Depends on the shape.
My wires, from the butt end of the tube (which is probably the worst place I could be measuring by, but it has to do with my beveling strategy) are:
collar at 28mm
from first wire to tip 29mm for A=440
Yeah, my reeds are long.
Second wire should stay as round as possible and the tip opening is controlled by the first wire alone unless something weird happened for me.
I tried the Danzi thing once and never got it to work. From what I understand the second wire is "just along for the ride" and is mainly just to make sure the reed doesn't separate. In that style the fulcrum is all about 3rd and 1st wire relationship, but the tube should be shorter and the shape adjusted accordingly. That's how I understand it, and like I said, I never really worked it out so I probably misunderstand the theory behind that reed style.
When I studied with Monte Perkins at Lawrence University his measurements were:
11/32 inch between first and second wire, 1 & 4/32 inches from first wire to tip. He used to use Jones GSP cane, don't know what he's using these days or if he's changed those measurements.
Timothy McGovern at University of Illinois, from butt end of reed:
27mm (I think)
30mm to collar (blended collar into the blade)
Last edited by Trent (2010-05-04 20:45:47)
M.M.A., D.M.A. University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign: B.Mus. Lawrence University
Bassoon professor at University of Wisconsin Eau-Claire
Maker of the Little-Jake electric bassoon pickup and Weasel bassoon reeds