Topic: How to open the tip opening on a "finished" reed?

Sometimes there is a finished reed that is just fine, but the opening tends to collapse easily. Usually this goes along with a scrape that has already removed some cane. One of the typical 'rescue' steps is wire, however wire changes the ability to vibrate and the reed overall.
Are there any other ways to open up the tip a little bit? Where would one take cane off in order to open it more up?
Other options?

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Re: How to open the tip opening on a "finished" reed?

There are several things you could do...

1.  Get smaller diameter cane
2.  Leave more wood in the spine and/or try to continue the spine into the heart
3.  I've found that blending the windows into the heart also opens the tip a little more.
4.  Experiment with staples and gouge.

Good Luck!

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Re: How to open the tip opening on a "finished" reed?

Using the Herzberg bevel may help:
http://www.doublereed.org/IDRSBBS/viewtopic.php?id=92

Associate Professor of Bassoon, University of North Carolina School of the Arts
Principal Bassoon, Winston-Salem Symphony
Bassoon, Zéphyros Winds
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