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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000234.txt from 2001/04

Subj: [kl] Re: Reed Wizard
Date: Thu, 12 Apr 2001 07:05:44 -0400

JBLinear asks:

>>Does anyone has some specific hints about ways to use a Reed Wizard? For
example, the cuts all seem to come off the back of the reed. Is that usual?
Has anyone experimented with ways of altering the height of either the reed
or the cutter?<<

I use the Reed Wizard quite a bit (along with various files, knives and
sandpaper). You're right that most of what it takes off comes from the high
end of the vamp. The RW alters the profile of the reed to fit what Ben
Armato has found to work best. I wouldn't experiment with filing down any of
the metal. That would spoil what's built into it. Instead, get Ben's book,
"Reed Wizard and Beyond," which has lots of good ideas (as well as some wacky
ones). Anyway, you don't need to alter any part of the apparatus. Just
slide the reed toward the front. I often put the corners of the tip even
with the white line nearest the end.

Best regards.

Ken Shaw

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