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Modify and fix a dead reed

Started by Tony Edge, February 01, 2013, 12:17:32 am

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Tony Edge

February 01, 2013, 12:17:32 am Last Edit: February 04, 2013, 12:27:05 am by Tony Edge
Modify and fix a dead reed

I have just rejuvenated my stock of discarded reeds by matching with the best reed.

Testing the strength of the reed by bending the tip against a flat surface or your thumb nail,
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8518/8431540536_4ede243de9_m.jpg
if too soft use a reed trimmer. If you cut off more than 2mm you may have to move the ramp and heart nearer the file marking.
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8329/8431532674_dc7d3e0d7b_c.jpg

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8516/8430450157_455be96f12_z.jpg

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8463/8431533078_b8bb4f4850_z.jpg

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8494/8434327544_50fdb4d785_z.jpg

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8078/8431528736_682b523c94.jpg


The method with comparing the colours of the heart, tip, land against a lamp.
Using aluminium oxide sanding paper to reshape the reed progressively using finer grade of sanding paper.
Working down the grain to the tip not up grain.
For the final finish use flour grade wet and dry paper as used in car paint shops.

Check for swollen reeds (youtube)
http://www.youtube.com/v/WfDhaeePf6w

Vandoren reeds
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8056/8434316482_462a71141a_z.jpg

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8475/8433227125_8c2560ef78_c.jpg

To download the Vandoren magazine .pdf
http://www.whyvandoren.com/instructional/images/vandoren4us.pdf

Rico reeds for the Tenor Saxophone "Filed vs. Unfiled?What Does It Mean?" Filed
A reed that goes through one additional cutting process that removes bark from the reed?s shoulders. This allows for faster vibration.
http://www.ricoreeds.com/ricoReedSaxTenor.Page?ActiveID=4682

Filed reed


Unfiled

http://www.daddario.com/resources/Rico/pdf/reed_anatomy.pdf

Link to:   40 page paper by Timothy Nunnink
A COMPARISON OF THE TECHNIQUES USED FOR ADJUSTING THE
SINGLE REED ON THE SAXOPHONE
download:
http://doctorsax.biz/musical%20instruments/reeds/reed_adjusting_paper.pdf