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Author: Cacisnd 
Date:   2018-08-12 07:14

I bought some pre tied reeds but they are unfinished and the tip is closed - each time I try to scrape the reed after I cut the tip so it is opened they always split down the middle ( all the way ) and ruined - it is very thick , am i doing something wrong - i notice that the reed is convex - shaped like a football at the opening I am thinking that if I put pressure on the reed it will split down the middle - so do how do I make the reed flat with my knife start at the top or the bottom. Or where do I start ? I am a beginner and I am cheap.

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Author: borris 
Date:   2018-08-12 08:49

If they are "blanks" (not prescraped), try to make general scrape before cutting the tip (I'm sure you soak the blank to make any manipulation). And youtube is your friend, there are gazillion well detailed videos, both for European or American stiles. Good luck!

Post Edited (2018-08-12 09:00)

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Author: Hotboy 
Date:   2018-08-13 19:56

There are a million things to consider that you are possibly doing wrong. Reed-making is not something that lends itself well to textual exposition. Best to search YouTube for technique videos or engage a private teacher.

How long have you been playing? If less than two years, then it is not productive to work on reeds until your technique, tone, and consistency of pitch improve to that of an intermediate level of player.

Bay Area, California

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Author: Cacisnd 
Date:   2018-08-14 07:39

Thanks - youtube is a a big help

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Author: EaubeauHorn 
Date:   2018-12-15 20:16

I was just thinking the other day about opening the tip mechanically. I have a rotary tool that has a cylinder-shaped stone I can put on it (very small stone.) I was thinking I could turn the thing on, and then very slowly push the closed tip against it until the tip was open. Then scrape. I realize this is off the wall for standard reed making, but I'm off the wall on so many things it doesn't matter.

One video I watched directed to scrape just the tip until it was thin enough to open the reed, and that kept the sides from tending to open as it dried.

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