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 Re: Breaking In Reeds
Author: Caroline Smale 
Date:   2018-03-17 04:45

As you say there are many ways, and on here you will find almost as many different opinions as there are members.

FWIW I like to beak in 5 new reeds at a time, too many and it gets confusing.
Also break in the new reeds in parallel with practicing on the old ones. That way you have something to compare against.

Don't wait until all your reeds are dying before starting to break in their replacements.

a few minutes playing on the first day but then gradually increase so that after 7 days you are playing about 15 mins per reed, in all registers and introduced staccato..

Start adjusting gently after first 2 or 3 days, not too much at a time, allow the reed to settle an stabilise.

Make a pencil mark on the butt end to indicate each day you have played them. You don't have to do it all on consecutive days, and this will help you keep track.

After about 10 days I figure my reeds are ready for extended play and can sort out the performance versus practice reeds from the batch.

Rotate - rotate - rotate that way the reeds last much longer overall.

As said at start, this is just my approach, and it works for me.

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