Q: Should I soak my harp?

A: No, no, no! Soaking is very bad for your harps, especially for wooden bodied harps. It might make them more airtight for awhile, but it damages them in he long run. Never ever soak a chromatic harmonica! --BB

Never is a strong word; if your harps get wet, they will not die, the issue is swelling of the wooden comb, which can actually create more problems than it solves, and corrosion of the metal reed plates, reeds themselves or cover plates, which is not particularly good -- HA

(FMI: "Thorens - Clean Harps" 26 Sep 94 DW) (FMI: Re: dirt build up on the reeds..." 23 Mar 95 JT)


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The JT30 Page Popular links

I began collecting data about the microphones used by blue harp players before there was an internet. I began organizing it into JT30.com in the late 1990s. I accumulated more stuff than I remember. This is some of it.

Street Theory

A Harp Player’s Guide to Music Theory

Learning Harp

Picking Up Blues Harp

A guide to learning to play Blues Harp

Microphone Information

Usenet Articles

Harp Amps

I've been collecting Harp Amps for a while. This is the old Harpamps.com website. There is lots of information here. Here a coupld of links.

Harp Tab

A collection of songs and riffs that I’ve worked out over the years, plus some libraries of stuff I’ve converted to tablature. I’ve included most of the notes and instructions that helped me when I was learning to play blues harmonica.

Basic Riffs Simple harp tabs for songs Blues riffs and phrases.

Harp-L Archives 1992 to 2002


Harp Frequently Asked Questions