Sax on the Web Forum banner

1 - 7 of 7 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
363 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
Im having an interesting problem...I use lavoz reeds on tenor, primarily a med. hard. I decided to try a hard reed instead of the medhard I usually use. So I slap it on and blow a few notes, and it plays like a medium! what the heck?! It should be harder to play, shouldn't it? It wasn't just the one reed either, it was all of them!! am I crazy?! I don't know...
has anyone else noticed this?
 

·
SOTW Administrator
Joined
·
26,208 Posts
I've found over the years that in boxes of reeds, there's ~a half reed strength difference over the whole box.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
363 Posts
Discussion Starter #4
I found a way to make them harder...I took a pair of scissors and cut a small portion of the tip off, then reshaped it with a file.....It plays really well now. although this sounds a little extreme just to get a hard reed...why would there be such a difference among reeds...surely manufacturers wouldn't suck that much?
 

·
Banned
Joined
·
4,517 Posts
I am by no means no expert, and their will probably be other opinions.

But I believe, that it could do with the Cane the reeds were cut from. They way they were cut? Thats all I can think of.
 

·
Distinguished SOTW Member
Joined
·
14,268 Posts
In my experience reeds are among the most inconsistent things in the saxophone world. Trimming and shaving are two ways to bring most reeds in a box into a match. DAVE
 

·
Distinguished SOTW Member
Joined
·
3,875 Posts
Cranky Bear said:
I found a way to make them harder...I took a pair of scissors and cut a small portion of the tip off, then reshaped it with a file.....It plays really well now. although this sounds a little extreme just to get a hard reed...why would there be such a difference among reeds...surely manufacturers wouldn't suck that much?
They make these thinks called reed trimmers. Much more accurate than scissors.
 
1 - 7 of 7 Posts
Top