I like the staples made by Tomas (the oboetube.com site mentioned above). Yes, I have learned to be careful with the sealing (bottom) ring in particular (it tends to come off, but pretty much only during tying on a blank), but I do like it once you figure out the fit for the instrument you are making reeds for. What I like, though, over other corkless staple alternatives doesn't apply to the bassoon world (I can use any kind of staple I want and get the corkless benefit).
I have made one attempt to use the English horn equivalent of the Bassoon Boost, but botched the installation and haven't tried again.
I would like to try the technology on the really odd instruments like the musette (anything that might help the reeds!) and on the bass oboe (the cork on the Hiniker bocal needs to be really thick, otherwise, to fit the receiver, and that's hard to get cork thick enough yet flexible enough to be wrapped around the bocal), but, alas, nothing exists for those instruments.
I'm not totally convinced on the auditory benefits—getting reeds consistent enough to be sure it's really the staple isn't something I can do yet; individual reed variation seems a much bigger factor. But I'm not saying any sonic effects are entirely bogus, either; I'm just not good enough yet to have a definitive opinion.-kby
Last edited by kby (2014-02-25 01:37:36)