Harmonica gapping question
I bought a Kongsheng "Mars" in D. It has a great tone and is very comfortable. Nice $$ savings over Hohner Special 20, and likewise with whichever Suzuki harp that the Kongsheng is modeled after.
My number 8 draw reed is a nightmare, though. I always adjust the gap on harmonicas straight out of the box. Usually, this involves a few pings on a reed, here or there. Pull it up and let it sound, push it down a smidge, get it to play evenly. I mean, there are only so many ways to move a harmonica reed. But now I just can’t get the thing to play consistently. I’ll put the covers on to test, like it, then within a few minutes it’s choking again.
I have tried:
Pinging the reed;
Raising it in the slot;
Lowering it in the slot;
Repeating process to the reed is either higher or lower than before;
All of the above with over drawing to settle it, which sometimes helps.
I’m not averse to sending it back. What do you think, harp crowd? Could it be defective or is there a magician’s trick for adjusting a harmonica gap that I’m missing?
Thanks in advance.