Topic: Collar or no collar? What do YOU do?
It's pretty quiet here, let's get something started. Let's do a completely unscientific survey. I'll keep track of the responses and post the results in a week or two.
Do you make a collar on your bassoon reeds or not?
(Yes or no answers only. If that's too limiting for you, maybe a brief explanation as to why you do what you do, but keep it short. Not like my usual responses.)
Added a bit later: Thought I'd clarify my idea of a collar, since the first replies seem to indicate to me that perhaps there are different ideas on just what a collar is. (They all came back YES to having a collar.)
I guess all reeds sort of have a collar to some extent. When the cane is profiled, there is a definite line across the back of the blade. Some people might consider this a collar. I don't.
Also, some people might have some unprofiled cane in front of the first wire, before the actual vibrating blade.
My thought was that a collar is a significant cut into the cane that's made usually with a file across the blank. Not the cut that comes off the profiler. Wire placement is not as significant to me, as far as this discussion goes, but it would definitely affect how a reed responds and what you can do with it regarding tip opening, etc..
If you're still not sure what I'm talking about, take a look at most sax or clarinet reeds. In my opinion, they don't have collars, but instead they have a slope up into the bark. (With the exception of a few new reeds styles usually called "French cut" or something like that. Don't look at them!)
Last edited by DaHah (2007-09-22 11:14:44)
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