I think I see how the reaming-while-wet was kinda controversial. I just made two reeds using the method that both of my teachers used, which entailed:
1. Beveling with a blade
2. Forming the tube round with thread
3. Putting the wires on
4. crushing the tube with pliers
5. Letting the reed dry
When I did this I was able to form the tube so that it dried on the mandrel all the way down, but the next day the wires were really loose, as you'd expect. Snugging up the third wire all the way, then the second and first somewhat, I wrapped and glued and set about the finishing process. The tube was too small after soaking again due to me tightening the third wire.
I went to ream wet and the cane shredded apart like crazy. I think because I crushed the tube the fibers of the cane were already pretty much pulp, so throwing a reamer into the wet pulp really made for a messy ream. My hypothesis is that crushing the tube or possibly even just putting the wires on while the cane is wet (which will crush a little) creates this issue when reaming wet.
Last edited by Trent (2011-03-27 10:36:13)
M.M.A., D.M.A. University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign: B.Mus. Lawrence University
Bassoon professor at University of Wisconsin Eau-Claire
Maker of the Little-Jake electric bassoon pickup and Weasel bassoon reeds