I have been seeing several people using the "Reed Geek" tool. Mainly single reeds...but have been hearing some buzz about use with double reeds. Anyone use them? What are your experiences with oboe and bassoon using it?
I have one, and I find the rounded tip of the Reed Geek very helpful for making 'windows' on an oboe reed, and also for scraping in the channels on a bassoon reed. The beauty of this device is the control--you can use it to take off a lot or the tiniest amount, depending on how you use it. The trick, which the guy showed me at last year's conference, it to use it like the eraser on a pencil to kind of 'scrub off' material.
I use the rounded end or tip exclusively--the flat edges along the length of the tool are intended for clarinet or sax and don't really lend themselves to double reeds. My only complaint is that the manufacturer should have provided a second rounded tip at the opposite end. Instead, it's just cut off square.
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