Unless some blinding insight enabling both the C and B to bend appears, it seems this is the limit of the Staggered Reedplate design for Richter Tuning. But that's not a bad limit: 6 new bends, to give 14 total. If you use Paddy-Richter it's 15 bends. Compared to 8 on a standard Richter harp, that's pretty good!
I guess the next step is to make both versions of this 21 reed harp and see what feels the best. I'll tweak the parts, make a couple of prototypes over the next few days, and report back.
So far we've been focussed on Richter Tuning, but if you look for the most suitable scale for the Staggered Reedplate concept, I think it has to be WholeTone tuning:
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