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Harmonica Tools and Parts
Here you'll find a range of tools and parts to help you get the most out of your harp. We stock a range of custom made tools and parts from Andrew Zajac in Canada. These include custom combs for many of the most popular diatonic harmonicas, tuners, embossing kits and various toolkits.
Out of stockThese are the tools you need to keep your harmonicas sounding great and playing well. You may also use these tools to correct factory defects to make your instruments more powerful and play more smoothly. Includes: Brass reed tool Dual Reed wrench Reed support tool with tail 18g Hockey Stick Grobet file Compact Reed Plate Claws™ Shim Stock Assortment of stainless steel screws. These are replacement screws for any popular model of diatonic harmonica. Optional: -Reed Replacement kit. Replace blown-out reeds like you change strings on a guitar. -Embossing Tool Increase the efficiency of the reed as it goes through the slot. _______________________ This kit provides what you need to work on harps anywhere. Use this kit to: -Adjust reed shape and gap -Fix tuning troubles without having to take apart your harp! -Fix Reed Centering -Replace lost screws -Correct the most common manufacturer defect and give your harmonicas more power.... Read more
Out of stockVersion 3 includes over 9 hours worth of videos of which 2 hours and 30 minutes are Premium videos. Premium videos go into unprecedented details and show you topics that have never been shown before. Learn to repair, upgrade or customize your own harmonicas to make each one of them a high-quality instrument. A well-playing harmonica is a joy to play. Many harmonicas require a lot of effort to play and it makes you feel like you are fighting with the instrument. That can leave you questioning your skills or thinking about giving up. There is no reason playing harmonica should feel like work - it should be FUN! On my USB drive you will find over 30 of my best YouTube videos teaching most customization and repair topics. In addition to those popular videos, I created 15 new Premium videos that are only available on this USB drive. These videos go into unprecedented details and have best video and sound quality. I show you topics that have never been shown before. All videos are organised and come with 50 pages of printed documents to which you can refer as you watch the videos. Charts and checklists are included. For those who want to spend as little time as possible working on their harps, I have a Quick-and-Dirty section which includes useful instructions on how to get surprisingly effective results FAST! - The "Silver Bullet": how to make up to 90 per cent of harmonicas from the factory play louder, bend easier and have better tone. - Five Minute Reed Work: What do you do when gapping doesn't work? You fix the reeds. Here's how. - Gapping strategy: Here's how I gap any harp to get the same results every time. - Tuning repair: Spend less time tuning by zeroing-in on the problem notes. Support and updates: With the purchase of these videos you get email support: Ask me anything! I'm not done! I will continue to make new videos. I will also provide a method for you to get updates and access new videos as I make them. ... Read more
Out of stockAndrew Zajac Embossing Tool - (New version 2021-06!) This tool is made from tempered high-carbon steel and both tips are finished by hand. The tips are carefully sharpened to the correct specification to allow it to emboss the slot effectively without shredding or otherwise damaging the slot. I ensure that each tip is perfect. Embossing increases the efficiency of the reed as it goes through the slot. By using a tool to press down onto the edges of the slot, a small ridge of metal is created in the slot. This ridge decreases the space between the reed and the slot. The closer tolerance will cause the reed to make more sound and require less breath force to activate. To benefit most from embossing, you need to emboss the entire slot. For a quick shortcut, see these instructions on only embossing half of the slot. Full-length slot embossing can be easy! The embossing tool is effective on stainless steel as well as brass reed plates. I recommend using a mineral oil when using this tool. If you over-emboss a slot, the presence of oil also speeds up the process of plinking and clearing away burs. The tool is made small because embossing is more about precision than force. Apply pressure with your fingers instead of the weight of your arm and you will save time and have a lot of success. The tool can be groomed with some fine sandpaper once in a while to keep it in working order for a very long time - at least several hundred harps. You won't have to worry about wearing it out.... Read more
Out of stockAndrew Zajac Extended French Tuner - You don't need bulky, expensive and complicated equipment to tune your harmonica with great precision. The French Tuner™ helps you use your mouth and ears to quickly tune the blow reed plate of a diatonic harmonica. The French Tuner™ helps you eliminate beating and provide smooth chords. Perfect tuning can only be achieved with both reed plates are attached to the comb and with a lot of attention to detail. But for most players, the French Tuner™ provides excellent results after just one pass. It's the quickest and easiest way to improve the tuning of the blow plate. Its precision design allows the French Tuner to work on all major brands of 10-hole diatonic harmonicas including Seydel (which have wider spaced holes) and many 12-hole harps. It will not fit the larger Hohner 364 and 365 harmonicas but contact me if you are interested in a French Tuner that is custom made to fit these harmonicas. The French Tuner is not just for tuning! Use it to speed up other important tweaks: - Use the French Tuner to help adjust reed profiles. The French Tuner will isolate a reed while the plate is off the comb and allow you to play the reed to assess and make fine-grained changes to reed shape. Pucker or tongue-block embouchure can be used to best help you adjust your reeds to your playing style. - The French Tuner will help you with embossing. If you are a player who doesn't like the sound of a tightly embossed harmonica, make fine-grained adjustments to the slot while using your ears. Gradually emboss the slot until you reach the sweet spot where you get maximum responsiveness without making the tone too bright. - The French Tuner is perfectly flat and can be used as a reference to improve air seal. Use the French Tuner and a source of bright light to look for uneven areas of the blow reed plate.... Read more
