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allansto

Senior Member
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478
Location
Frankston Victoria Australia
Hey guys (and ladies) I ve just bought myself a reed cutter ........from ....you guessed it..... PRC.
So obviously it didnt come with any instructions .........not that I`d probably trust them.

Now using the unit is very self explanitory.........actually easier than a pencil sharpener.

The question is...... how much should I cut off a reed each time to harden or reface the tip?
Is 1mm too much
Regards
Allansto.
 

Colin the Bear

Well-Known Member
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14,069
Location
Burnley bb9 9dn
0.01mm is possible with a Baritone or tenor reed. Cutting 1 mm off in one go is way too much. They don't trim well when very wet. Pay special attention to getting the reed positioned centrally. My Chinese ones are a little fiddly to use but do work well with patience and practice.

If you have some sucess with trimming then a more expensive model with a screw feed table gives the best results. I like a cordier cutter. I bought my first 2nd hand over 30 years ago and it's still going strong.

http://www.woodwindandbrass.co.uk/acatalog/saxophone_reed_cutters.html
 

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