Topic: Why Not a Short Tie Length?
I notice that few of you tie oboe reeds at short lengths. I have always tied at about 71mm, clipped the reeds to 70mm, and had very good results with these tie and clip lengths. The ends of the reeds (on the staple) tend to split a bit more, but I lose very, very few reeds because of this.
The advantages seem to be:
(1) the reeds close down better with the short tie length (I learned this on the Forum);
(2) because the reeds close down better, they tend to be easier to play;
(3) because the reeds close down easier, I can use harder, longer-lasting cane; and
(4) beause the reeds close down better, I have to take less out of the backs, and this should make a stronger, longer lasting reed.
But there must be other theories on this subject, because so many of you tie at longer lengths.
Edward B. Flowers (ob)
New York City