Out of stockAndrew Zajac Flatness Tool and Reed Plate Claws - Use these tools to flatten the comb and reed plates. Straight, flat reed plates fitted to a flat comb are the best framework for the reeds. Even a thousandth of an inch of space between the comb and reed plate means the reed will be less efficient at converting air flow into decibels. With a good frame, the reeds can function the way they are supposed to. Want even more power? A good frame also means reed work becomes much simpler because all sides of the slot are at the same level and are well supported. A good foundation is mandatory for best results when doing reed work. The Flatness Tool™ is used to measure flatness. It is an extremely precise straight edge reference. It has a reed groove so that it can be used on both reed plates as well as the comb. One you find where the comb or the reed plate is not flat, you can correct it. The Flatness Tool™ can also be used to make combs extremely flat. My method of flattening combs is very easy to learn with a little practice. There is no guesswork involved since you are using a proper reference as your guide. My Dark combs are the flattest combs on the market. Use this tool to make any other sandwich-type comb just as flat as mine. Use the Reed Plate Claws™ on both the blow and draw reed plates. Straighten the draw plate before flat sanding it. On the blow plate, the reeds get in the way of flat sanding so all you need to do is straighten them using the reed plate claws. You may use the edge of a reed plate to check the flatness of the other plate. However, I do not recommend using a reed plate to gauge the flatness of a comb. You will likely get false measurements which will lead to over-sanding the comb as you try to correct what you believe is a defect. It's not easy to undo oversanding - this type of feedback loop can be fatal. The Reed Plate Holder will help you hold the reed plate steady as you straighten it with the Reed Plate Claws. Once you get comfortable with the claws, you may no longer need the Reed Plate Holder. It has two slots to accommodate many different sizes of reed plates. Use the smallest slot that fits. The Reed Plate Holder ships with a sticker on the under side. The adhesive will help hold the plate in place. Once it loses its stickiness, you can peel it off and replace it with any kind of tape you have on hand. If you no longer need the additional help from the adhesive, don't bother replacing it.... Read more
Out of stockAndrew Zajac Reed Replacement Kit Includes: - Stainless steel reed replacement screws (75 pieces screws and washers) - M1.4 tap and pin vise - 3/64" drill bit - Reed removal spine - Hardened and tempered O1 steel reed removal pin - Flattening pin - Rivet bar Two types of screws are provided. 5mm Phillips head screws are easy to handle but require trimming once in place. The shorter flat head screws are harder to pick up with your fingers but don't need to be cut. (Dip your screwdriver in Vaseline to make the tiny screw stick to the tip!) Washers are a big help to keep the reed in place as you tighten the screw. With a little practice, you won't even need to use a washer. You will need some extra items. These items are so common that I chose not to include them in the kit to keep the cost down. They are easily found at a hardware store for less than a total of £10. Items you will need (not included): - Small Phillips head screwdriver - flush cutting pliers - A brick or a small anvil; or something else that's flat and heavy. At a minimum, you need two pounds of weight. The more mass you have under your reed plate, the easier it will be to do the job. - Flat sanding surface (a flat board and a sheet of 220 grit sandpaper - the same thing as in preparing a reed plate for a flat comb) and a little extra sandpaper. - 1/16", 5/64" and 3/32" drill bit - small hammer - A reed wrench (you won't find this in a hardware store... Click below to add one to the kit.) - New reeds. You can scavenge a new reed from another reed plate or contact Hohner or Seydel and buy individual reeds from them.... Read more
Out of stockHohner Instant Workshop Toolkit - The Harmonica Service Set contains everything you need for basic harmonica maintenance. In combination with our online tutorials, this small assortment of high quality tools for tuning, reed adjustment and valve replacement is also suitable for players taking their first steps in harmonica maintenance. The Instant Workshop Toolkit is an extended version of the basic set, featuring specialized tools for reed replacement. Recommended for experienced harmonica technicians only. 1 combination de-riveting tool 1 reamer 1.4 - 1 universal holder 1 drill bit - 1 tap 1.4 1 screwdriver 1 star nut spanner 50 nuts 1.4 50 stud bolts 1.4 2 manuals 1 DVD Please be aware that harmonica maintenance and repair demands a light touch and needs to be learned. We recommend working on an old instrument first and accept no liability for any consequences arising from use of these tools or the techniques described in the online tutorials.... Read more
Out of stockUse these acoustic coupling elements, together with the ACE 48 harmonica, to dynamically influence the acoustic coupling and thus the sound, as well as vary the instrument weight according to your own needs.... Read more
Why Buy Harmonica Tools?
Most harmonicas are mass produced and, as a consequence, greatly benefit from fettling. With the correct tools this can be a simple and rewarding process that can massively improve the tone and playability of your harmonica.
Furthermore, it can open up new avenues of playing, such as making overblows more easily accessible.
Custom combs can improve airtightness, as they are flattened to much finer tolerances than production combs. Improved airtightness has beneficial effects on both tone and the feel of your harmonica.
Marine Band Conversions
Hohner's Marine Band Classic has featured a vintage nailed together construction since its first production run over a century ago. Whilst this lends it a retro quality and authenticity, it doesn't do so much for airtightness or the ease of changing reed plates. Zajac's inexpensive Marine Band Conversion Kit can be installed on the 1896 Classic with a few simple tools, and dramatically improves the playability and ease of maintenance of this popular harmonica.
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