Useful articles & links to pages on tweaking your harmonica.
This is the brass tool I make for harmonica reed work.
Reed Adjustment by G, Pat & Mike
Altered Tunings by G
12tET scale, frequencies,
& range of harmonicas
(Excel Spreadsheet, 22kB) by G
A sanding stick which I use for most of my tuning and reed polishing. I have three, colour coded for 240 grit, 320 grit & 400 grit abrasive strips. These are also called sanding wands.
Tuning Gashes by G
Replace plastic comb chromatic nails with screws by G
Comb Sealants and Health Related Issues by Pat
Comb Materials Debate by Pat
The Health Considerations of using ethyl cyanocrylate
(Super Glue) in your Harmonica by G
Windsavers! by G
Rick Epping's Valve Tool by G
Teflon Harmonica Valves by G, Vern & Doug
Retuning tools by Mike Easton
Hohner's Major Richter Diatonic Tunings by Rick Epping
Half Valved Diatonics by G
How to clean your harmonicas by G
I use a Peterson VS-1 virtual strobe tuner. Its consistant, accurate and easy to use. If you are thinking of getting one, I suggest the newer VS-SAM which includes a built in speaker so it can generate a tone to tune by ear to, and can be programmed with fine tunings.
Harmonicas by G
For tuning harmonica reeds more than a couple of semitones I use files, not rotary tools.
Swiss cut, No.2 & 4, round ratstail and flat equaling needle files.
includes: how to rereed, retune and totally customise your harmonica reedplates, and an encyclopedia of altered tunings by Pat Missin
Squeaky reeds & how to fix them by Pat Missin
A good take on the comb materials debate by Pat Missin
Let your ears be the judge.
Lee Oskar Toolkit reed article
Franz Chmel's method of retuning
Reed replacement article by Bill Romel
Turbo Tape explained
Putting reeds under the microscope
by Gianandrea Pasquinelli
Harmonica Research by Antakamatics
Scientific article on harmonica reed behaviour
by Dr Antaki and Henry Bahson.