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Tips for Reed Making

       My recommendations for the best reed making equipment


       How I choose, process and form cane into blanks


       How I finish a new reed


       Images which should help others understand my reed scrape


       A description of six systems for reed adjustment and how they work


       Steps for quickly identifying the most promising reeds, thereby saving time and guesswork


       A diagram showing my reed dimensions and wire placements


       Detailed measurements of 2 reeds


       Reed crow frequency map


       If you use commercial reeds, this may help you choose the best ones


       A concise trouble-shooting guide for adjusting reeds


       Recommendations on prolonging the life of your reeds


       Questions and answers regarding my reed making techniques


       An interview of my reedmaking method by bassoonist Billy Hestand

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