The post below is copied verbatim (with permission) from a message by renowned harmonica player Steve Baker to the Harp-L list. We agree with Steve that it’s important news for…

The post below is copied verbatim (with permission) from a message by renowned harmonica player Steve Baker to the Harp-L list. We agree with Steve that it’s important news for harmonica players. His message follows.


Steve Baker



In an unprecedented step for a major harmonica manufacturer, Hohner has released a whole series of professional quality harmonica service videos aimed at the player which have now been uploaded to the links below.

Demonstrated by Gabriela Hand, head of chromatic harmonica manufacture in Trossingen and presented by myself (Steve Baker), these HD videos provide detailed information on many major aspects of harmonica maintenance and also introduce the new Hohner Instant Workshop toolset, designed to enable easy reed replacement in addition to all other maintenance operations covered in the videos. The overall concept is the brainchild of Hohner Service Department head Michael Timler and the official launch will take place at NAMM.

Though primarily dealing with the chromatic harmonica, many of the subjects covered in the videos such as tuning, centering, reed offsetting or reed replacement are applicable to all types of harmonica and will undoubtedly be equally useful for diatonic players. The tools and techniques presented here will also be invaluable for harmonica technicians and may well revolutionize harmonica repair by rendering it accessible to everyman. In an era where more and more commodities are seen as being disposable, it’s a welcome sign that things don’t always have to be throwaway!

Here are the links to the individual videos:

C01 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7Dc3ssh_bM

C02 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDjJIluEX-g

C02.1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ju0FOZcCU4

C03 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8c9MUfhZWJM

C04 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wMlGCMwU8Ko

C05 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12cdfpp2Sg0

C06 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9-31j2nPgE

C07 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfC9OPmhyuU

C08 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-fVReyQfwA8

C08.1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMj9e853zIM

7 Comments

  1. Where can I purchase a replacement reed for a Hohner tenor CX12 (blow hole 6, E, 660 cps)

    Roger

  2. Where Can i get lessons on maintaining and repairing my collection of CX-12’s? I learn well by example and demonstration. but I need to be shown what to look for. The reeds all look the same wether they sound or are silent. In short i need help. So if you or anyone you know of is willing to help an aging hippie stay harp happy PLZ respond or call 775.537.6047.
    Thanks
    Richard
    PS:
    I hope you visit my portfolio site

  3. @Hawk: Sorry, I have no idea whose repair shop you’re talking about, what they repair there, and where it’s located. Try Google.

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