Date: Mon, 27 Nov 1995 22:03:19 -0500
Subject: replacing valves

You can mail order windsavers for 270-280 chromatics from Hohner at P.O. Box
15035 Richmond Va. 23227. For $9.00 they will send you a handfull of
assorted sizes.

Everyone seems to have their own magic material for home-made windsavers.
Mine is .0015 inch thick polyester film. In place of the textured bottom
flap of the Hohner windsavers, I texture the reedplate around the reed slot
by scratching it in a criss-cross pattern with a sharp instrument. Then I
dope 'em with a little dilute dishwasher detergent to reduce the surface
tension of the condensate.

They are really good about not curling up. A possible drawback is when
changing between blow and draw, the valve is up and comes down quickly.
Sometimes I think I can hear a tiny slap. I don't know if there really is a
sound and if it would be a problem in a mike. However the film IS harder than
the bottom flap of a Hohner windsaver. If you send a SASE to Vern Smith
14356 Brenan Wy Tustin CA 92680, I'll send you a sample. If you so request,
I'll also include a piece of plastic tubing that will work for 270 slide
bumpers. No charge, of course, to harmonica enthusiasts.

Like many other technicians, I attach them with a TINY drop of Pliobond
contact cement. A flat toothpick is a good disposable tool for applying the

Vern Smith

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