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Old 08-29-2019, 06:28 AM   #11
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Default Re: Adjusting strength on glass-fiber Rocket bass reed

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I thought that was just to lower the pitch?

It does lower the pitch, but in my experience it usually makes the reed more resistant to stopping.
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Old 08-29-2019, 08:20 AM   #12
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Default Re: Adjusting strength on glass-fiber Rocket bass reed

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

Charlie
It would add mass to the tongue ...requiring more pressure for it to vibrate. It will flatten the sound...outside the bench design spec....which may or may not be right for the pipe.
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Old 09-10-2019, 10:02 PM   #13
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Default Re: Adjusting strength on glass-fiber Rocket bass reed

I alway had good results when out of adjustments to add a thin piece of thick tape (gaffers, etc..) to the tongues in need of strengthening. other things need to be adjusted as a result of course (lowers pitch) but it made the reed harder to play and would not shut down as easily.
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Old 09-16-2019, 01:57 PM   #14
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Default Re: Adjusting strength on glass-fiber Rocket bass reed

I'm friends with Mark Lee and he told me that his reeds could be sprung to give them added lift ie. make them stronger. I would carefully try that, spring the tongue up away from the body while holding down the bridle with my finger. Go slow and easy and check your results often until you get where you need to be.
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Old 09-17-2019, 06:29 AM   #15
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Default Re: Adjusting strength on glass-fiber Rocket bass reed

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I'm friends with Mark Lee and he told me that his reeds could be sprung to give them added lift ie. make them stronger. I would carefully try that, spring the tongue up away from the body while holding down the bridle with my finger. Go slow and easy and check your results often until you get where you need to be.


Shawn, would that apply to the glass fiber tongues?

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Old 09-26-2019, 04:12 PM   #16
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Default Re: Adjusting strength on glass-fiber Rocket bass reed

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I'm friends with Mark Lee and he told me that his reeds could be sprung to give them added lift ie. make them stronger. I would carefully try that, spring the tongue up away from the body while holding down the bridle with my finger. Go slow and easy and check your results often until you get where you need to be.
I've tried springing the tongue of the bass drone reed from one of my sets and that worked well for a while but wasn't permanent. However, a hair under the tongue works just great. Sometimes the old remedies are still the best.
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