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 reed trimmer
Author: TianL 
Date:   2010-10-07 01:03

I have a Cordier (for Bb clarinet reed) but the tip is a little too round for my mouthpiece. I'm looking for one that will give me the same kind of shape as the V12 or Rico Reserve Classics. Anyone knows a reed trimmer that will give me this kind of "flatter" tip?

Thanks!

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 Re: reed trimmer
Author: Ken Shaw 2017
Date:   2010-10-07 12:37

No two mouthpieces or reed trimmers) have identical tip curvature. I use a Courdier (which for me makes the cleanest cuts) and shape the curve of the tip by positioning the reed slightly to one side and then the other.

Ken Shaw

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 Re: reed trimmer
Author: TianL 
Date:   2010-10-07 19:14

ahh i see. thanks ken. i'll try that when i get home tonight.

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 Re: reed trimmer
Author: Ken Shaw 2017
Date:   2010-10-07 22:05

TianL -

I forgot to say that I also move the butt of the reed from side to side to get the correct angle.

Ken Shaw

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 Re: reed trimmer
Author: TianL 
Date:   2010-10-07 22:50

hmm i'm playing around with it right now and still can't figure out a good way. it just cuts too much off each side..

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 Re: reed trimmer
Author: GLHopkins 
Date:   2010-10-08 02:18

I have 3 Cordier-Lunic. They all give different results. I try to find the one that best matches the mouthpiece I'm using at the time.

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 Re: reed trimmer
Author: Jeff Chan 
Date:   2010-10-10 00:28

Have you considered using a tenor sax or bass clarinet trimmer?

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 Re: reed trimmer
Author: TianL 
Date:   2010-10-10 21:14

I tried with an alto sax trimmer but still not very successful..

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 Re: reed trimmer
Author: spartanclarinet 
Date:   2010-10-10 21:25

It seems that the human race, or at least the people at Cordier, have not yet been able to figure out the technology that would provide us with a reed trimmer that cuts evenly. The good news is that you don't really need a perfectly shaped curve. For example, if you make your reeds, you will have a square tipped reed before you clip it to shape. The surprising thing is that it can actually play like that. When you clip it, you're just getting rid of the extra material to get down to the right strength; getting a perfect round tip is not so important.

Justin O'Dell
http://web.mac.com/clarinetquintet/iWeb/MSUClarinetStudio/MSU.html
http://www.music.msu.edu/people/detail.php?id=83

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 Re: reed trimmer
Author: Tony F 
Date:   2010-10-11 08:08

I got by for years using 2 coins, a razor blade and a lighter. Now I have 2 no-name French-made trimmers that cut perfectly.

Tony F.

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 Re: reed trimmer
Author: Ed 
Date:   2010-10-11 12:00

It is very easy to touch up the tip shape with some very fine sandpaper.

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 Re: reed trimmer
Author: Ed Palanker 2017
Date:   2010-10-11 17:41

I second what Ed, the other Ed, said above. Once the reed is clipped use a fine sand paper to shape the tip the way you want it. Personally, unless the sides of the reed are overlapping the mouthpiece, I think people often put to much importance on having the tip of the reed match the tip of the mouthpiece exactly. ESP http://eddiesclarinet.com

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 Re: reed trimmer
Author: salzo 
Date:   2010-10-13 13:48

The reed trimmer has never been a tool that I worked well with.
I use a tool that I found in a hobby store-basically it is a fine woodworking tool, that you put 3mm wide strips of sand paper., about 8 inches long. You can move the sand paper, the tool acting sort of like a wheel. This tool is and I are a perfect fit. I trace the tip of the reed until I get it to the proper stiffness. I have used emery boards, strips of sandpaper, and this is much easier to handle for pinpoint accuracy.

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