What reed adjustments can I make to improve pitch and response?
Which tools do I need to adjust reeds?
Where can I buy reed tools?
On the fourth day of LMC 2019 we discussed reed trouble shooting, adjustments for fixing intonation and response issues, and which tools may be used to adjust reeds.
Handouts: Reed Trouble Shooting, Reed Making Packet & Reed Care
Students learned the terms for the different parts of the reed and how each area might respond to scraping.
Spine: Thick section running down the center of the reed.
Heart: Heavier portion of the reed near the tip.
Channels: Along either side of the spine
Rails: Along the edges of the reed
Collar: Where the bark and blade meet
Turban: Wrapping on a reed
Butt: The base of the reed
Corners: The thin areas at the side of the tip
Buying Reeds & Tools for Adjustment Online
Where to Buy Reeds Online
Blue Moon Bassoon, Bocal Majority, GoBassoon, Midwest Musical Imports
Where to Buy Tools Online
Many of these tools are available at the hardware store, Amazon, or bassoon retailers such as Bocal Majority & Midwest Musical Imports
Essential Tools: Pliers, Plaque, Holding Mandrel, Diamond Files, 600 Grit Sandpaper
Start with the wires, they are the easiest to change back if you don’t like your adjustment - Use the Wire Chart to help you decide which wires to adjust
Lightly sanding the tip can help with response and clarity
Sanding near the collar can help with low note response