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    srosensan
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    I’ve been having trouble finding suitable wire to use making reeds. The 22 gauge annealed wire from the hardware store is not flexible enough. I hesitate to buy mail order unless I know that the wire will be usable. Where do some of you get your wire?

    #119344
    Kent Moore
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    Hi srosensan,

    Most use 22 gauge soft brass wire. Here is one pound of it which will last you a long time.

    https://www.charlesmusic.com/cgi-bin/theo?action=product&product_number=5-7-302

    Some prefer a heavier 21 gauge. You can find that here and also smaller spools if you don’t need a pound.

    https://www.charlesmusic.com/cgi-bin/theo?action=category&main_category=Bassoon%20Reed%20Making&sub_category=Files%20and%20Wire

    #119345
    William Safford
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    If you’re willing to buy by the pound, Malin Co. soft brass is good. (A pound is a LOT of wire.)

    Any reputable double reed mail order firm should be able to supply you with good wire.

    #119346
    Kent Moore
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    Yes, I used to get mine from Malin Co. as well. But unless their policy has changed, I recall there was a minimum order so I would order with several others and get a cheap pound that way.

    #119347
    Charles McCracken
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    I just ordered, and received, 23 gauge Brass wire from Midwest Musical Imports.

    #119348
    srosensan
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    Thanks to everyone for your suggestions!

    #146981
    Steve Harriswangler
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    I know this is super old, but this could be useful to somebody. Sometimes annealed wire just isn’t soft enough. What i do is cut about 30 bits of wire for reeds and heat them until orange hot with a cooks torch, then dunk it in water. There will be some scaling, but it will be super soft (annealed).

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