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 Re: Making short scrape European style oboe reeds easy
Author: RobinDesHautbois 
Date:   2010-06-18 00:10

I used to be a professional, but I stopped playing while I reoriented my career towards engineering. A while ago, I started again with almost no strength left in my lips or my jaw (a few years without real practice). This means I had to start again with VERY easy reeds and fight the frustration of not playing like I used to.

When I started again, I decided to use engineering methodology to find the best way to get reeds to:
1. be easy to play
2. sound dark and warm
3. play in tune and with stable notes
4. offer a wide dynamic range
5. allow easy staccato, even in soft low notes.

Every single oboist I had ever known in my student and professional life (some being among the best in N.Americal) used to say having all of these together is impossible: you must find a happy compromise....

.... well, I succeeded in getting all 5 critera together! AND they are relatively easy to make. I use exclusively European scraped reeds, but I make my own.

There are a few catches though:
1. the definition of a good reed is very different from one person to another
2. you have to choose staple size and shaper profile in accordance with your body characteristics
3. what makes the reed works is the process of reed-making, not the final appearance
4. everything done to the cane BEFORE scraping is just as important as the scraping!

All the advice you read in this topic is good, but it remains meaningless untill you actually get it going. The only ways you'll get good reeds are to find a good teacher or to experiment a lot - yes spend a lot of money!

There is a big problem, however, if you start with purchased reeds is that the gouge (cane thickness) might be wrong for you, the shape might be wrong for you, the staple might be wrong and the way it is tied can be simply bad.

In another topic, I summarized my process (the main parts only):
http://test.woodwind.org/clarinet/BBoard/read.html?f=10&i=15666&t=15516

Good luck!

Robin Tropper
M.A.Sc., B.Mus., B.Ed.
http://RobinDesHautbois.blogspot.ca

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Chris P 2010-06-16 11:50 
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