- November 20, 2021 at 5:56 pm #13812Daren BanarsëKeymaster
I went the opposite way in relation to the mouthpiece precisely because of the amount of condensed water that interrupts the reeds.
This is interesting André – do you empty the tube out regularly?November 20, 2021 at 10:19 pm #13820André Sant’AnnaParticipant
Yes. It depends on the weather like I said, but every 20 minutes on average when I’m playing.
After some time playing, the water that condenses inside the tube starts bubbling when I blow and when it happens I know I need to empty it. All that water would be inside the melodica! When it bubbles, I disconnect the tube and blow it hard a few times to empty it so I can continue playing. It’s quick.
Since you’re a melodica builder, I think it’s a good idea to make a longer path to the reeds so the water can condense before it gets there. I think Oscar did that, as I noticed there are some “curves” in his models’ mouthpieces (Diamanté Vox, I think). Also, I assume that if the material before the reeds is made of some kind of metal, the water tends to condense there first. I would like to test it with the Suzuki Andes mouthpiece, as it is made of metal.November 21, 2021 at 12:42 pm #13821Daren BanarsëKeymaster
This is a subject I’m always interest in – the moisture on the reeds problem. I have made longer mouthpieces, but I don’t like being too far from the reeds. I’ve also tried passing the air through silica gel chambers before the reeds, but it takes away from the expression.
The Sheng has a chamber which is filled with hot water to keep the instrument warm. It’s so simple, it’s probably the way forward, perhaps with a slightly longer mouthpiece with a U bend
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