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    Posted: July 11 2013 at 7:10am

Delta Frost with Manji reed plate&Hetrick bamboo comb.

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Now that's my kind of harp!
 
Out of all my harps, I think the Manji comes closest to approximating the gritty tone of the Delta Frost, and it is also very loud. The Delta Frost wins out in the playability department, though. And I prefer solid wooden (or in this case, Dymondwood) combs over any other material, even Suzuki's ABS/wood pulp composite. Combine that with the DF's sturdy and beautiful coverplate design, and you've got a pretty formidable hybrid.
 
Good to hear from you again, harpman. Hope all is well in the land of the rising sun.
 
 
 
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hey Harpman, great to see you posting again. Pretty harp you have there. From what I can tell on your site, it looks like you are booked to play on a regular schedule.
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Mike,
 
Did we discus this before? I don't remember ...
 
Do you really like the Dymondwood? My experience with it was bad. My dymondwood combs had a bad taste. I was selling them and ended up having to reund money to a few customers and finally gave up and stopped selling them. I'll have to look around the shop at home - I probably still have a bunch of them. Maybe the bad taste has dissipated after a couple years.
 
 
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I found a bunch of the dymondwood combs in my shop. The smell/taste seems to have dissipated. I'll bring them to the Bean and sell them cheap. Anyone want a good deal on a nice comb, come see me.
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Jim, I don't know that we've ever discussed it at-length. I'm not a huge fan of Dymondwood.

My preference is natural wood versus Dymondwood any day. The former is exponentially easier to work with and much less toxic. That said, I still prefer a solid construction comb over the molded ABS skeletons that dominate the market nowadays, so Dymondwood beats out most stock combs for tone and appearance, but sealed natural wood beats all.

I noticed that Dymondwood doesn't absorb any liquid whatsoever, so I was only putting on a few superficial layers of sealant whenever I tried coating it. On the other hand, when you sand it down enough on its own, it does polish like glass, so as long as it's properly cleaned after polishing, maybe there's no need for any sealant? Still, the nasty cocktail of chemicals in Dymondwood makes me nervous, so I don't really use it myself.

This is just heresay, but I'm told that Hetrick combs are not sealed. I've personally confirmed that they don't look or feel sealed in any way, and they certainly aren't polished to a high-gloss. If you ever feel or look into a Hetrick comb, or even Suzuki's wood/composite combs, you will notice a certain fine-grain roughness to them. My opinion is that a rough surface is an attractant for dirt and a breeding ground for bacteria. If you compare my hand-sealed combs, you will notice how the 3 layers of food-safe sealant has cured in a nice smooth gloss or semi-gloss on the portions that contact your mouth.

Jim, I'm not sure how your combs were cut, but you might want to take a damp Q-tip and scrub your blue combs with it, especially in the reedslot chambers. If your white tip turns blue at all, you have toxic dust settled on the combs. That dust's off-gassing after cutting might've accounted for the bad smell/taste a while back. While no longer off-gassing, you still don't want to breath in the dust, so take every precaution.

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Mike,
 
Well. the Dymondwood doesn't smell anymore after sitting in my shop a couple years. Lots of people use it with no issues, so its probably fine - I just don't want to sell it because of my concerns. Thats why I discontinued it the first time. I'll sell (VERY CHEAP) the ones I have at the Bean. Mike, if you want any of them for your personal harps, PM me and I'll give you several.
 
I can't speak to all the Hetrick combs. But I've been in their shop several times and seen them sealing combs. I thought all of them were sealed.
 
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Hi, Sarge !
Thanks for reply.Smile
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Hi, mike, thanks for comment.
I like DF`s cover plate too, its easy to hold.
My another some Manji chenge Hetrick acryle comb, it is nice harp.
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