic Harmonicas.

'Making the world a better place, one harmonica at a time.
Click MP for more info. Aloha Mark
.

Last Edited by MP on Dec 04, 2017 5:49 PM


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