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 Reed Trimmers
Author: SecondTry 
Date:   2020-11-02 19:18


It seems a bit confusing to me why Vandoren has as many reeds trimers as it does cuts of reeds for the Bb/A clarinet space.

It's not that I fail to appreciate how the product offerings in this space have different tip designs and profiles--and maybe my inquiry best falls on "Vandoren's doorstep" to explain--not the playing community that makes this bboard...perhaps motivated more by money than efficacy.

It would seem to me to be a better (if not more lucrative for Vandoren; I just don't know) approach for Vandoren to make one trimmer with interchangeable blades for each of the tip contours.

As an aside, while I fully appreciate that the various cuts do affect play, including my understanding that V12 reeds are sourced from larger diameter cane, there's somewhat of a "The Emperor's Clothes" irony here for me that precision of cut and tip are rigidly adhered to on base material so prone to diversity not only between reeds, but even possibly in one reed itself.

I do suppose though that one could justify this strict adherence to uniformity of reed cut (tip and overall contour) though to best keep static what technology and innovation can, given cane variability.

In the meantime, I'm not throwing out my Cordier trimmer as my adjustments to profile are based on play, not what some thickness gauge reads: not to disparage the latter.

Is there a question here on my behalf? I don't know. : - )


Post Edited (2020-11-02 19:18)

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 Re: Reed Trimmers
Author: Paul Aviles 
Date:   2020-11-02 23:38

I have the Vandoren trimmer that has the little flippy part at the top as well as an old Cordier. The Cordier was always the most reliable. Well, you have to move the reed around and find out what angle works best to get a nice even cut across the top......but it's worth the effort.

.............Paul Aviles

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 Re: Reed Trimmers
Author: Ed Palanker 
Date:   2020-11-03 17:45

I've used my Cordier trimmers for clarinet and one for bass clarinet for my 51 year career, before while in school and now after retirement. I've always been happy with them and they are consistant. I did have none for Eb years ago that left a real tiny piece on one side. It's always a good idea to try it before you buy it incase there's one that has a slight defect. I guess that goes with anything.


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 Re: Reed Trimmers
Author: EbClarinet 
Date:   2020-11-04 01:35

If this is the same thing as a reed clipper, check out my URL for my horror story about reed clippers. I had this horrible experience while I was in college band.

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