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kevgermany

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I just bought a super cheap reed trimmer from Ebay. Came in from Hong Kong. Turned out to be Flying Goose Brand. :w00t:

Was so badly made it doesn't work, I'm going to have to grind the cutter and even then it probably won't work too well. :)))

Was so cheap, it's not worth sending it back.

I got what I paid for.... ;}

ymmv, could just be a manufacturing defect on that one.
 

jonf

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My old clarinet teacher had a technique for 'trimming' reeds. He used to sandwich the reed between a couple of two shilling coins with just a sliver sticking out. Then, with fag hanging out of the corner of his mouth, he'd burn the tip of the red away. It was one of the few times he put his glass of scotch down. I tried it. Once. I discovered that coins conduct the heat from a Zippo remarkably quickly.
 

Nick Wyver

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Gosh. Reed trimmers. I'd forgotten about those. I've got a clarinet one somewhere. Don't recall ever using it.

So, when and why would anyone use one?
 

johnboy

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Gosh. Reed trimmers. I'd forgotten about those. I've got a clarinet one somewhere. Don't recall ever using it.

So, when and why would anyone use one?
Ref. Wet Reeds thread, post #16. (someone with nothing better to do than mess about with bits of cane), and sit watching the computer :mrcool
 

old git

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Why the humour?

Don't you realise that for a reed cutter to be of any use, it must have received cryogenic treatment.

Bah! Amateurs! Sick of them.
 

tommy

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You will find if you email them tell them whats happen and if they don't sort it out you will leave them bad feedback they will sent you a new one
 

johnboy

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Why the humour?

Don't you realise that for a reed cutter to be of any use, it must have received cryogenic treatment.

Bah! Amateurs! Sick of them.
Oh I am sorry to have caused you so much pain oh great one.
What must my penance be, that I may be entrusted to lick your boots and bow to thy exalted majesty :ashamed:ashamed:ashamed:ashamed:ashamed:ashamed

John :):):):):):) (I know how to creep and also get the smilies in to keep Tom happy!)
 
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Morgan Fry

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My old clarinet teacher had a technique for 'trimming' reeds. He used to sandwich the reed between a couple of two shilling coins with just a sliver sticking out. Then, with fag hanging out of the corner of his mouth, he'd burn the tip of the red away. It was one of the few times he put his glass of scotch down. I tried it. Once. I discovered that coins conduct the heat from a Zippo remarkably quickly.
Yeah, that's an old trick, might work better than a dull trimmer, which will tend to bend the reed fibers at the tip which is bad. But yeah, the heat. Too curved for larger instruments, too.

Old anecdote (possibly apocryphal):

Clarinet player: Have you got 10p so I can burn a reed?
Piano player: Here's a pound, you can burn the whole f***ing clarinet.
 
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