Topic: Van Hoesen/Hunt Bassoon Profiler
My Army unit just purchased one of the Van Hoesen/Hunt bassoon profilers, available from Maine Tool Room for the 3 of us to use. We like the overall concept of the machine - it puts in a nice spine, tip opening is really good, etc, but the three of us have yet to produce any reeds we'd feel comfortable playing. The profiler comes set up so that the tip is approximately .07" thick, which is dramatically thinner than we're used to. Not only do we get falling E, but also falling F and D. We've tried several different brands of cane, a few different shapers, and we all bevel, yet we always achieve the same results.
Does anybody have any experience with this machine and have any advice? We tried adding shims to the tip to thicken it, but since it raises the cam, it also thickens the back. Someone suggested scotch tape at on the cam, which perhaps would work better at thickening the tip without raising the back. Anyways, thanks, in advance, and I look forward to your wise counsel.