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Paper combs?  Linen combs?  MICARTA
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Todd Parrott
883 posts
Mar 20, 2012
11:21 PM
This is a new comb material now being offered by Chris Reynolds at www.blowyourbrassoff.com. The black comb pictured below is paper micarta, and the red comb is linen micarta.

Micarta is a material made by layering materials like paper, linen, denim, etc., with resin and fibers. The finished result is a comb with a feel and texture very similar to Corian (almost identical), though according to Chris, micarta is a much stronger/less fragile material than Corian, making breakage less likely if the harp is accidentally dropped. This is due partly to the way it's made and the fibers it contains. I will always love Corian, however, micarta is quickly becoming one of my favorite materials as well.

Some of you may recall Buddha posting about making combs from old denim shortly before his untimely passing. This is the same material. (Buddha's original post discusses how the material is made.) The red color is the absolute BEST option for someone wishing to stick with the classic look of the Golden Melody. The color is nearly identical to the stock red comb color. There's also an ivory color (not pictured) that is cool looking as well.









Last Edited by on Mar 20, 2012 11:23 PM
Rubes
492 posts
Mar 21, 2012
1:14 AM
how do you write the sound of Homer drooling........... :~]
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Libertad
49 posts
Mar 21, 2012
4:18 AM
Does having such rounded comb ends effect tongue blocking? Seems more than usual?
Piro39
23 posts
Mar 21, 2012
5:41 AM
I find the radius tines on Chris Reynold's combs great for tongue blocking. It adds a new level of awareness to your tongue and is very comfortable taking only a few minutes to get use to.
laurent2015
62 posts
Mar 21, 2012
9:36 AM
Interesting, and not pricey for a new material.
I saw that for the MB 1896, the combs are not drilled; do you think there's a risk to drill them with ordinary tools?
Anyway, it's useful to replace the 1896's original wooden combs...and the 22 nails!
Todd Parrott
884 posts
Mar 21, 2012
9:51 AM
@laurent2015 - I think that's a mistake in the drop-down menu. He does offer Marine Band combs that are drilled.
nacoran
5419 posts
Mar 21, 2012
12:01 PM
Cool! Chris makes gorgeous combs.

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MP
2109 posts
Mar 21, 2012
12:47 PM
i really like the stock GM combs until they crumble and i hate them. :)

now i have Hetrick red dymonwood and mahogany on them.

the combs above are pretty sweet Todd. i recently worked on a chris reynolds corian w/ protruding comb teeth.

no problem playing it at all.
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MP
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Todd Parrott
885 posts
Mar 21, 2012
1:27 PM
Very cool STME58!

@MP - Yes, the red dymondwood is nice - I also have one of those from Chris, but this color of red micarta is the closest thing I've found to the stock red GM color, except this stuff won't chip like the cheap plastic does.

I actually prefer the micarta over the dymondwood, as it's easier to clean.
nacoran
5422 posts
Mar 21, 2012
2:16 PM
STME58- cool link! That's up in my neck of the woods!

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MP
2110 posts
Mar 21, 2012
2:28 PM
yes Todd,

dymonwood can and will darken unless you ride heard on cleaning it often. i keep a 2oz spray bottle of alcohol handy. then wipe w/ a small square of t-shirt.
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MP
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"making the world a better place, one harmonica at a time"


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