Date: 2017-04-24 06:09
If I were a pro, making reeds every day, I could probably could learn to make reeds quickly. But, as an amateur, I find that slow is the way to go. It seems like as you increase the amount of cane taken off per stroke, you increase the chance of taking off too much in any given stroke.
I am also a pretty mentally-flexible individual--which is great for creativity, but lousy for consistency. I often adapt OK to a reed that I am scraping, but after I've put it away and played other reeds for a while, I better see what is "wrong" with the reed that I've been working on when I come back to it. So, while there may be some physico-chemical process that happens to "resting" reeds, I find there is also some psychological recalibration that happens to the reedmaker/player as well.
Still an Amateur, but not really middle-aged anymore