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#1 hammer action

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Posted 31 January 2019 - 21:57

Is there any way to soften a plastic reed?  I recently bought a box of strength 3 Bravo clarinet reeds after seeing some positive reviews online.  When I tried one however, I couldn't blow it as it was so hard.  I'm now stuck with a (£27) box of reeds I can't use, unless there's a way to thin them out a bit?  I've used Fibracell 3s before and they've been fine.   sad.png


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Posted 13 February 2019 - 19:47

Anyone?  sad.png   I tried filing one down a bit with some glass paper as an experiment and needless to say, that didn't work.  


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Posted 15 February 2019 - 12:50

Sorry, I cant help, I don't use plastic reeds (mostly because I don't want my teacher to have a heart attack). I just felt someone ought to reply.smile.png


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#4 Rosemary7391

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Posted 19 February 2019 - 11:37

I can't think of a way to soften them out either :(

 

Trying new reeds can be really expensive!


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#5 jim palmer

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Posted 19 February 2019 - 18:14

I would take them back to the shop and explain that they're too stiff, perhaps they will give you some good customer service, at least change your unused reedsrolleyes.gif


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Posted 20 February 2019 - 13:30

Anyone? sad.png I tried filing one down a bit with some glass paper as an experiment and needless to say, that didn't work.

I’m sorry :(
I barely visit the forum these days so have only just seen this.
As far as I am aware there is no effective way of softening a plastic reed so jim palmer ‘s advice is probably the best on offer here.
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Posted 24 February 2019 - 12:12

I’ve just bought a Légère synthetic reed for oboe and had the same problem. A YouTube search turned up a suggestion to dip the reed (it was a saxophone reed) in boiling water one second at a time. I tried it with 2 lots of 2 second dips and it seems to have worked. I’ve no idea if it will revert overnight but might be worth a try. It might also have been psychological or I’m getting used to the reed of course . The notes in all registers were easier to sound. It’s also helped me appreciate my cane oboe reeds more too! The experiment continues......
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