Kim Haan, oboist
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|Posted on May 23, 2013 at 6:32 AM|
I've spent the past couple of months perfecting my reed making techniques. I now am able to offer a pupil reed which can be described as medium soft - it vibrates freely and is easy to play. The harder reed which I myself use is probably more medium than hard. It is fairly open and quite flexible and produces a resonant sound. I've been experimenting with using a U scrape, a W scrape and a continental scrape - I go back and forth depending on how a particular piece of cane is responding to the first crow after profiling a U scraped reed. The rest of the scraping I do using a knife.
My playing has improved with the refinement of my reed technique and I've stopped getting dizzy blowing on hard reeds.
Do give my reeds a try. They are economically priced at £7 each for a softer reed and £10 each for a harder reed.