Topic: Making oboe reeds vibrate properly
I am a senior high school student who has been making reeds for about 1 1/2 years. Throughout the year I have been encountering the same problems and roadblocks in my reedmaking. I hope you all experts can help me out.
A little description of my reed-making process:
I use Cote d' Azur #-1 10-10.5mm cane and Rigotti 47mm staples. I usually tie them at around 73.5mm, no more than 74mm. My tip starts at 65mm, hump starts at around 60-60.5mm, back starts at around 51mm. My style is pretty close to the one in the Jay light reedmaking book. I start scraping the tip, open it and scrap to the point where I get a quiet C or C#. Then I start the heart (usually this step I start at 56mm) until I get a rattling B. Honestly that was my goal, but I haven't been having much success with the rattling B. Then when I try to establish the back, I often end up with a unbalanced crow. When I try to fine tune them, I always feel my reeds are very hard and often need to squish the opening. Somehow I feel like I can never get to the point where I feel comfortable.
I am always scared of 2 things: 1 is having too much out from the hump / heart, then my tone quality will be bright; another one is having to take out too much from the back (trying to close the reed) that the reed collapses.
I am thinking, either is the length of the blank, or the thickness of the hump, or the general relative thickness that cause the unbalanced crow. I have been trying to modify my reed-making, but it proved to be a complete failure. Now I am stuck and confused, not knowing how to solve the problem. Is there a way to achieve a reed with a balanced crow, allowing free flow of air, and has a dark, rich tone?
Thank you for responding to my question!