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Reed too stiff, too much pressure needed to play

Posted: Tue Jan 18, 2011 10:40 pm
by CBPiper
Hi,

I have a reed maybe 8 years old, plays well in tune and in a range of weather conditions. In the last year, it takes an increasing amount of pressure to play. There is no room to play with the bridle, seems like a little scraping is required, but I'm reluctant to alter this long term performer in any permanent way.

Suggestions?

Mike

Re: Reed too stiff, too much pressure needed to play

Posted: Wed Jan 19, 2011 5:42 am
by outofthebox
One thing I found helpful was to take a reed that was too stiff into the steamy atmosphere of the bathroom when taking my morning shower - once should be enough. I put it on top of the the bathroom cabinet on the opposite wall, not too close to the shower. Then when the reed dried out I found it had a bit more give in the fibres.

Re: Reed too stiff, too much pressure needed to play

Posted: Wed Jan 19, 2011 10:04 am
by awilde569
If your left with no other alternatives using some 220, 320, or 400 grit sandpaper to lightly sand the top 5 millimeters of the lips will make the reed easier to play as well. Just be careful when doing it so you don't wind up with uneven lips or edges.

Re: Reed too stiff, too much pressure needed to play

Posted: Wed Jan 19, 2011 11:03 am
by learnthegrip
It might just need cleaning. Ted gives some instructions in this thread:

viewtopic.php?f=4&t=1581&start=0&hilit=cleaning+reed

I'd try that before attempting anything permanent.

Re: Reed too stiff, too much pressure needed to play

Posted: Thu Jan 20, 2011 8:53 pm
by Torrin RiƔin
I may be way off the mark here, but I've been in the same situation, and it turned out my bag was leaking like a sieve and I'd simply 'gotten used' to the added airflow until it was too much.