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 Re: Reed making routine
Author: oboist2 
Date:   2017-03-10 03:11

I tie mine on - a dozen at a time, and after a days rest, scrape the bark and a bit more off the tip area, then I smooth over the sides with wet and dry paper ipf required and leave another couple of days. Then I soak again and cut the tip off. I will then continue to scrape 3-4 reeds ( out of the 12 I have tied on, and define the tip. I will rest the cane a couple of days and then scrape the tip until I can get just a peep, then rest again. The next day, I will then remove the bark and underbark from the top 1/3 of the reed, and work on blend and tip of reed until I get a reasonable crow at about C. I rest the reed another day, check I can still crow the reed as above. At this point I usually need to scrap a little more on both tip and blend. I try the reed on the oboe - how does it sound? what is the pitch like. I then adjust it a little more before making "windows" in the American scrape manner. At that point I leave the reed until the next day, and after soaking well, start my first practice on that reed, and assess where I need to adjust it. I make micro adjustments over the next couple of days to balance pitch and resistance etc, and then start on the next reed final adjustments. I work on batches of three or 4, tend to do the adjustments when it is humid or raining - I find I get much more stable reeds that way and actually need to adjust less. I usually have reeds in batches of 3-4 at various stages of completion, so that if I need a reed in a hurry, there is always one that just requires finishing off. This is the method I have had most success over the years with and I hope it gives you ideas. the most important thing is.....dont rush, make sure knives are sharp. Geoff

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