Reed Adjustment Chart

Reed Adjustment Chart



Too softTipTrimmerClip small amount. Test after each clip.
Buzzy or edgyTipTrimmerSame as above.
Lack of resonance1 & 2Dutch rushBalance.
Dull sound when playing softly1 & 2Dutch rushBalance; take more off both sides if still too hard.
Blows hard2Dutch rushThin both sides and balance.
Lower register lacks resonance2Dutch rushBalance and thin if necessary.
Tip too thick after clippingUnder side of tipSandpaperLay sandpaper on glass and stroke lightly with grain on the flat table side of reed to about 3/8 of an inch back from tip.
Reed whistles2Dutch rushBalance.
High tones hard to attack softly2 & 1Dutch rushThin gradually with light stroke.
Thin high register3Dutch rushTest after each few strokes.
Lacks projection in upper register3Dutch rushMove three back from the tip.(This may shorten the life of the reed.)
Lack of resonance in middle register4Dutch rushLightly on 3 also.
Heavy low register6Scraping knifeFinish with Dutch rush.
General lack of resonance7 & 8Sandpaper on glassSand rails of reed if reed is too wide for mouthpiece.
After balancing, reed plays well but blows hard6 – 5 – 4 – 3ScraperThin evenly all indicated areas.
Table not flatTableRazor bladeStroke lightly towards tip.
Table not smoothTableSandpaper on glassRub lightly back and forth, always in the direction of the grain.

You can substitute 400 grit sandpaper for Dutch Rush. Dutch Rush is a tall plant found alongside rivers and streams. It has vertical ribbing that runs the length of the stalk. It can be purchased at some music stores and catalog stores.

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