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Replacing reed plates in most harmonicas is a relatively simple job that can save a significant amount of money compared to replacing the entire harmonica. The Harmonica Company stocks a wide range of plates in various keys from the leading manufacturers, including Hohner, Lee Oskar, Seydel and Suzuki.
15 Keys availableThe Hohner TM132 Reed Plates are designed to fit Hohner's Big River Harp, Blues Harp & Pro Harps. These reed plates are sold in pairs (top and bottom plate). It is always worth having spare reed plates, as fitting them can be done in as little as 5 minutes, and they can return a faulty harp back to full glory at significantly less expense than the price of a complete harmonica. All that is required to change reed plates is a small Phillips screwdriver and a little patience! Although these reed plates will fit the Meisterklasse 580/20 MS harmonica, this is not recommended, as the Meisterklasse achieves much of its tone from the thicker 1.05mm reed plates that come as standard. For Richter Modular System Models, Brass, 0.9mm. (E.g. Big River, Blues Harps and Pro Harp) TM132 Reed Plates: C, Db, D, Eb, E, F, G, Ab, A, Bb, B Made in Germany Return your harmonica to new for significantly less expense than purchasing a new harp. About Hohner Hohner has been manufacturing harmonicas in Germany since the middle of the 19th century, and has been responsible for many of the most important innovations in the history of the harmonica.... Read more
13 Keys availableHohner Marine Band Crossover Reed Plates - replacing the reed plates on your harmonica is a relatively easy task and is significantly cheaper than buying a new harmonica. These genuine Hohner reed plates will breathe new life into your Crossover harmonica. Note - these also fit the Marine Band Deluxe harmonica.... Read more
12 Keys availableHohner Rocket Reed Plates - Model Number TMC10154 These reed plates are suitable for fitting to Hohner Rocket, Rocket Amp and Progressive Series Special 20 models. Fitting new reed plates is a fairly simple job, requiring little specialist expertise or tools. Bring your old harmonica back to life for significantly less outlay than purchasing a completely new harp!... Read more
12 Keys availableHohner Special 20 Reed Plates - replacing the reed plates on your harmonica is a relatively easy task and is significantly cheaper than buying a new harmonica. These genuine Hohner reed plates will breathe new life into your Special 20 harmonica.... Read more
12 Keys availableLee Oskar Harmonic Minor reed plates fit all 10 hole diatonic Lee Oskar harmonicas and are a cost effective way of breathing new life into your old harmonica. The modular nature of Lee Oskar harmonicas means they're easy to fit - your harp will be back to sounding as good as new in a few minutes and at a fraction of the price of buying a new one. Available in 12 Keys (Listed low to high): Gm, Abm, Am, Bbm, Cm, Dbm, Dm, Ebm, Em, Fm, F#m The Harmonic Minor has been in use for a long time, as the traditional tuning for playing a wide array of international music.The Harmonic Minor tuning has a very soulful, Eastern European sound and was used for one entire side of Lee Oskar’s highly acclaimed first solo album. This multi-cultural harmonica is intended to play traditional ethnic music that is important to the heritage of many cultures, such as: Minor Eastern European, Gypsy, Yiddish, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Asian and European/American Folk music, as well as various selections of Jazz and Classic Show Tunes. Find out more about Lee Oskar harmonicas here.... Read more
14 Keys availableLee Oskar Major Diatonic Reed Plates are made by Tombo and fit any of the Lee Oskar range of diatonic harmonicas. By replacing your reed plates, which is a simple task requiring only basic tools, you can give your old harmonica a new lease of life at a significantly lower cost than replacing it. Includes upper and lower reed plates and the associated screws for attaching it to the comb and cover plates. Lee Oskar Harmonicas was founded in 1983 by leading harmonica player Lee Oskar, in collaboration with Japan's Tombo, a manufacturer known for excellence for over a century. Globally recognized for innovation, craftsmanship and attention to detail, Lee Oskar Harmonicas pioneered an interchangeable system of combs, reed plates and cover plates that has become the industry’s gold standard. Available in 14 keys.... Read more
5 Keys availableLee Oskar Melody Maker reed plates fit all Lee Oskar 10 hole diatonic harmonicas and are available in five keys: (Listed low to high): C, D, E, G, A The Melody Maker makes it easier to play standards and many other songs that can be difficult to play on a Major Diatonic, while producing a very expressive sound. It is one of the best harps available for playing single-note melodies. Because Lee Oskar changed the reeds in draw/inhale and blow/exhale, you can also play beautiful chords on this harp. With its three altered notes, the Melody Maker is intended for playing major scale melodies in 2nd Position (Cross Harp). In 1st Position (Straight Harp), you can play: Irish, Clave/Afro music. In 2nd Position (Cross Harp), you can play: R&B, Country, Reggae, Pop, Jazz, Latin. (The Melody Maker is NOT recommended for Blues). You can find out more about the Lee Oskar range of harmonicas here... Read more
12 Keys availableLee Oskar Natural Minor Reed Plates are made by Tombo and fit any of the Lee Oskar range of diatonic harmonicas. By replacing your reed plates, which is a simple task requiring only basic tools, you can give your old harmonica a new lease of life at a significantly lower cost than replacing it. Includes upper and lower reed plates and the associated screws for attaching it to the comb and cover plates. Available in 12 keys. Lee Oskar Harmonicas was founded in 1983 by renowned harp player Lee Oskar, in collaboration with Japan's Tombo, a manufacturer of harmonicas with decades of experience. Today, Lee Oskar harmonicas are recognized for craftsmanship, innovation and amazing attention to detail. They pioneered an interchangeable system of reed plates, combs and cover plates that is still revolutionary today.... Read more
