Date: 2023-04-16 20:01
I think the question is mainly for Chris, who I think recommended the Howarth Academy student reeds.
I got some med-soft ones (I'm at 2600' and have to have what would be considered soft at sea level) and they were too hard, and I didn't know how to adjust a Euro shaped reed, but would have had I known.
Then I got some soft ones, and they were better but collapsed easily. (Too far the other direction.)
Recently I tried three more soft ones, two of them had closed tips and are unplayable, and one is perfect after I did a very, very small amount of scraping on the edges at the tip. So the three were quite different from each other.
First question is, there is a LOT out there on how to adjust American scrape reeds, but I have simply never found anything on how to adjust Euro reeds. Are there videos out there on this?
Second question, if the tip on the soft reeds is closed here, it must also be closed at sea level, so I don't see how anyone can play on those. They don't seem to be "redeemable" to be playable anywhere. The ones I got previously that were labeled soft, were very unstable although the tips weren't closed.
Seems to me much easier to use Euro reeds if I can find out how to adjust them, because the structure is simpler.
I rattled on here, similar to how many of my reeds crow.