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Scraping in the Bassoon Reed: An Approach for (almost) any Reed Style

Scraping in the Bassoon Reed: An Approach for (almost) any Reed Style

Even though I’ve been using a tip profiler for years—first a Rieger, now the Andante e Rondo—I still like to scrape a tip in by hand every now and then. It keeps me in touch with the core scraping skills and allows me evaluate the cane in a way that’s not possible when machines do 90% of the finishing in one step.

The method below is the one I teach my students when they learn to finish reeds. It is a process-oriented approach, rather than one that is tied to specific measurements on a dial indicator. This makes it exceptionally flexible. I first learned many elements of this method when I was studying with Frank Morelli, and I have also used it to scrape in Van Hoesen reeds, Herzberg reeds, as well as my current Italian-style reeds. It is the quickest and most consistent way I have found to get a blank into a playing state.