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 Re: Favourite long scrape reeds
Author: jhoyla 
Date:   2017-06-18 14:48

I would only ever wire a reed in order to close it down a little, and then only temporarily (I remove the wire after a couple of hours playing - no longer necessary).

Wiring a reed open will never have the effect you desire IMHO. There are other ways to open a closed reed at a pinch :) Put your mandrel in the reed, draw it back out about 2mm (but keep the angle!!), then with some smooth, snipe-nosed pliers, pinch the thread about 3mm below the cane parallel to the blades. Flip 180 degrees and do it again. If it has no effect, try again and squeeze a tiny bit harder.

The objective is to deform the staple just below the end so that it "flares" a tiny, tiny bit. There is no going back - but if you have a dead reed, what harm?

You will need to wrap the base of the cane with fishskin/cling-film to seal, once you have opened it in this manner.

The next thing to do is MARK this staple with nail-varnish, and THROW IT AWAY when the reed is done; a misshapen staple will never work again and you could ruin gobs of good cane trying to figure out why your cane keeps cracking when you tie on.

Good luck!

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