How would you retune an Asia Bend?

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Re: How would you retune an Asia Bend?

Post by Brendan » Fri Apr 21, 2017 8:50 am

Oops yes, spiked fiddle :-)

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Re: How would you retune an Asia Bend?

Post by rsca415 » Tue Jun 27, 2017 9:33 am

I just received my asiabend. I'm wanting to tune it down at least a fifth or even an octave down. I can't unscrew the screws of the reed plates with my jewelers screw driver (they're too tight) - anyone have any suggestions?

I'm assuming the reeds are brass, and therefore, the solder will adhere to them?

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Re: How would you retune an Asia Bend?

Post by Brendan » Thu Jun 29, 2017 7:16 am

Use a screwdriver with a bigger handle but the correct small tip.

The reeds are phosphor bronze. They will take solder well if you lightly scrape or polish off the outer surface. However taking them down a fifth or more could dull the tone. It would be better to alter them less by starting the tuning you want on a note higher up its scale.

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