My favorite Tools: The Belt Sander

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This is my Trusty Delta 4″ x 36″ belt sander that has flattened hundreds of harmonica combs and lower reed plates ove the years. A real time saver, once you get the hang of using it. You need several different belts with different grits, including fine grit. I removed a sanding disk that was attached to the unit. (the grey plate in front on the left covers the area where the disk sander was). Also took off the piece that goes over the sanding belt to keep things from getting snagged by the belt and sent flying.

If you use a belt sander set up like this one, you can expect to send a bunch of reed plates and combs flying across the room until you get your technique together. I also removed flesh from my fingertips more than once. You have been warned!

One last tip – it is worth it to buy expensive high quality belts for your harmonica work. Keep a couple of cheaper ones on hand for household projects and other non-harmonica work. Do that and your best belts will last for years.

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Welcome to HotRodHarmonicas.com

This site is devoted to the noble art of Hot Rodding harmonicas, and breathing life into them and through them.

The video series “Hot Rod Your Harmonicas – The Movie” will be up soon here, for sale as DVDs and Downloads.

There will also be articles, videos, pictures, and audios. The goal is to see how far we can go to bring the harmonica into a new world of expression. This is an amazing time to be a harmonica player. The harmonica today is on the verge of transforming into a new instrument, really, a new family of instruments.

It is a bit like what was happening to the guitar in the late 1940s, with Leo Fender and Les Paul changing the guitar from a mostly accoustic instrument into the electric guitar.

Only the change going on with the harmonica is a combination of a new generation of harp techs and new designs meeting computer assisted design and small machine shops working on big ideas.

Stay tuned! It is going to be a wild ride…..

BTW – plenty of harp tech articles are at rsleigh.com