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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000465.txt from 1995/01

From: Bradley Hawkins <Zwick@-----.COM>
Subj: Re: Reed Machines
Date: Sun, 29 Jan 1995 18:41:54 -0500

The Reedual is a good machine, although the sandpaper cut is usually very
inconsistent--at least I have found this to be true through my past
experiences with using this machine. I currently use a "clarinerd toy"
called a Reed Wizard. I use the Reed Wizard on commercial reeds, and
recently I have had great success with it. It doesn't make bad reeds good,
but it does make good reeds better and more stable and they seem to even last
for a longer period of time. The key to the Reed Wizard is finding the
appropriate placement on the table for the file to shave; however, if you
prefer cutting your reeds from the tube/blanks on the Reedual, replace the
sandpaper after each blank, don't press the arm against the sanding wheel too
hard, and use very good blanks--the reed blanks are the most important stage
I have found.

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