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How do you make your own reeds for woodwind such as a saxophone? Answered

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ANDY!
ANDY!

11 years ago

Trust me, it is not a good idea. One, it cost time and tools. Two, they won't work very well unless you can keep the right thickness and three, it's impracticle. You can keep your reeds longer by keeping two and alternating them every time you play, use the reed guard, squeeze the spit out when your done. My reeds usually last for one or two months each.

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VivianA6
VivianA6

Reply 11 months ago

Thank you for your comments. I quite understand the
situation in the country of your residence. Over here where I live in a third
world country reeds are just not available or if and when they are they
cost a fortune which the ordinary
musician can ill afford. Your comments related to the unsatisfactory playing
quality does not appear to be valid. I know a player in the New York Philharmonic
who makes his own clarinet reed. He now plays with the Hong Kong Philharmonic
or Symphony and as yet makes his own
reeds. There are millions of clarinetists the world over who make –their own
reeds as do most oboe and bassoon players. Your comment was posted some ten
years ago, so perhaps an update might be in order now.Thank you anyway.

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ANDY!
ANDY!

11 years ago

Why would you want to do that?

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VivianA6
VivianA6

Reply 1 year ago

Saxophone reeds may be very easily made at home with ordinary tools.The main difficulty that deters most or all would be makers of reeds at home is the figuring out and shaping the vamp, However this difficulty , the only one in fact, may be totally overcome by adopting the American cut vamp. this does totally away with the very complex curve and has the vamp as a perfectly straight plane. The reed tip could be around 3 or 4 thousandths of an inch. There is a Chinese patent with illustrations of a die used to cast reeds of polycarbonate or fibreglass which requires the reed to be thicker at about 5 or 6 thousandths of an inch.. All the very best to you.

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musingmusician
musingmusician

Answer 11 years ago

try to save money and just to be able to do it and customize the reeds

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VivianA6
VivianA6

1 year ago

Many clarinetists make their own reeds and most double reed instrumentalists make their own. Making your own reeds puts you in control of just how the reed works out or how you want it to work out. The vast majority of saxophonists are amateurs with professionals just a relative hand full. and for these few purchasing reeds might or would be the ideal solution. In any case even the best purchased reeds require to be worked on. Cane is the traditional reed material , but there is no law against using easily available polycarbonate or fiberglass. I am very interested in making my own reeds, but there is not one single manual or set of instructions available any where to help out. There are quite a number of very practical ets of instructions for clarinet reed making but none exist for making saxophone reeds. why is this so i wonder Clarinetists are for the most part professionals who play in orchestras a nd they must have the est possible reeds and so most clarinetists do make their won reeds.
There is only one aspect of saxophone reed making that prevents diy and that is dimensions of the vamp curve or cut and thought manufacturers go on and on about the vamp curves on their reeds no one releases even typical cut details. In my attempts at reed making i have been able to determine just one important parameter and that is that the American lends itself best for diy as the curve is only in one direction , with the cross section of the vamp being more or less uniform in thickness across the vamp width. I would most sincerely apprediate any help with information related to making reeds at home. Thank you.

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seby98
seby98

8 years ago

Make a cane plantation, then buy about 1000$ worth the equipment.