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|C017: Clarinet and Saxophone Reed Adjustments
Platamone Jr. SS, 15 pages. The author studied with Robert Marcellus
Anthony Gigliotti and played in the West Point Band with Larry Combs in
the early 1960s. He was the Principal Clarinet of the New Orleans
and is now retired in Arizona. Don't let the slim size of this book
you. It is a straightforward, well illustrated guide to finding and
clarinet and saxophone reeds.
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|C066: Handbook for Making and Adjusting Single Reeds-Revised Edition by Kalmen Opperman, M. Baron Company, Inc., SS, 44 pages. This popular book is now back in print. It is intended for those who wish to make reeds or work on commercial reeds for all clarinets and saxophones. Subjects covered are the handmade reed, the commercial reed, cane, the model reed, tools, making the shaped blank from tube cane, cutting the vamp, finishing the reed, adjusting and retouching handmade or commercial reeds and the life of the reed. Appendices include reed scraping suggestions, suggested measurements, the German B-flat clarinet reed, and sources for cane and reed making equipment.|
|C2655: How to Work on
Clarinet Reeds by Michael Drapkin. Drapkin Music Publications,
2019, PB, 42
pages. The author details his step-by-step approach to creating the
perfect reeds for his clarinet. The conversational text is amplified by
photos that put you right in his workshop. All reed players should take
the time to learn how to craft their own reeds. “Most clarinet players
are slaves to whatever comes in the box, not realizing that just a few
minutes of touch ups can make all of the difference,” says Drapkin, as
he begins his process of creating the perfect reed. He discusses reed
knives, various sandpapers, and how to “finish” a reed. When all is
done, he even provides a troubleshooting guide for less-than-perfect
reeds. This handy tome will bring you a skill that will last a
|C413: Making and Adjusting Clarinet Reeds by
Glen H. Bowen.
2000, SS, 38 pages. Glenn H. Bowen is Professor Emeritus of Music at
the University of Wisconsin-Madison. This booklet is about making reeds
from blanks economically with a minimum of gadgetry. The chapters cover
equipment, reed making procedures, and adjustment. A short list of reed
making equipment suppliers is included. The author writes about this
book ". . . my procedure for making reeds is quite detailed. It
uses common tools in logical combinations which will produce reeds
easily. In the section of the book dealing with adjustments, there are
no mysteries, no double-talk, . . . Straightforward and factual."
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|C064: Making Clarinet Reeds by Hand by Walter Grabner. ClarinetXpress, 1999, SB, 28 pages. This book is a comprehensive guide to making reeds "from scratch." Subjects include: why learn to make clarinet reeds, reed cane, tube cane vs. blanks, blanks suitable for clarinet reed making, quality of the cane, tools required for reedmaking, response vs. resistance, curing your blanks, measuring the length of the vamp, scoring the blank, removing the bark , the cuts, a model reed, filing, sanding, clipping and adjusting. The book includes nine photos.|
|C038: Perfect A Reed . . . and Beyond by Ben Armato. Reed Wizard, SS, 43 pages. While the author has designed and sells several mechanical devices for measuring and working on reeds, this is a comprehensive book on reeds with only a brief mention of his products. A few of the many topics covered are: reed myths, arundo donax vicissitudes, reed adjustment, reed nomenclature, reed preparation, reed warpage, etc|
|S137: The Saxophone Reed, The
Advanced Art of Adjusting Single Reeds by
Ray Reed. Infinity Publishing, 2004, PB, 215 pages. Los Angeles based
saxophonists, Ray Reed, who started his career in the 1960s and has
played with everyone from Stan Kenton, to Supersax, to Frank Zappa has
written the longest and most detailed book on making and adjusting
reeds we have ever seen. It covers nearly every conceivable topic in
the single reed making universe. While this book is aimed at
saxophonists, and includes many appropriate measurements, clarinetists
will find much of value here as well.
|C041: Selection, Adjustment, and Care of Single Reeds by Larry Guy. Rico Editions by D'Addario, 2012 (third edition), SB, 64 pages. A practical and well illustrated guide to clarinet and saxophone reeds. This book presents detailed instructions for selecting, breaking in, and adjusting reeds in an easily understood manner. It also includes a guide to the selection, care and use of reed tools (knives, sharpening stones, sandpaper, files, etc.).|
|C373: The Single Reed
Adjustment Manual by Fred
Ormand. Amilcare Publications, 2000, SB, 84 pages. A comprehensive
guide to the adjustment of single reeds. Includes the subjects of reed
design, reed tools, care of the reed knife, selecting the reed,
preparing the reed, balancing the reed, working on spots, clipping,
breaking-in, using and storing reeds, reed analysis, equipment
(mouthpiece, ligature, and clarinet), location (altitude, humidity, and
temperature), and hints when "Nothing Else Works."
