Topic: cracking A's
Hi... I'm used to very wide reeds and am very comfortable making them.
Lately I've been trying to make thinner reeds (like dimensions of typical American or European players), and while a few turn out really good, most run into the same extreme problem. The A's become sharp and thin, and when I don't flick the one at the top of the bass clef, it cracks down and sounds like an incoherent mess, every single time. Now, I flick, of course. But to me that has always been an indication of a really bad reed, and it shouldn't be that way.
Can anyone offer suggestions on what causes this or how to fix it? I've heard scraping the channels can help, but that does not seem to have any effect. I guess I've never believed in a 'scrape-by-numbers' approach.