Topic: Use of Files in the Process

Hello All,

I am just curious about the types of files that people like to use.  Which materials, shapes, and cuts (00,0,2, or 4 etc) do people find useful for which parts of the reed making process? How do you care for your files?

Thank you!

Many Smiles,
Adam Romey

Reality can be beaten with enough imagination.


Re: Use of Files in the Process

For years I have used fine and coarse Grobet files sold by Christlieb Products. I also use diamond dust files sold by Dale Clark for fine finishing work. crw

Christopher Weait,
Principal bassoon, Toronto Symphony (1968 - 1985)
IDRS Honorary Member; Emeritus professor Ohio State University

Re: Use of Files in the Process

In beveling I use a big coarse file, but that's not really what you're asking. My scraping technique uses a super cheap dollar store quality swiss triangle file (the kind that comes in a set with 5 other files you're not going to use but cost about $3 for the whole set so why the heck not?). I use it to smooth out the scrape from my knife and the rough cut of the collar. I use the file pretty much just this one time, the rest of my work is knife and sand paper.

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