Thanks Bob, I use a bevel block my Dad made for me that looks like the Chris Weait type with sandpaper. I have seen the razor blade type and they also look excellent.
Uh, I think I want to expand this further.
Since this subject hasn't come up yet, any four wire reed makers out there? I am sure there are quite a few ideas about that. I make reeds with both three and four wires, recently I have been using exclusively four wires. To be fair Alex our contra player and I have been using Donati cane off of my new gouger, with similar shapes,( mine is the old Pfeiffer Walt and his is a flat copy from Fox). (I think the Rieger #4 might be a similar shape, I may order one to measure it for to see if I can get a back up). Alex makes an excellent 3 wire reed and I make a four. We can each easily play on each others reeds, how we reach the end is different. I will not talk about wire placement, but obviously placement is closer together and the tube seals quite well. Honestly, my teacher had me start using 4 wires, I really liked it and I still do it. I do not see it interfering with the aperture, the reeds open nicely. I actually play with a larger reed opening than most people, I close them down for my wife, kids and students. I also like to keep the tubes on the larger side, I find it helps with the fullness of the lows and the high range, which I live for.
Ok, that's it, any four wire reed makers out there?
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