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Reed Tip of the Day

I have been using Chiarugi adjustable staples for a couple of months now and I love them!  They come with 4 "screw" -on metal corks in 45mm, 46mm, 47mm and 48mm and 5 uppers (top of staple where the reed is tied onto).  My oboe plays ever so slightly flat so these are a huge help.  I tried only using 46mm staples for awhile but I didn't like the way my reeds sounded so now, instead of shortening my reed by scraping and chopping, I simply change the "cork" size.

Reed Tip of the Day

If you have a profiler, ensure that you keep the blade sharpened. It will make the scraping much easier.  I sharpen the blade myself using a carborundum stone, about 30 strokes against the beveled edge of the blade, direction is edge forward, finishing with one stroke on the opposite side and the opposite direction.  Don't overdo the sharpening or you will wreck your blanks.  You can test the sharpness of the blade by running it gently across your fingernail - it should stop against the nail - all the way along the edge of the blade.

Reed Tip of the Day

Don't worry so much about the staples - the detail is in the cane - how well it has been prepared (gouged and shaped) and how well you scrape it.

Reed Tip of the Day

Soak your reed including staple in a sterilising solution to disinfect it.  Hydrogen peroxide also works well but only put the cane end of the reed into this.  Soak for about 5 minutes and rinse thoroughly afterwards.  I find cleaning  can revive an old reed for another day or so and sometimes longer.

Oboe Reed Tip of the Day

In between gouging, shaping, tying, profiling and finishing do let the cane dry out and rest.  In my experience, it makes for a more stable reed and one that is not too open.

English Horn (Cor Anglais) Reeds

I've been making a lot of english horn reeds lately.  I have used the beautiful Chinese reeds for many concerts in the past few years because I've been trying to perfect my own reed style.  

I'm now making a much longer reed from tip to end of staple.  I tie the blank on the staple as high as it will go without having a gap in the sides (although this gap can be covered with PTFE tape or cling film).  

I highly recommend making a fairly hard reed but it must be balanced so that the tip is thin enough.

Oboe and Cor Anglais (English Horn) For Sale

I have a Howarth S5 oboe for sale - it has fully automatic octaves and has a thumbplate that can be taken off - the fingering system is dual, Gillet and Thumbplate so the oboe plays beautifully even without the thumb plate.  £2,000 or near offer.

I also have a Gordet cor anglais for sale - it was (we believe) in the 1950's.  It has a big, dark sound.  I bought it from Howarth in London about 8 years ago.  I've removed the thumbplate because I prefer to play it without.
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