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10-28-2014, 09:03 PM
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Lead Reed
(This post was last modified: 10-28-2014 09:04 PM by 1AgilDog.)
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I found this the other day. The lighting on my work bench stinks sorry for the yellow effect.
It has the look/patina and feel/weight of Lead. I haven't cleaned it yet and wasn't sure if i should.
But as you can see it looks and has the size like a Harmonica Reed.
Was early reeds made from Lead? I understand the lead in brass thing a little.
Any help would be nice.
Maybe I should have started with...OK Ron what is it?


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10-28-2014, 09:31 PM
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It does look like a harmonica reed.  I don't know.  The only one I have found was aluminum.

Yep they did make lead ones.  Found this. http://www.slidemeister.com/forums/index...pic=1274.0

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10-28-2014, 09:36 PM
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Yep Its heavy for what they are. The edges look a bit flaky like pressed lead maybe.

(10-28-2014 09:31 PM)PittsburghWill Wrote:  It does look like a harmonica reed.  I don't know.  The only one I have found was aluminum.

Yep they did make lead ones.  Found this. http://www.slidemeister.com/forums/index...pic=1274.0
Thanks....And WOW! here is what I copied from the article.
Thats makes sense now.
The first harmonicas (not Hohners) were made in 1822, and used lead reed plates or no reed plates.hand-hammered brass reeds, or other less expensive materials, and hand-carved wood combs. By 1830, harmonicas were being made in the USA and England. The English "Aeolion" had no comb, and was a reed plate and reeds only.

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10-28-2014, 09:53 PM
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That's a cool find Dog.

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