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Reed Collapse


Sax-Mad fiend!
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The Malverns, Worcs
Following on from the discussion earlier about how do you know if your reed needs changing....

I was playing my Bari this afternoon, just a bit of practice ready for our busking session tomorrow, when I turned the page to play the next piece notes, just a horrible squeaking.

It happened so suddenly that I assumed I'd caught or knocked something and done some damage, maybe knocked off a spring, causing a leak. I had a good look round and couldn't see anything wrong, so I decided to try a different reed. Everything played fine with the new reed.

Now, I couldn't believe that a reed could just "collapse", so I swapped back to the older reed and...nothing... swapped to the newer reed, and everything is fine.

This is a first for me, usually I get the odd sqeak or a less rounded sound and swap the reed out, but on this occasion, I had no choice. I've never had a reed just give up before.

Two Voices

Senior Member
United Kingdom
A new phenomena in the dark arts of reeds >:) To be honest I've never played a reed long enough for that to happen.

BTW Good luck with your mammoth busk tomorrow (Hope the weathers nice).


ex Landrover Nut
Café Supporter
Just north of Munich
I've had it happen a couple of times. ONce I was at home and could change easily, second tim it was in a music lesson and I just had to loosen up and blow carefully. Otherwise I'd have wasted half the lesson cos I'd have got a ten minute discussion on reeds, after I'd put another one in.

Justin Chune

Well-Known Member
The Athens of The North
The same thing happened to me once when I was trying out my free sample Internet Reed. It was playing fine until I went off to answer the phone and when I returned the reed wouldn't sound at all. That was the one and only time anything like that happened to me.


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