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Is anyone here making their own sax reeds? I make clarinet reeds myself. I would love to make some of the bigger reeds as well (saxes and bass-cl etc) but I would need to invest in the bigger profiler if making more than just a few every now and then.

So I am just curious, anyone smiling all the way to stage with their own sax reeds?
 

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Welcome to the SOTW scrum. That sounds like a whole lot of work, amigo.

I am *not* making my own. How long have you been making your own CL reeds?

Which blanks are you using? Wait ... are you even using precut blanks?
Inquiring minds want to know!


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Long story short (will tell more later) :

I make them from scratch. Whole tubes, thst is. I also have a supply of ready made blanks that only needs profiling. In total, I save time.

My reeds are so much better and many more of them are good. And very importantly, they last very much longer, often several months, as opposed to several days. I make alot more than I need, and sell reeds to other clarinet pros as well as happy amateurs and clarinet friends.
 

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I, for one, would love to hear how to do this. How tool intensive is this process?
 

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If you make from premade blanks, you only need a profiler and a reed clipper. As well as some sandpaper for polishing.

Some more tools are recommended if you make from whole tubes, but all of it can be done with just a knife, a glass plate and sandpaper. That's how I learned it initially.
 

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Excellent.

Reed clippers I have. Where does one find a profiler? Blanks? Raw material (tubes)?

Thanks for sharing this.
 

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I was sitting here thinking I could grab some blanks and use a Reed Wizard (which I scored from Reverb.com for $100) to turn them into playable reeds.. doesn't sound like it. :)
 

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This subject has come up before, there is even a poll


https://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?119044-Making-Your-Own-Sax-Reeds-The-Savior
https://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?22482-Making-your-own-reeds
https://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?118324-Reed-making
https://forum.saxontheweb.net/showthread.php?226343-Making-one-s-own-reeds


This thing of making your clarinet reeds is way more popular in Germany where there are also workshops and things like that.

You tube has also stuff


You can buy reed blanks there are lots of sources
 

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The reed plant is an invasive pest in some areas of California, so some of us might have practice material handy. The only time I've seen it growing wild, I don't the canes were big enough to make a clarinet reed, but maybe there's big stuff if you know where to look.
 

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It's growing next door to me in SoCal.
Even though it's 20 feet tall the tubes aren't that wide (1 1/2 -2 ")
 

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I modify my own sax and clarinet reeds, and make my own bagpipe chanter and drone reeds from scratch. But I haven't tried making my own sax reeds, yet.
 

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then what keeps you from harvesting them, keep them in storage fro 3 years, select, cut, quarter and then , learning to make reeds with machines of variable price but all rather expensive...

Unless you do this for others making reeds from reeds harvested in the wild is highly unpractical and very expensive.

But yes, you may, then, blame yourself for the reed’s inconsistencies instead of blaming any given company.


 

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ah and don’t forget to spend even more to test the “ strenght” (only at the tip!)


Well if you don’t want to spend too much get yourself one of these ( they are still around!)

 
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