Step By Step Reed Making Introduction

This post will tell you where to look for the information that you need to know. Also provides a general step by step instruction for how to make reeds.

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List of Supplies

On this post you will see a running list of vendors who sell reed making equipment. You will also see pictures, descriptions, and some personal thoughts on what to buy.

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Cane Selection

This post has a few tips on buying cane and shares some thought on how to select cane. You will see supplementary pictures and a video.

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How To Prepare Cane to be Gouged

After you have selected your cane, you will need to prepare it for your gouging machine. This includes removing some excess cane and chopping it down to size.

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Shaping and Tying Reeds

Shaping and tying reeds is one of the most crucial steps. The shape of the cane and the resulting length at which you tie the reed can make a huge difference in response, flexibility, and intonation.

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Scraping Diagrams

Helpful diagrams to show you how and where to scrape your oboe reed! Use these as a reference to know where and how to scrape a reed.

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Scraping Techniques

Here are three different scraping techniques that will help you scrape your reeds more smoothly. This will help your reeds vibrate and respond more easily.

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Initial Scraping

By the end of this post, you will know how to take a blank and scrape it down to something that starts to play.

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How To Crow and Test a Reed

You will need several reliable tests to see how functional a reed is. This post will show you what you want to learn from playing on just the reed without the oboe.

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