Topic: Bassoon reed side leak problem
I'm in the middle of Japan where there aren't any bassoon teachers, and I couldn't find anything online about my reed problem.
I'm working on a new reed, and air leaks out of the sides of the blades on both sides. Is there a way to close the gaps? Would filing or sanding work? I tried squeezing both wires to varying degrees, but it closes the tip too much.
Is this why the reed plays sharp?
Could someome recommend a website that will help me troubleshoot my reed making problems?