Andrew Zajac Custom Dark Comb - Marine Band is made from an earth-friendly composite of 100 per cent recycled paper, resin produced from naturally occurring raw materials and selected natural pigments. This material is strong, dense, waterproof, hypoallergenic, and does not emit any volatile organic compounds, including formaldehyde. It has been certified food safe, contains no petroleum-based chemicals and doesn't have an odour.
These combs have all the benefits of a flat, unsealed Pearwood comb with none of the drawbacks. This material allows Andrew to focus on flatness without compromising the look and feel. The affordable price reflects how manageable it is to produce excellent combs out of this material. But don't be fooled - these are the very best combs. We do not know of any material that is better suited for harmonica combs.
Dark combs™ have a glossy smooth front for comfortable playing. The sides and back of the Dark combs are lightly polished to a matte finish which has a nice appearance and feels comfortable to hold. Over time and with use, these surfaces will develop their own natural shine as they become worn in.
Dark combs™ do not shatter when dropped on the floor, and their production has a much lower environmental impact than most other man-made materials. Many types of materials including Corian, brass or other metals can make the harmonica sound very bright. Dark combs help your harmonica produce the fat, dark, woody tone you get from a harmonica with an unsealed Pearwood comb.
Why replace your harmonica's comb?
To improve the instrument. An airtight harmonica is easier to play and has better tone.
But simply switching the comb will not make it play better. A flat comb is only one part of making your harmonica more airtight.
Harmonicas require a minute or two of preparation work before combs can be installed. These combs offer superior air tightness. They focus on high performance and do not compromise quality for ease of installation.
Instructions and support is included with the purchase of combs.
Unsealed Pearwood combs, when perfectly flat, are the model of excellence. Unfortunately, they do not last and will break down and warp with time.