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Any thoughts comparing the New Diamond G4 vs the Classic ReedGeek. Going to take the plunge and get back to working on reeds.
 

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I have the classic and lately have been considering getting the diamond G4. Supposedly, the G4 is more refined and perhaps longer lasting. Maybe better at also working on synthetic reeds which I have worked on with my classic with no problems at all. In my case, since the classic is still going strong I have refrained from the getting the G4. Should my classic start to wear off, I would probably get the "Diamond".
 

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Here is an old thread that talks about rust formation on the reed geek, but if you scroll down to the bottom of the page, you will see reference to a lathe fly cutter bit that can be used like a reed geek for about 1/10 the price. https://forum.saxontheweb.net/archive/index.php/t-337145.html

You can also find them easily on Amazon by searching for 1/4 x1/4 fly cutter. Here is one example from Amazon:
https://www.amazon.com/Cobalt-Steel.../4+fly+cutter&qid=1549812093&s=gateway&sr=8-9

However, as I posted on your thread related to general reed working, I would just use a pocket knife. Cheap and well suited to the job.
 

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Thanks for the tip. I just ordered 2. Knives are great but not something I could have at the middle school where I teach or leave in the case when flying.

You can also find them easily on Amazon by searching for 1/4 x1/4 fly cutter. Here is one example from Amazon:
https://www.amazon.com/Cobalt-Steel.../4+fly+cutter&qid=1549812093&s=gateway&sr=8-9

However, as I posted on your thread related to general reed working, I would just use a pocket knife. Cheap and well suited to the job.
 

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Any thoughts comparing the New Diamond G4 vs the Classic ReedGeek. Going to take the plunge and get back to working on reeds.
Have exactly the same question!
 

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The original Reed Geek is nothing more than an inexpensive mini lathe bit. A set of 5 bits having 4 which are usable to shave reeds can be obtained from numerous hardware and tool stores. E.g.:
https://www.harborfreight.com/5-pie...-tool-bits-for-metalworking-lathes-40641.html

I have been using the same lathe bit, which cost about 1$ US, to shave reeds for over five years. Every few months I rub it down with a small bit of mineral oil and I store it in a small vial.
 

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My thought is to not buy either. After using the Geek original for 3 years I went back to #400 wet-dri sandpaper and noticed immediate improvement in reed response.
 

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The Reed Geek is good for flattening the back, though as noted by Reedscraper, 400 grit sandpaper on a piece of glass works fine too. Sandpaper is harder to use if the reed is wet. The lathe tool bits work just as well...

The Reed Geek, IMHO, is not good for working on the vamp of the reed, despite the marketing hype of the Geek-o-philes. For that, sandpaper is the preferred tool, though I use 320 grit.
 
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