Topic: profilers and gougers

Who makes the best profilers and gougers, and is it necessary to stick with one persons machines to obtain a more reliable result? There are at least five companies that make machines like this: Rieger, TA Machines, Popkin, RDG, and Reeds & Stuff. Do you know if any of these are better than the others? I'd hate to spend that kind of money and buy a poorly made tool. What do you guys think? Thanks.

http://www.georgrieger.com/html-en/home/index.html
http://www.ta-machines.com/english/index.html
http://www.bassooncamp.com/tools3.html
http://www.rdgwoodwinds.com/index.php?cPath=2_3
http://www.reedsnstuff.de/bassoon_usa/bassoon_usa.htm

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Re: profilers and gougers

sounds great :-D

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Hi Tom,

  Personally, and from my own experience, the matching of
the shaper tool to the profiler is (more) paramount than the
gouger (inner reed) / profiler (outer reed) "mix". Obviously,
if the longitudinal maximum of both machining results don't
work together, you have a problem, but still apples and oranges...

  None of the products you mention ring a bell as having problems
with longevity or outright quality, and some have been
around for quite a while!

  Both the Mark Popkin, and the "Herzberg Projects" shaper/profiler
sets are designed to mitigate the shaper tool/profiler issues.

  By all means, let us know what you choose as best for you!

Regards,
Guy Mallery

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Re: profilers and gougers

cool, that's really good to know. thanks alot!

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Hi Tom,

I use Rieger tools in my business. I won't try to convince you they are better than others because most of the available gougers and profilers are pretty well made these days. The Riegers are certainly among the best. They are well designed and durable and I'm very happy with them. One drawback is that they tend to be a little hard to come by and most of the dealers have a waiting list for them. I think Guy raises a good point regarding the relationship between the profiler and the shaper. Ideally you would want to adjust the profiler for each different tip you might use. However, I have to confess to using the same profiler setting for each of the three tips I use.

Gene Carter, Owner
Linden Reeds

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Does anyone has a method to record the adjustment of profilers and tip-profilers?

I usually see myself finding an ideal adjustment of my machines to a certain cane (harvest and provider),  only to change again when a new batch comes.
I tried to photograph the regulating screws, and make a logbook type of thing (what cane, when bought, what shape, and so on). Doe anyone have a better idea?

Thanks,

Mike

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