This is good news Al Kai, I think I may have to try the newer Suzuki. They must be tight enough. I haven't had on in years. Thanx moocho mucho.
Well if it helps Smo -Joe i have just taken delivery of two high end Suziki models, admittedly second hand about three years old , but that is not my issue. Let's take the Fabulous, a flagship for the company and very expensive, the plates are not individually screwed down, but screwed together, so fiddly for maintenance , and terrible for lining up to the comb when re-assembling, what makes it worse , the plates don't reach the bottom or ends of the comb, i tried three different ways to re-assemble got three different results ( one of which was lining up to fixed MP) , also the screws protrude about quarter an inch looks awful, the spring on this one was pushing out against the plate, the odd screw in the vicinity wasn't strong enough to keep th plate flat, i made a retainer for the pivot. Now the windsavers, these are standard Suzuki i presume, a very short spring about a third of the valve length ? Well you can keep them, the ones on the long slots curl up the spring is too short, and boy are they noisy, but they may be better when new, i don't know, but the valve noise was picked up easily when recording. The ones on the Slider i also bought were even noisier, ( same jobs ), yet seemed to be laying perfectly, so what is causing all the 'whispering' , it comes over kinda 'lispy ' sounding when recording.
The Slider also has covers with sharp edges, and they are thinner gauge metal than my L.A. 16, more or less the same design, except the Slider MP extends an inch past each end hole, i found myself trying to get a note from solid metal on the first and last holes ( puckerer)
You will get used to this however, but maybe a problem when quickly switching harmonicas, the mouthpiece itself is lovely, the sound is a bit 'lighter' and 'airier' ( not air loss) than a Hohner super64, that may suit some ( keeping Smo-Joe in mind), nice sound, but it seems that model is being discontinued anyway, would any of the two have been worth the price when new ? For me not on your Nelly, i have a 270 from Michael Timler acrylic comb, plates and covers individually screwed, better quality screws than the Suzuki, and a heck of a lot cheaper. The Chrome finish of the Suzuki's , also seems a bit 'sparkly' and shallow to me, not much different from a cheapish Leghorn ( my only previous Suzuki ) that i owned many years ago, except the Leghorn had better windsavers ! ?