Q: How do I get rid of buzzing in my chromatic?

A: This is probably caused by one of the windsavers getting a bit stuck. Windsavers are the little plastic valves that are over the reeds. You can un-stick them using a toothpick or other sharp but soft device. Note that windsavers in on he draw notes are outside the reed plates, but that the windsavers on the blow reeds are on the inside. Sometimes there is a pair of windsavers in a hole (two on top of each other) -- BB

(FMI: "Re:buzzing chromatic" 23 Nov 94 RM) (FMI: "Re: Windsavers (another source)" 27 mar 95 JE)


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I began collecting data about the microphones used by blue harp players before there was an internet. I began organizing it into JT30.com in the late 1990s. I accumulated more stuff than I remember. This is some of it.

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A Harp Player’s Guide to Music Theory

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A guide to learning to play Blues Harp

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A collection of songs and riffs that I’ve worked out over the years, plus some libraries of stuff I’ve converted to tablature. I’ve included most of the notes and instructions that helped me when I was learning to play blues harmonica.

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