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    Reed tuning question

    Yesterday I put the partially completed action for my Kimball Parlor organ which I believe, by the case design to be a Style 450-something (451 has 11 stops, 459 has 14 stops, mine has 13 stops but exact same case) on the test bench (shop vac driven) to attempt tuning. The Korg tuner homed in on the tuning as being A435.

    Disaster struck when I was almost finished with what I think is the primary rank which is the lower front which is fully exposed by the Principal and Flute pulls. Very few of these reeds required any adjustment. The C above middle C (C5?) reed is broken; the tip is missing. I thought no sweat. I had bought a $5 bag full of reeds (150) at an antique store; people apparently like to make jewelry of them. They are the same reed style that's in the Kimball (Hammond (?) with double rivet with crosshatching and 0.090" thickness). I selected the appropriate C from the bag. Long and short, it appears to be tuned at A452 so sounds like a pig fight.

    My question is, can I 're-tune' this reed to A435? Or do I just live with a dead spot until a reed can be found ... I'm not sure how to begin the search.

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    Maybe use a b instead, if the c is 70c sharp, that's a lot of material to file away, but going 30 c sharp is less gruesome. I'm saying a b is closer to the pitch you need, and going up in pitch is less risky then filing down, and a reed that small is hard to flatten by adding weight to the tip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SubBase View Post
    Maybe use a b instead, if the c is 70c sharp, that's a lot of material to file away, but going 30 c sharp is less gruesome. I'm saying a b is closer to the pitch you need, and going up in pitch is less risky then filing down, and a reed that small is hard to flatten by adding weight to the tip.
    That was the answer. With some fiddling have a pretty decent upper treble tuning-wise. So, after 70 years of sitting idle the old instrument is making music again. By the way I have about 148 A452 reeds; if you run across anyone who needs same I will happily donate them.

    Thanks.

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