31 Keys availableSeydel 1847 Silver/Classic/Noble Reed Plates for direct fitment to Seydel harmonicas. A set of replacement reed plates, which will fit 1847 CLASSIC, SILVER (not SILVER+), NOBLE, Favorite and Solist Pro models. These reed plates are standard Richter-tuned models. We are also able to supply them in alternative tunings, such as PowerDraw and Paddy Richter, and completely custom tunings - please contact us for more information. The reed offset is pre-adjusted; some reeds may require a fine-adjustment (>Setting-up the reed offset).... Read more
18 Keys availableSeydel Session Steel Reed Plates - Richter: Replacing your reed plates is much more economical than buying a new harp, and will breathe new life into your harmonica. Easy to fit, with only basic tools required, our genuine Seydel Session Steel reed plates also fit the Session Standard harmonica. For SESSION type combs only (recessed reedplates),keys: LC-HA with stainless steel reeds Set of spare reedplates with Stainless Steel (LC to F - all tuning variants))... Read more
5 Keys availableGenuine Suzuki Chromatix SCX-48 reed plates for the Chromatix SCX-48 range of chromatic harmonicas. Made in Japan from high quality Phosphor Bronze. The Suzuki Chromatix SCX-48 is a 48 reed chromatic harmonica with phosphor bronze reeds. Although this type of reed lasts significantly longer than traditional brass reeds, prolonged playing over a number of years will ultimately result in tone being lost and, ultimately, reeds not functioning correctly. Fortunately, replacement reed plates are substantially less costly than replacing the entire harmonica, and the process of removing the old reed plates and adding the new ones is relatively simple, requiring only basic tools and some mechanical sympathy! If your SCX-48 is sounding dead, or some of the reeds are not sounding, a new set of reed plates will have it back to as good as new within a few minutes.... Read more
14 Keys availableThe Suzuki RP350 reed plates are designed to fit the ProMaster MR-350 or Pipe Humming PH-20. They will also fit the Blues Master, Harp Master, Hammond Harp and Bushman Delta Frost harmonicas. Please make sure you choose your key High quality, interchangeable Suzuki reed plates. ... Read more
14 Keys availableThe Suzuki RP350V reed plates are designed to fit the ProMaster Valved MR-350V. They will also fit the Harpmaster, Bluesmaster, Firebreath or Pure Harp harmonicas. Please make sure you choose your key High quality, interchangeable Suzuki reed plates. ... Read more
Out of stockThe Hohner TM165 Reed Plates are designed to fit Hohner's Cross Harp. These reed plates are sold in pairs (top and bottom plate), it is always worth having spare reed plates. For Richter Modular System Models, Brass, 1.05mm. (E.g. Cross Harp) TM165 Reed Plates: C, D, Eb, E, F, G, A, Bb, B ... Read more
Out of stockThe Hohner TM180 Reed Plates are designed to fit Hohner's Meisterkalsse. These reed plates are sold in pairs (top and bottom plate), it is always worth having spare reed plates. For Richter Modular System Models, Brass Chromed, 1.05mm. (E.g. Meisterkalsse) TM180 Reed Plates: C, D, E, F, G, Ab, A, Bb, B. ... Read more
Why and When to Replace Your Reed Plates?
Reed plates are a replaceable item on a harmonica, much like strings are on a guitar. Over time, individual reeds start to go out of tune, or break entirely. If your harmonica is sounding a bit dull and flat, chances are a set of replacement reed plate will breathe new life into it!
The main reason to replace reed plates, rather than purchase a new harmonica, is the difference in cost between the two options. Typically, replacement reed plates will sell for 50% to 60% of the cost of a whole new harp. As the harmonica's other components, such as the comb and cover plates, tend to last for years and even decades, replacing reed plates effectively extends the lifespan of a harmonica for a fraction of the cost of replacing it entirely.
How Long do Reed Plates Last?
Reed plate lifespan will depend on a number of factors, including the type of harmonica, reed material, amount of playing and specific techniques. As a guide, reed plates in instruments where bending of notes is not possible (chromatics, tremolos, octaves), should last for many years, sometimes into double figures. Diatonic harmonicas with standard brass reeds may last for up to two years of regular playing, but this does depend on technique. Beginners, who often rely on heavy draws to bend notes, will sometimes find that individual reeds will perish quite quickly - one reason to get tuition from an early point! Stainless steel and phosphor bronze reeds have an extended lifespan compared with brass reeds, but tend to be featured on more expensive harmonicas, which offsets any potential saving.
Can I Replace Individual Reeds?
It is possible to replace individual reeds on harmonicas where reeds are sold separately. However, this is a slightly fiddly operation that may not be suitable to be undertaken by all players.
Can I Buy Replacement Reed Plates for All Harmonicas?
Unfortunately, not all harmonicas have replaceable reed plates. The general rule is that harmonicas below around £30, and which are generally made in China, do not have replacement reed plates available for them. This includes Hohner models, such as the Blues Bender and Blues Band, and Suzuki's entry level models, such as the Easy Rider.
Can I Swap Reed Plates Between Different Harmonicas?
MS Series Hohners and Lee Oskars have the capability of swapping reed plates between different models. With the MS Series, this means that you can, for example, install thicker or thinner reeds in most of the range, or swap them for a different coating (eg chrome plated). Lee Oskar harmonicas are also modular, meaning that you can install natural minor, harmonic minor, major diatonic or Melody Maker reeds in the same harmonica.
Other harmonicas do not feature this level of compatibility, although, sometimes players can make things work with judicious drilling of holes!
Where specific reed plates and/or keys are not listed, please contact us - we can obtain plates for most models and keys, and the lead time is usually only a few days.
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