Great Reeds Always Start With A Properly Constructed Blank!

Have you ever wondered why you don't get the results you want, even though you feel like you are adhering to all the scraping techniques that you were taught?  Welcome to the world of oboe!  The only way to have a fighting chance of making a great reed (even with the best scraping technique) is to have a properly constructed blank.  This requires more than keeping the cane straight, closing the sides, not over-tying and establishing the right length.  This is a lesson that is often learned the hard way (including for me).  The "secret sauce" in a great blank is creating torque in the tie before setting the overlap.  This secures the seal like nothing else, compensates for the tendencies of the cane to shift during scraping, increases the stability of the reed, and keeps the pitch up (even with heavy scraping for lighter reeds).  When you use my blanks and profiled reeds you will experience the difference.  When you notice that the face of my cane is not flat with the mandrel, don't worry.  I do it on purpose-  "the secret sauce".

Blanks and Profiled Reeds:  All Made To Order (5 Reed Minimum)

1) Clean Blanks -

  • Choice of Diameter (10-10.5 or 10.5-11)
  • Brannen Shape
  • Choice of either Chiarugi ( 46 or 47 mm) or Chartier Staples
  • 72 mm in length unless otherwise specified through on-line contact form
  • Torque is installed, but overlap must be established as soon as the tip is clipped
  • No scraping

2) Modified Blank (1/4 finished)

  • Choice of diameter (10-10.5 or 10.5-11)
  • Brannen Shape
  • Choice of either Chiarugi (46 or 47 mm) or Chartier Staples
  • 72 mm unless otherwise specified  through on-line contact form
  • Tip is scraped enough for clipping but the tip dimensions are not fixed.  The channels of the back get 5 scrapes to expose the bark.
  • The torque is installed
  • The reed is clipped and the overlap is established at once (preferred method to clean blank when the overlap is installed at a later date).

3) Profiled Reed (1/2 + finished)

  • All options from the modified version
  • Reeds are given an American Scrape on a Reeds n Stuff Profiler (note: We do not use a profiler for our finished reeds, but it serves as a good consistent start for most reed makers)
  • Two levels of finishing based on the extent of the reduction of the gouge in the heart (.45-.47 or .42-.45)  This will also effect the amount of cane taken out of the tip.  
  • The reed will not be clipped again after the profiling.
  • The size of the aperture should correspond to your choice of diameter.  

Note: Reeds will generally be made on medium strength cane during the late spring through early fall, and our harder Magic Reed cane mid fall through mid spring.  If you prefer a different option, please use our contact form.

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