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 Re: Shortening the staple.
Author: Barry Vincent 
Date:   2019-06-14 03:50

My staples are the standard length of 47 mm (Chiarugi) (Mandrel size 2) but I've just ordered a batch of 46 mm from K Ge Reeds.
After I get the reed to close up on the sides I usually end up with a tied on reed of about 72 mm in length. After I thin out the tip and separate the blades the reed is then mostly 70 mm in length.
I don't know what the shaper tip is but my blanks are shaped and folded. The total length of these blanks is 76 mm. They are 7 mm wide at the tip. This seems a touch too wide to me and I usually narrow them down to 6.5 mm after I tie them onto the staple. I think they are Prestini blanks.
To add to the problem, I've always been a 'flat' player. But yes. half a tone is really flat. But they have such a lovely full bodied rich sound.
Even on my Clarinet I have to use a 63 mm barrel which is the shortest that can be used without throwing the instrument out of tune (especially on the upper joint notes)
My Oboes are a Howarth S2 English Thumb Plate (1955) and a Bundy plastic Thumb Plate. Both these Oboes play very well in A440 with reeds that have been purchased. In fact the Howarth is in excellent condition and is a delight to play on. The Bundy is a very good 'knock-about' instrument and also plays quite well.


Post Edited (2019-06-14 04:01)

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