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Hey, Folks

Gather 10 sax players and you'll have 11 different ways to break in and take care of your reeds.
I've tried many of them.
Here's the system I use:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRAKij61y_g


It's easy, straight-forward, and helps my reeds play well and last long. And it's economical.

Anybody else use a similar approach?


warm greetings from Pennsylvania!
~ Rick
 

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I do, but I also balance them too. Most of the reeds I try have one corner/side that is harder than the other. If you seal off one side so that only the other vibrates, you can hear that often times, one side sounds different than the other. I work on the reeds until both sides sound the same and then I leave it be.

But as far as soaking and polishing, I do the same thing. I actually use the back of a plastic spoon to polish the vamp. And I soak it in tepid water when possible instead of cold.

Do you actually polish it every day or just on the first day?
 

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Yes, I polish the reed every time I put it on the horn, throughout the life of the reed.
Polishing seems to allow the reed to play more vibrantly.
I can't explain why this is so.
 

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Even though I've become a Fibrocell guy, I might try what you say. I'll take four reeds, break them in over serveral days and let you know what happened. Then I can rotate them untill they begin to collapse.
 
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