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Making grooves on special 20 reeds plates to fit
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san76ya
1 post
Jan 30, 2021
12:38 AM
Please kindly share me the technical points if any one done the special 20 customized with wooden comb.
florida-trader
1530 posts
Feb 01, 2021
9:51 AM
Once upon a time, when I made only flat combs for the Special 20, I used a table say with a carbite tipped blade to cut grooves in Special 20 reed plates. I turned the blade to a 45 degree angle and set the height so that just the very corner of the blade stuck up from the table. Worked perfectly. You will also want to bend the front lip of the covers down a bit too so they catch the groove you plan to make. Stock Special 20 covers are designed to sit on top of the reed plates since the comb is lipped. You want the leading edge to sit down in the groove if you follow through with your project. When you are finished, you have essentially converted a Special 20 into a Marine Band. Nothing wrong with that, but if you want a Marine Band, why not just get a Marine Band? Or instead of using a flat comb you could purchase a custom made recessed comb. Just sayin'.

https://bluemoonharmonicas.com/collections/hohner-special-20
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Tom Halchak
Blue Moon Harmonicas
Blue Moon Harmonicas

Last Edited by florida-trader on Feb 01, 2021 9:51 AM


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