Topic: I want to do some reed experiments. Help me find things to try!
I'm especially interested in how people made reeds in the 19th century and earlier. Barring the fact that I'll still use my shape and profiler as a control, how did people make blanks? Any conceptually different things that are very different from the Skinner or Herzberg methods that seem to be most common in the USA?
I'm thinking of things like Chris Van Os' latest design where he "quick soaks" and "quick dries" in order to make a reed from the GSP stage to a playable reed in he claims 15 minutes. I've taken that as inspiration and made some blanks using a combination of sonic cleaner and boiling water, and a food dehydrator, in order to make the blanks very rapidly.
What else is out there?
Bassoon professor at University of Wisconsin Eau-Claire
Maker of the Little-Jake electric bassoon pickup and Weasel bassoon reeds