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The Blues DeVille first makes a good impression, feels good, the materials seem stable and the sound is strong. The stimulation plates are screwed with nine (!) Screws with the stable Kanzell body. On closer inspection, it turns out that - at least in my specimen - the detachment distances of the reeds are set quite large ex works. This is normally not a problem, since the adjustment of the detachment distances is one of the standard maintenance tasks a harmonica player learns quickly. However, the material of the reeds (phosphorus bronze) seems to be much more brittle than the brass (or steel at Seydel) used. In any case, a vocal tongue suddenly broke when it was adjusted. This, too, is not a problem, as long as there is replacement in the form of a new vocal cord. Unfortunately, there are no substitutes from Fender, either individually or in the entire sentence. Thick minus. But even if there was a new tuning, it would not be easy to change them, because the tongues are not riveted, as usual, but welded. Very thick minus. The above statement "Reverberations easily replaceable for fast, easy repairs" is unfortunately a smooth misinformation. If these two minus points were not, I could recommend the Fender Blues DeVille quiet conscience, but it will remain my last Harp from Fender.
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