Well, both of my packages arrived today, including the new reed plates for my C harmonica. I thought I was never going to get the harmonica apart; I pretty much stripped one of the very tiny screws holding the old reed plates onto the comb. But I finally got it, and installed the new reed plates, and now I have a fully-functioning harp again. I need to do some practicing.
The old blown reed plate would not play “8 draw,” the note which is supposed to be created by inhaling through the 8th hole. I needed that to play “He’s Ever Over Me.” I could still play it on my G or A harmonicas, of course.
My new goal is to play the offertory at church one Sunday. I did that some years back, when I first took up the harmonica, but that was when we had two services, and I played at the much-less-formal early service. I am way out of practice, and my mouth gets sore after a few minutes of single-note pucker, so I have quite a bit of work to do before I’m good enough to bring up the idea to our music director.