That's why I play synthetic, slap it on and go. No dry reed problems when doubling. But for the odd instrument that has no synthetic available, like contrabass clarinet, a blade and a silver dollar are awfully handy. I pity people who have to buy many of those reeds to get one that plays.hakukani said:If I wanted to obsess about working on reeds, I'd still play oboe.
That's my way, too. I MAY fiddle with them with reed rush (or that new Vandoren reed stick thingy, but I HATE spending the time. I find a couple per box I can live with save the others for a rainy day...at which point I throw them out usually. I'm sure I'm spending more $ on reeds than those of you who work on them, but it's been worth it for me to have the horn in my face longer.hakukani said:I just break mine in during practice. If they don't work, they go back in the drawer. If I wanted to obsess about working on reeds, I'd still play oboe.
Its not that I do things to keep the reeds from warping, its just keeping them in shape. First of all, using Silicone sandpaper, I use 420 to "polish the reed." THis keeps some of the water out. Another thing is usnig water instead of spit to wet your reeds, chemicals in saliva break down the cane and cause warpage. Another thing is just, if you notice a reed playing a little different than usual, check it by lying it on a flat surface, I use a small piece of plate glas that i got from a glass place for free 2"X4". You lay the reed down on that and press around the edges, or you can tell visually once you know what you're looking for. If when you press on the edges of the vamp, you notice that you have to push on the reed a little to get it to touch the glass completely, or you can see the reed not touching the glass all the way around, you have a warped reed. If it is warped, just take some sandpaper, I think I use 220 for this, put it between the glass and the reed, and rub the reed back and forth until it sits flat on the glass by itself, or you can check by using the suck test. Sometimes if you have to sand a lot, you may need to clip the reed.bbbouklas said:@YPYAJ what do you do to make your reeds not warp from humidity?
@speyman what exactly do you do to your reeds to achieve that??
OK, great. Now can you describe what you do to the reed so that others on SOTW can understand what it is all about? Maybe we shouldn't take things for granted regarding this subject so that others can learn which is what SOTW is all about.Carl H. said:Sounds like a standard balancing/matching to me.
If it's not rocket science then you should be able to explain to the people on SOTW or maybe you would like to keep that to yourself and just posture a bit as you know something that someone else doesn't know. Just what is that simple setup you have that does the job quite nicely or is that another trade secret of your and is not for the eyes of people on SOTW.Carl H. said:It isn't rocket science, but there is some art to it. If you can't handle a knife safely it takes a bit more time using other methods, but for $3 I have a simple setup which does the job quite nicely.
speyman said:Just what is that simple setup you have that does the job quite nicely or is that another trade secret of your and is not for the eyes of people on SOTW.
You knew who I meant.speyman said:Who the hell is S. Goodman?
As I said, It's been a while since I was at his site.speyman said:Maybe you could point that out.