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What's a "single reed-plate harp"?
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2 posts
Dec 15, 2010
8:14 PM
I was reading a page in Howard Levy's website (http://www.levyland.com/harpshop.php) in which he talks about the gear he used on various recordings. There he says:

"Lately, I've switched back to mostly using Filisko single reed- plate harps. His instruments keep getting better and better, and I find that I'm able to get a big sound without blowing as hard, and also able to get all of notes more accurately and without straining.

"I will use the double reed- plate harps occasionally, but mostly it's the singles since this summer. I played my concerto using singles."

What is a single reed-plate harp? (I'm assuming a double reed-plate harp is just the regular old garden variety... is that right?) Did Filisko figure out some way of attaching reeds to both sides of a single reed plate? Why are single-reed-plate harmonicas good? (I'm assuming they must have something going for them if Howard prefers them...)


77 posts
Dec 15, 2010
9:33 PM
.....I once asked James Gordon this question. I don't think he'd mind if I quoted his answer here:

"This quote is in reference to the double thick Filisko reedplates he used to play. Due to advancements in reed action setting these are no longer necessary nor advantageous. Thus Howard is playing single plate Filiskos now. A single plate Harmonica is what a standard Harmonica is and has a single plate on each side,blow and draw."

3 posts
Dec 15, 2010
10:01 PM
Thanks mercedesrules... mystery solved!

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