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Best way to adjust?

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My regular Gonzalez 2¾ reeds are not available right now and they have a delivery date of a couple of months, so I'm stuck with either trimming a bit off 2½s with a reed cutter, or shaving down 3s with reed rush. I've tried both methods and I'm not getting good results with either. I get the closest approximation to a 2¾ feel by trimming about ½+mm off a 2½, but it's not a good end result - it just feels strange, but that may be me not the reed. I've totally failed with the reed rush. All I get after shaving down a 3 is a reed that sounds horrible and doesn't last 5 minutes, so I guess I'm doing something wrong there.

So I wondered what the best advice is to manufacture a decent playing reed between a 2½ and a 3, cut down the softer one or shave down the harder one, and if its the latter, how is it best done?
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Thanks very much for the advice and for pointing me at the ATG system. I'd not heard of it before.

I've just watched the ATG demo on You Tube and had a look at their web site. Looks very interesting, but I've had a quick trawl round the usual UK woodwind retailers and can't find it on sale here anywhere. There's a US supplier who'll ship to the UK but it's going to cost me $96 + shipping, probably around £60 - £70 total. I really want to spend that much when I've never found the need to adjust a Gonzalez reed and I only have to struggle on for a couple of months before my 2¾s are available again? Probably not.

Thanks again for the help though. Much appreciated.
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