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How's the Seydel 1847 Low Tone?
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2 posts
Jun 05, 2021
4:29 PM
Hi there, anyone bought one of those over-built 1847 in Low Keys?

Do they play good out of the box?

Also, is it OK to dip that harp in soapy water once in a while to clean crap out of the comb? They say the wood comb is lacquered... but is it really? Or is it like the Marine Bands, where they advertise lacquer but it's really only the front teeth (at least with my hohners)
273 posts
Jun 06, 2021
1:06 AM
I have some low Seydel harps. They hold up well and are fine. I haven't gone the soapy water route. But I retired and sold mine because I prefer low key Suzuki Manjis and Brendan Power's Lucky 13 bass blues harmonicas. It's personal preference.
2087 posts
Jun 12, 2021
4:20 PM
I have a low F Seydel Noble that I really like. I do rinse it out to clean it as with the aluminum comb and stainless reeds, water won't hurt it much. I have had it for many years and have replaced reeds and reed plates at times, but it is still in my kit and used quite a bit.

On a side note, I have had harps with aluminum combs and brass reeds and found that when there is a scratch in the anodize on the comb, you get a small voltage when you connect the aluminum with the brass with your tongue. This is experienced as a strong salty taste.
6969 posts
Jun 12, 2021
5:04 PM
Marine bands are sealed, but not laquered apart from the mouth side of the deluxe and the crossover. They rinse OK, but don't soak them or put away wet.
It's been a while since I looked at the 1847 maple comb. They are definitely lacquered on the mouthpiece but i dunno about the rest.. Maple would need to be sealed though so I reckon it is, even if it's hard to tell by looking.
Personally, if I rinsed it I would omit the soap, and if I really wanted to clean it I would take it apart.
They probably play fine. The only Seydel harps I care for are a couple of low keys I have. I've seen/played quite a few of their products and imho they seem to have worked out how to do that (low tuned) better than some.

Last Edited by SuperBee on Jun 12, 2021 9:57 PM
16 posts
Jun 21, 2021
8:35 AM
I have a Seydel Noble in low A and it's pretty fun, airtight and even allows some kind of bends in the low end :)

About the combs: I haven't seen a comb from the classic low series yet, but the combs from the Seydel classic series are fully sealed, but laquered ONLY on the "outside" - on the places which contact with air. The sides which contact with the reedplates and aren't usually seen are not lacquered. I wouldn't put that harp in any liquid... But it's very easy to take them apart because of the full-screwed construction.

Last Edited by Troni on Jun 21, 2021 8:35 AM
10 posts
Jun 21, 2021
11:01 PM
Sounds good!
I bought a set of 9 Low Tones, I'll let you know when I pick them up!
833 posts
Jun 23, 2021
5:26 AM
I have some of the Seydel wide body low tone harmonicas. Low G,Lo A and LLE. They play very good, I really like them. They can be mustache pullers.
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3356 posts
Jun 24, 2021
4:38 AM
I am on the fence re: cleanup. If it's a quick job I just do a warm light water rinse. If I have to go in and check a reed I do a disassemble and then clean with alcohol and a lint free cloth and maybe a small brush. The 1847 I have noticed that taste on one I have. Stainless comb I think.
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