I'm currently using Guinness reeds in my tenor and baritone regs, and a cane reed
in the bass. They seem happy together thus far. I have not noticed any
appreciable change in pitch with temperature variation. However, if they were cold
enough to condense moisture, I'd bet there would be problems. Of course, the same
would be true of cane.
My only complaint is that my tenor blows hard and has a more metallic
sound--especially when letting up on the pressure. However, these two reeds are my
first and only attempts at metal reeds--I am sure my craft could be improved with
familiarity. Wally Charm suggested using bronze, which I hope to do in the near
urs boe wrote:
> it's always great to have a decent excuse to open a beer can....
> AFAIK metal reeds do depend on temperature inversely than cane reeds. So
> the tuning is bad after a short time when you mix up cane and metal
> reeds. Any expierence already?
> Anthony Shostak schrieb:
> > Hi, Tom.
> > I've not worked w/bronze, but recently made some baritone and tenor reg reeds
> > out of a Guinness can. They are very stable. Bombproof. They sound pretty
> > darn good--almost like cane, but take a little more air to blow--especially
> > the tenor. The tenor also tends to squeak with a very metallic sound if not
> > enough pressure is used.
> > I had to close both reeds down, using the plastic-coated foldover tie from
> > the top of a bag of coffee beans as a bridle. The tie is coated with a tacky
> > film, which stick it firmly to the reed and keeps it from being nudged out of
> > position when seating the regulator in the stock. The bridles sit just a
> > smidge higher than one would expect. Squeezing to close the reed must be
> > done carefully, as the metal distorts and winds up opening instead.
> > I plan on making some reeds from Foster's Lager can sometime soon, just to
> > see if the wider diameter can yields a better reed.
> > These reeds were my first attempt at metal reeds. They work far better than
> > I expected and took very little time to construct, using the cane reg reeds
> > as a template.
> > Best,
> > Anthony
> > Adele Binning & Tom Klein wrote:
> > > All,
> > >
> > > I have been making bronze reg reeds lately with fairly good results.
> > > However, they are a bit brazen and wonky, and a bit too variable in pitch
> > > for my complete satisfaction. Is there a way to adjust this type of reed?
> > >
> > > tk