The spread of COVID-19 has brought conversations on health and hygiene to the forefront. For double reed players, this means reed sanitizing practices. Those who teach or otherwise share reeds regularly expose themselves and their students to potentially harmful pathogens. This post covers the effective and appropriate CDC approved methods for reed sanitizing.
Overall, I want to share my observations on cane hardness, ease of use, and effort it takes to reach a reed I like. We sell several different brands of cane, and at three different levels of processing. We offer GSP (as noted above, that’s gouged, shaped, and profiled) cane, so that you can make reeds just with hand tools. We also sell gouged cane, which has been split, pre-gouged, and gouged.
It is important to care for your ceramic stone properly to get the longest use out of it and for it to do the best job sharpening your knives. The following paragraphs come directly from the care and use instructions given with Shapton ceramic sharpening stones.
I’ve just tried the five different templates on the Reeds ‘n Stuff oboe reed profiling machine. First, a caveat. This is the first time I’ve tried a profiling machine. I found it very easy to use and to figure out. I’ll spend this blog going over the general features of this profiling machine. Then I’ll go into each template separately.
Wow! Everything I tried was simpler, smoother, quieter, and faster than my Rieger machines. This could be in part to my Rieger machine blades needing to be sharpened, and I may need to oil the mechanisms on some of my machines. Nothing was wrong with my personal machines, but each RnS machine was impressive! I found it to be in the details where the differences came to light. I’ll give a brief description of each of the Reeds ‘n Stuff machines.
What’s up with all the different ReedGeek tools? They all kind of look the same, and they all seem to do the same thing. So what gives? ReedGeek’s rise in popularity, and the reason for its design overall, was the fact that it could function like a reed knife, but lacked a dedicated “blade” which was banned from carry-on luggage during air travel.
This blog post is aimed at students who are fairly comfortable with the processes of adjusting your reeds (I started adjusting in my second year of playing, just for reference, and that was possibly early), their parents, and anyone else interested this. What this blog post is not is a tutorial on how exactly to use these tools.