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Kim Haan, oboist

cor anglais and oboe d'amore player

tutor of oboe, theory and piano

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The Perfect Reed

Posted on January 18, 2014 at 6:04 PM
I think I've found the perfect reed.

It's similar to the way I used to make my reeds when I lived in the States and incorporates the English and the Continental styles.

I use a Rieger profiler that I've set up for a longer tip and a longer back than the English U scrape.  The back is not as long as the American back which goes almost to the top of the thread.

I set the profiler to take a small amount of cane off of the reed and then I hand scrape the tip to make it longer and to incorporate more of a "heart" and secondary tip after the primary tip.  I also take more out of the back but leaving the spine intact.

Well, I seem to have developed a consistency that I like and my pupils like.  

Categories: oboe, reeds, profiler, Reeds

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