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Hey guys. I've heard of a lot of professionals that make their own clarinet reeds, and i think i would really like to give it a try. I'm constantly switching between different reed cuts, and i almost never can find the one that gets the exact sound i want (the closest one is the V.12). How do i go about making my own reeds? is it more expensive than buying commercial reeds? is it easy?
 

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It is more expensive to get started. Ask someone who makes thier own oboe/cor/bassoon reeds.
You should do a little 'pricing' of the tools you'll need, the brand/form of cane/blanks, band aids...
When you are first learning you will have a lot of 'waste' and cane isn't cheap.
If you have the time and money, go for it.
I would much rather save what little cash I have and stay with 'factory' reeds and tweak as necessary.
 

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I used to make reeds. I made one really good reed, then gave up. It's a lot of work and expense, and very time-consuming. Get a book on reed adjusting, there are several to choose from, and learn to adjust factory reeds. It's easy to learn, and you'll find that you can make a lot more of your reeds play well enough to use.
 

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even if you make you own reeds you still can't escape the fact that reed is a natural product and whatever you do to it one batch won't be like the other .
Double reed players seem to take great pleasure from doing this and all they ever talk about int heir secret societies is reeds. (a bit like mouthpieces for the sax players). On the other hand you might have a life beside clarinet or saxophone playing and this is too short to spend it doing something that is very well done by someone else. You will spend lots of money, you will maker lots of duds, you will take years to reach the level of precision of even the least precise machine made reed.
 

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There are lots of great resources out there. There are a number of clarinet reed books available here-

http://www.vcisinc.com/clarinet.htm

The Opperman book is probably the best known.

You can make reeds with only a handful of tools or use tools which will involve less handwork.

http://www.thereedmachine.net/products.php?cat=7

http://www.rabcoreedual.com/

I have known some folks who have made reeds successfully. There are many advantages. You can customize them exactly to your tastes. Most say that the reeds will last longer than commercial reeds. There will certainly be a learning curve, but any knowledge and experience will also prove very helpful in adjusting commercial reeds and having a greater understanding of how reeds work.
 
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