Making overscraped reeds harder again?

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Hans- Joerg
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Making overscraped reeds harder again?

Post by Hans- Joerg » Fri Mar 09, 2012 1:39 am

Is there a feasable way to make reeds harder again - apart from opening the bridle or the spider-leg-job, but putting glue or chemicals on the "blades-heart"?

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Re: Making overscraped reeds harder again?

Post by MichaelLoos » Fri Mar 09, 2012 2:35 am

Tried it myself with different types of glue and fluid plastic, with no luck.
I am quite sure, however, that it can be done, provided you find the right stuff for the job, something that penetrates the cane surface (in terms of micrometers), bonds well and shows similar properties in vibration.
Let me know if you find it...
For making single reed tongues slightly harder (and also more resistant to moisture), I found shellac quite suitable.

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Re: Making overscraped reeds harder again?

Post by outofthebox » Fri Mar 09, 2012 5:45 am

I remember reading that someone had used a product called Thompson's Waterseal to successfully coat a reed. I think it was a humidity fix, but obviously it didn't harm the reeds playability. I'd imagine the thinnest coat possible.

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