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F and F# problem Hohner Super 64

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Ed McCullough:
Some people have said that the valves associated with these reeds squawk and make other noise when you play loudly. I fixed this in one harmonica by working on the valve. I replaced it with a felt and braced it with a piece of plastic stiffener. I can not yet fix it in another harmonica.
-- What Solutions have you found?

Gnarly He Man:
Just had an issue with F3 on a customer's Super64X Performance--replaced the valve and it still buzzed.
So I put a kink in the old one and it doesn't buzz.
Stupid fiddly harmonicas . . .
BTW, this one is at 444+, he wants it at 442ish--he said 440 and I talked him out of it . . .

Ed McCullough:
You wrote that your solution was putting a kink into the valve. Do you mean you put an arch in the top layer?

Age:

--- Quote from: Gnarly He Man on May 10, 2024, 01:03:15 PM ---Just had an issue with F3 on a customer's Super64X Performance--replaced the valve and it still buzzed.
So I put a kink in the old one and it doesn't buzz.
Stupid fiddly harmonicas . . .
BTW, this one is at 444+, he wants it at 442ish--he said 440 and I talked him out of it . . .

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That happened to me once. Fortunately I had a buncha different kinds of valves and finally tried one of Romels stiff black ones and it worked fine.
 442? IMO; Good call! 8)

Gnarly He Man:

--- Quote from: Ed McCullough on May 10, 2024, 01:46:45 PM ---You wrote that your solution was putting a kink into the valve. Do you mean you put an arch in the top layer?

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You crease the valve so that there is an arch.
Your mileage may vary.
It works, and it was not my idea--I might have gotten it from Smoky!

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