Topic: Adding resistance; Unbalanced octaves
Hey everyone. I'm a brand new reedmaker and have two questions. Please forgive my insolence, but I was wondering how to "add" resistance to a reed that already has a very thin tip? I made my first reed this evening and, while it plays fairly well, it responds to pretty much everything and I'm used to reeds that have more "kick-back" when articulated. Also, my high register (particularly Ab, A, Bb, and B) are a bit flat when I hit the second octave key. I did as the Weber book said and didn't overcompensate with my airflow...but even when I do, these notes are still a bit under pitch. Is there a particular area I can scrape to help fix this problem? Granted, I know that this first reed will leave MUCH to be desired, but I want to improve on my next one and hopefully get a little closer to what I define as being *publicly* playable! :-) Thanks for your help! I really do appreciate your thoughts and suggestions.