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Harp manufacturers do not provide tuning info?
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81 posts
Mar 10, 2018
7:34 AM
Is this correct that Harmonica manufacturing companies , Hohner , Suzuki and all others do not publicly and officially provide tuning information of their products?

If so why ?

If this is some how a company's secret is it difficult for competing companies with the technology available simply learn how precisely harmonicas are tuned? So what is the secret ?
131 posts
Mar 10, 2018
8:51 AM
If they gave out the tuning for each of the reeds, there would probably be warranty calls from anyone with a tuner, ya got to figure that after bouncing around the globe a harp doesn't reach you in the same condition as when it left the factory.
82 posts
Mar 10, 2018
10:48 AM
Wow that can not be a logical reason for not giving out the tuning . They could put a note in harmonica instruction explaining things
5318 posts
Mar 10, 2018
1:08 PM
I found tuning offsets detailed on Seydel website
Info is out there if you look.
Pat missin site is good but you have to dig around and download a zip file
More than once Ive given you a link to a chart with hohner info, annotated by Steve baker who devised the crossover tuning

The basis of tuning i.e. the frequency which = ‘0’ can be at issue.

‘Officially’ the standard is 440 hz for A4
That’s the A in blow 4 of an A harp

However, you’ll see that Baker states that 0 = 443 for his crossover tuning, and i have seen many crossovers which appear to be even brighter than this

I generally use 442 or 443 when i tune. Very rarely my client will have a preference.

I’d say if you would like some broader perspective about tuning it might be a good idea to take these questions to the main forum page rather than the beginners forum. You’ll have a much better chance of initiating a discussion among more participants there

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