DVD009: Working the Single Reed by David Bourque. BCL Enterprises, 2005, DVD. This DVD by David Bourque, a member of the Toronto Symphony for more than 20 years, is a "how to" video for adjusting commercial reeds. It will help you: fix unresponsive reeds, make more reeds play well, learn how to scrape a reed, learn where to scrape a reed. have more reed stability, no more waterlogged reeds, and adjust the Légère reed.
|B028: Bassoon Reed Fixing
by William Spencer. Emerson
Edition, 1982, SS, 8 pages. This brief pamphlet by the author of the Art
of Bassoon Playing contains a
significant amount of information on
adjusting bassoon reeds. It includes guidance on testing the reed and
the wires and scrape.
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|B015: Bassoon Reed-making A
Weait. McGinnis & Marx, Third Edition, 2000, SS, 34 pages. An
book on the basic techniques of reed making featuring sharp photographs
and clear diagrams. Subjects covered include preparation, tools and
assembling the reed, finishing, tuning and adjustment techniques, and
reed problems. A Spanish
translation of this book is also
|B125: Bassoon Reed Making:
Weait. Weait Music, 2008, SS, 46 pages. This book describes and
illustrates a basic method of bassoon reed making that is ideal for
players who are just beginning to play or those who which to know more
about making, adjusting and finishing reeds. Lavishly illustrated with
over 150 photographs to demonstrate every step. A reed is made from
gouged, shaped and profiled (GSP) cane. No expensive tools or complex
machinery are required.
|B002: The Bassoon Reed Manual - Lou Skinner's Theories and Techniques by James R. McKay, Contributing Authors Russell Hinkle and William Woodward. Indiana University Press, Bloomington IN, 2000, PB, 116 pages. This is a very attractive book, well illustrated with photos (including color plates of reeds) and diagrams. Chapters include theoretical principles and concepts, essential tools for reed making, the straight taper reed, the tip taper reed, variation to the tube, variations to the gouge and the inside of the blades and tubes, variations to the outside of the blades, special reeds and processes, a comparison of Mechler and Knochenhauer reeds, and the contrabassoon reed. We no longer carry this Book. You can order it here from Amazon.||
|B046: Construcción de Cañas de Fagot: Técnica Básica by Christopher Weait translation by Eduardo Adrián Rodriguez and Fernando Traba. Christopher Weait, 2004, SS, 47 pages. Spanish translation of Bassoon Reed-making A Basic Technique.|
|B012: The Illustrated Bassoon Reed Handbook by Laine Bryce. Laine Bryce School of Music, SS, 12 pages. This book is a brief but well illustrated introduction to the fundamentals of reed making technique. This book is intended as a guide to accompany reed making lessons and is not intended to replace the teacher. It servers as a reference to the steps required for a student to make reeds independently. A page on reed adjustments is also included.|
DVD014: Improve Your Bassoon Reed by Christopher Weait. Christopher Weait, DVD, 16 minutes. For new bassoonists, music teachers and bassoon parents! Christopher Weait shows you how to make your store-bought reed play better with simple tools and techniques.
|Ob009: The Oboe Reed Book by Jay Light. Des Moines, IA, 1983, SB, 117 pages. Detailed and well illustrated instructions in the reed making art. The chapters are Some Philosophy, A Whole Lot of Useful Information About Tools, Cane and Other Supplies, Knife Sharpening, Tying the Blank, Knife Technique, the Scrape, Shaping Your Own Cane When and How, Some Thoughts About English Horn Reeds, Trouble-Shooting Chart, and List of Dealers and Supplies.|
Bindings: HB: Hard Bound, PB: Perfect Bound (paperback with square spine), SS: Saddle Stitch (paper, folded and stapled), SB: Spiral Bound (plastic or metal)