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Old 08-14-2019, 01:29 PM   #1
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Default Adjusting strength on glass-fiber Rocket bass reed

I am fortunate to have two sets of Rocket reeds for my Robertson drones. While I donít care for the Rocket tenor reed sound, the bass sounds great.

Currently, I am using a carbon fiber Rocket bass. However, I also have the glass-fiber version which IMO has a better sound. The problem with the glass-fiber reed is that it was made for an easier setup than mine, so it constantly shuts down.

It seems that Mark Lee did not heat set the tongues. Was this the case for the glass-fiber tongues too? If I remove the tongue, there is a shallow ledge at on the tongue bed that corresponds to one of his bridle marks. Did Mark make this ledge deeper when making the reeds stronger?

In order to get the glass-fiber bass playable, I am willing to take a fine file and make the ledge deeper, if someone knows whether this makes the reed harder.

Any thoughts?

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Old 08-14-2019, 01:32 PM   #2
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Why not take apart some old practice chanter reeds and use the blades to shim the top of the ledge?
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Old 08-14-2019, 02:23 PM   #3
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Default Re: Adjusting strength on glass-fiber Rocket bass reed

Callum,

That is a great idea. Iíll report back on whether it works!

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Old 08-15-2019, 01:53 AM   #4
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Default Re: Adjusting strength on glass-fiber Rocket bass reed

I experienced a problem with my rockets, that they don't adjust for strength. Even when the bridle is moved as much as possible, they do not get stronger. Maybe a wee hair under the tongue would assist? I changed to Cannings and they are hassle free. Not sure why rockets have such a reputation as the holy grail of synth drone reeds, as there are many other reeds just as good and better (for one thing, reeds which can be adjusted for strength), and more easily available.
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Old 08-15-2019, 04:05 AM   #5
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I experienced a problem with my rockets, that they don't adjust for strength. Even when the bridle is moved as much as possible, they do not get stronger.

That's the way they are designed; the tongue is not supposed to be adjusted, and the pitch adjusted with the nosecone.
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Old 08-28-2019, 07:38 AM   #6
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That's the way they are designed; the tongue is not supposed to be adjusted, and the pitch adjusted with the nosecone.
so there is no way to adjust the strength of the reed?
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Old 08-28-2019, 06:00 PM   #7
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Default Re: Adjusting strength on glass-fiber Rocket bass reed

I tried putting a thin sliver of plastic under the tongue bed. Didnít work.
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Old 08-28-2019, 06:54 PM   #8
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tried putting a thin sliver of plastic under the tongue bed. Didnít work.

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A bb size ball of wax or blue-tac stuck to the tongue?
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Old 08-28-2019, 09:48 PM   #9
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A bb size ball of wax or blue-tac stuck to the tongue?

Would that strengthen it? Iíll give it a try tomorrow.

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Old 08-28-2019, 10:11 PM   #10
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A bb size ball of wax or blue-tac stuck to the tongue?
I thought that was just to lower the pitch?
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