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Throat Mandrel

Tool to size and adjust the internal dimensions of the reed throat between the first and second wire. This tool can also be used to stretch and “open up” throat dimensions.

This tool is used to achieve consistent throat size from reed to reed. Some reed shapes require smaller or larger internal dimensions. The mandrel also helps with adjusting symmetry and roundness of the tube in forming a reed.

An instruction sheet is included.

Throat Reamer

A tapered reamer tool used to expand the internal dimensions at the narrowest point of the reed throat. This point, which is often called the waist of the reed shape, can be anywhere from the first wire to the second wire, typically. However, the Bernard Garfield reed shape places the waist in front of the first wire into the blade section of the reed. It is also possible that the narrowest point could be beyond the second wire into the chamber area of the reed tube.

This tool frees up vibrations of reeds that have become sluggish in the low register due to undersized throats. It helps the reed maker to maintain the internal geometry of the reed. Instruction sheet included.

Chamber Reamer

A chamber reamer can be used to enlarge or maintain the area between the tip of the bocal to the second wire. A more open chamber has the effect of a more “spacious” middle register and greater flexibility. Most reeds shrink over time in this area or the end of the bocal frays the chamber from insertion. The standard reamer for the bocal penetration does not touch this area without also increasing the depth of the bocal penetration. A chamber reamer does not effect bocal penetration, but simply enlarges the area beyond the bocal tip.

Ergonomic Holding Mandrel

This is a ball-shaped handle with stubby mandrel that fits in the palm of your hand and allows the fingers to support the blade of the reed when scraping the tip.

Beveling Block Tool

No more free-hand beveling!

This tool is designed to cut a precise bevel into the edge of the cane at the butt to ensure a proper seal on the bocal. The bevel can be of any length. Beveling also helps round the reed tube in forming, helping to control slipped blades. Longer bevels will give the reed blade a stronger arch which supports the upper register comfort. Instructions included.

Forming Tip

Scoring Tool

Reed Vent Tool (for High Notes)

See Quick Guide to Bassoon Reed Tuning, Test 19.

Bassoon Bocals, Accessories, Reed Making and Adjustment Tools

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