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I was talking to my saxophone teacher this evening and she mentioned that she 'seals' new reeds by sanding them lightly with 400 grit sand paper. So I asked her if she ever really tried sealing a reed with something like shellac? She recoiled at this apparently horrible idea. I dabble in constructing furniture in the 15min every month I am not trying to learn to play the sax so this seemed to be a natural idea. But has anyone tried it? Shellac is a natural product and is even used to coat hard candy. I'm thinking of giving this a try with a few tenor reeds this weekend.

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I think you've been sniffing too many shellac fumes.
Go ahead and coat your reeds if you want. Just be sure that the 'shellac' that you use is food safe.
Let us know how long it takes for it to blister and flake.
 

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I know plenty if people who coated reeds with nail varnish, kind of like a Rico Plasticovers. But I would think shellac is too brittle. It is made from insect excrement.
 
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