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 Remedy for reeds not sealing near heart?
Author: mberkowski 
Date:   2017-05-30 01:39

Hi all,

So as I've mentioned in some earlier reed posts, I don't have a private teacher right now, owing to family responsibilities and other rehearsal schedules. I'm going it alone to improve at reedmaking and have made excellent progress.

Around a year ago I bought a small batch of GSF cane from an inexpensive auction supplier and have finally gotten around to start using it. It's a wider, more flared shape than I've used before and I've made a few good sounding reeds. I don't know the named shape, and compared the listed dimensions to common shapes with no identical comparison.

But, almost half the cane pieces from this batch have had a tendency to open up on the sides after 15 minutes of use. They're sealed at first, then they'll stop working, having opened up high near the transition from the heart to the windows (American scrape). This is obviously too high to seal with teflon tape...

What would you think the most likely causes are? I'm assuming something like

Bad cane/bad gouge? (seems probable and I'm not ordering from this supplier again)

Faulty tie-on? Same issues on Glotin 47mm and Prestini brass staples, tied 73mm

Is there any remedy to keep these from opening once they're finished or any way to seal them up near the heart? For a more flared shape, should I experiment in tying shorter or longer? Should I just throw away this cane?

As always, thanks for your input.


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