Ok first, we want to personally thank
Hohner for coming out with the perfect wood harmonica comb. What a great idea. So we didn't come up with it sorry. Anyways,
the only problem is that they are only available for one model! So following in the footsteps, we decided them to offer bamboo
harmonica combs for every Hohner harmonica and Seydel, Lee Oskar, Hering, Suzuki, Bushman etc.
Our Experience with Other Woods
Personally, I'm a fan of maple. I love the tone
and its cheap. Unfortunately it warps like crazy. No matter how you seal it, treat it, cut it. Over time the teeth will literally
start to do the wave! I'll post a picture soon. Even beloved Seydel maple combs warp over time. Unless you are willing
to pay big bucks for stabilized, high quality maple, this problem is unavoidable. We had similar problems with Maple, Cherry,
Paduak, Purple Heart, etc. If they don't warp, over time they breakdown or split. The tone of wood is georgeous but it definitely
has a shorter lifespan. EXCEPT I hear great things about Burls, but the costs of a little piece are astronomical!
After testing many woods, even undergoing our proprietary
ultra sealing process, we just decided to phase most of them out because we want to offer you something that lasts a long
time. At $20, you cannot beat this price for an ultra sealed, ultra lasting, ultra performing harmonica comb!
After about 2 years of constant beating on our personal bamboo combs,
we have found that they have not warped, swelled, even the lacquer holds up! Plus they perform fantastically. Our customers
love the performance and compression and even have claimed to have found a bump in performance when switching out the Marine
Band Crossover stock bamboo comb. Ours is a little thicker and a different cut.
A friend of mine recently told me that he visited Asia and noticed that modern highrise building scaffolding was
still being built with....you guessed it BAMBOO! The stuff is tough.
Some exotic woods can also be toxic. Bamboo actually smells a little like popcorn when it is being milled. What a
smell! So its safe. Companies make cutting boards, utensils, floors out of it.
I know, maybe you don't like yellow. Yes it is yellow. BUT, we are working on a solution to that....stay tuned. In
the meantime, there is some Wikipedia stuff below about bamboo if you want to learn more.
Bamboo is a group of perennial evergreens in the true grass family Poaceae,
subfamily Bambusoideae, tribe Bambuseae. Giant bamboos are the largest members of the grass family. In bamboo, the internodal
regions of the stem are hollow and the vascular bundles in the cross section are scattered throughout the stem instead of
in a cylindrical arrangement. The dicotyledonous woody xylem is also absent. The absence of secondary growth wood causes the
stems of monocots, even of palms and large bamboos, to be columnar rather than tapering.
Bamboos are some
of the fastest growing plants in the world, due to a unique rhizome-dependent system. Bamboos are of notable economic and
cultural significance in South Asia, South East Asia and East Asia, being used for building materials, as a food source, and
as a versatile raw product.
Timber is harvested
from cultivated and wild stands and some of the larger bamboos, particularly species in the genus Phyllostachys, are known
as "timber bamboos".
Bamboo used for construction purposes must be harvested when the culms reach
their greatest strength and when sugar levels in the sap are at their lowest, as high sugar content increases the ease and
rate of pest infestation.
Harvesting of bamboo is typically undertaken according to the following cycles:
1) Life cycle of the culm: As each individual culm goes through a 5–7 year life cycle, culms are ideally
allowed to reach this level of maturity prior to full capacity harvesting. The clearing out or thinning of culms, particularly
older decaying culms, helps to ensure adequate light and resources for new growth. Well-maintained clumps may have a productivity
three to four times that of an unharvested wild clump.
2) Life cycle of the culm: Consistent with the life
cycle described above, bamboo is harvested from two to three years through to five to seven years, depending on the species.
3) Annual cycle: As all growth of new bamboo occurs during the wet season, disturbing the clump during this
phase will potentially damage the upcoming crop. Also during this high rain fall period, sap levels are at their highest,
and then diminish towards the dry season. Picking immediately prior to the wet/growth season may also damage new shoots. Hence,
harvesting is best at the end of the dry season, a few months prior to the start of the wet.
4) Daily cycle:
During the height of the day, photosynthesis is at its peak, producing the highest levels of sugar in sap, making this the
least ideal time of day to harvest. Many traditional practitioners believe the best time to harvest is at dawn or dusk on
a waning moon. This practice makes sense in terms of both moon cycles, visibility, and daily cycles.