What are you all using these days for tuning harps? I've been tuning my own harps for probably 15 years now. I use an old Richard Sleigh draw scraper and some cheap hobby files.
The draw scraper is losing its edge and I don't have the tools to fix it. And the files leave a lot to be desired. Was wondering what others are using and if there is anything better or easier out there?
I'm not interested in any full tool sets. I have what I need and like what I have. I'm just looking for files or scrapers for re-tuning reeds. Thanks.
Tom Halchak turned me on to a particular rotary tool which cost about $60 Australian, which is what I use for most jobs. Draw scraper still sees some use, mainly on brass blow reeds when fine tuning assembled harps.
For years I used a Grobet diamond cut three square file on brass reeds and a little F Dick flat file on steel. The F Dick file is one grade more aggressive but I've forgotten the specific grades. That rotary gizmo is the way to go though. The foot pedal makes it great to use. I avoid engraving tools wherever possible. They're too aggressive. I use the finest sanding cylinders I can easily obtain. Lots of people are using polishing pins and they do a great job
I keep my "good" sharp tools for brass. I have a separate kit for steel reeds. I try to not use sharpness to deal with the steel reeds so I rely on abrasion to tune them. I reuse the rivets to attach new reeds rather than reaming the rivet hole to take a screw (it's easier anyway). Dealing with steel reeds became much simpler when I got that "nail drill" tool. I used to dread tuning steel harps because it took so much filing. Now it's not much different to tuning a brass reed harp, although it does wear out the sanding barrels faster
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