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Tom Ridenour, inventor of the ATG Reed Finishing System, has put up a series of videos in the last couple of weeks on balancing/adjusting reeds. In this video he discusses why this skill is so essential, telling a story from his time at Leblanc, where he was a designer. At that time they had a manufacturer make Leblanc branded reeds, but they were all unplayable out of the box. He visits the manufacturer in France and helps them fix the problems.

This is a very interesting story in light of the recent discussions here on reed inconsistencies (to say nothing of long-running ones!) Many folks have complained about paying many dollars per reed and still getting unplayable ones. This video may shed some light on that subject.


Full disclosure, I own the ATG system, but currently don’t use it all the time as I feel I can do more detailed work with just a piece of sandpaper. But I recommend it highly as it is almost foolproof (and there are a lot of fools around when it comes to reeds!) and the booklet and DVD that come with it are worth the price by themselves.
 

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Yes, Tom Ridenour knows his stuff. I have the ATG also since a long time ago.
Students that are interested in reed work all get shown the video and that is where we start.
 
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