Topic: Reeds cracking lengthwise - straight line - puzzling
Hi, I have a student in high school who is cracking about 50 % of the reeds he plays on straight down the reed, either just left or just right of center. It is happening with different brands/makers, including my own reeds I make for him - both oboe and EH. At first I thought it was maybe my gouging machine having a slight chip causing a weakness on one side...Nope. Happening with three different Branson's of reeds and mine.
The only constant is that this sophomore in HS likes really easy reeds due to his asthma. Is there a correlation with really soft resistance and this cracking? Incidentally it's happening with his EH reeds as well. I'm baffled.....thoughts? Too much embouchure pressure ? ( he plays flat otherwise).
Professor of Oboe/EH - Youngstown State University
Howland Schools - MS (director of bands); HS (Asst. Dir of Bands, Marching, Symphonic)