From: Michael Will <;mic~x.netcom.com>;
Date: Sat, 11 Nov 1995 11:00:56 -0800
Subject: (no subject)

I replaced the cover plates on a Cross Harp (MS) with custom rosewood
ones. I took the Cross Harp covers and put them on a LO, since I
don't really care for the larger size of the LOs.

What a combination! The Cross covers seem to mellow out the slight
"brittleness" of the LO sound.

It also seems like the Cross/LO plays faster that the straight LO,
and to me it's more comfortable.

Doug asked about wooden and other material cover plates and their
effect on tone. He has his, as yet, undisclosed opinion. Here's an
isolated input for the stew.

Re the rosewood covers, the jury's still out, but I'm a bit
disappointed in the fit. I requested them made for a MS Cross Harp,
but the Cross covers have their own "set-offs" on the draw side, as
opposed to the comb's set-off on the blow side. So, the cover fits
too close and the lower reeds click against the cover. I've made
some mods so that doesn't happen too much, and it now sounds good.
But, the wood seems very fragile.

Mic'l

BTW, there's a non-MS Cross Harp at the local store. Any opinions on
these, as opposed to the MS ones? I know the general feeling about
MS reeds is less than enthusiastic.


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