Single note mystery
October 22, 2017 at 6:28 pm #9384
Last night I was playing a gig and the G3 on my Hammond 44 started behaving strangely. First, it started playing an F. Then it went down to E. Today it’s silent (no air passing, reed apparently not opening). I opened it up carefully and after careful inspection found nothing out of the ordinary with that reed, exactly like the others. Reassembled hoping I’d dislodged something but the problem remained. Does this resonate with anyone, or do I need to buy a new reed plate (or set of them) and replace it? Thanks.October 22, 2017 at 6:48 pm #9385
Hello Dean, you have a cracked reed. not visible to the naked eye, but those are the all signs. EBay has them, this is for the 44H if you have the HP the same seller has them.
Melodica-MeOctober 22, 2017 at 6:50 pm #9386
Thank you!!October 23, 2017 at 11:47 am #9389
alway good to have some spare reed plates (and a screwdriver) handy anyway…October 27, 2017 at 7:21 pm #9405
So, between the ebay dealer (liberty bellows) and the Japanese company that sells the reeds, it seems the reeds are get-able. However, the difficult part seems to be the gaskets. Having taken the thing apart, it doesn’t seem that those fragile gaskets could stand anything but the most delicate surgery, and Hammond does not list them as a buy-able item. Does anyone have a connection for those, and/or a technique for preserving the old ones already installed?October 27, 2017 at 8:39 pm #9406
When you take the Hammond apart, the gaskets will not normally be damaged. This is generally true with current models of melodicas. The gasket may be displaced, but then needs simply to be carefully fitted back in place. But if a gasket has in fact been damaged, search the forums here for “gasket” or “gasket material” and you will find quite a few comments by several of us about gasket materials that can be used to create a replacement gasket. You will also find photos and descriptions of laying down new gasket material. I have had a lot of success with gasket tape, such as this type, which is sticky on one side:
October 27, 2017 at 9:27 pm #9407
Wonderful, Alan Brinton, thank you.October 27, 2017 at 11:57 pm #9410
Dean, you can get the gasket from these guys in Japan. The order is small so they may have a minimum.
Hope this helps
Att: Go Kawamoto
http:/www.rakuten.co.jp/westmusic/October 31, 2017 at 5:24 pm #9413
So, to those following: I ordered the reeds for my 44H from westmusic in Japan, and wrote an email asking about the gaskets, which are not included with the reeds. Go Kawamoto kept up excellent correspondence with me, as we realized the webpage had a mistake about the model number, which he corrected. He instructed me to order the reeds and when I’d done that he would add the gaskets to the order. The entire order was under $100, including shipping to San Francisco. It’s considerably less than just getting the reeds from the eBay seller, who doesn’t carry the gaskets. So this seems to be the way to replace the reeds (and gaskets if desired) in a 44H or 44HP, which he also carries. Here are the links:
HAMMOND SUZUKI:MP253 for PRO44HP
HAMMOND SUZUKI:MP252 for PRO44H
https://global.rakuten.com/en/store/westmusic/item/suzuki_mp-252/October 31, 2017 at 7:53 pm #9414
Thanks for reporting back on this valuable information, Dean.
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