Re: reducing the gap

Kenny wrote:
> do you push down on the reed with your thumb or 
> stroke it from the rivet down with a small tool?

I have a new technique: I introduce a slight arc in the reed by 
holding the tip up with a small tool while pushing down with a 
fingernail very close to the back of the slot (rivet end of the 
reed).  This pushes a lot of the reed down into the slot while 
keeping the tip up for proper gap.  

Prior to using this technique I would always close gaps by pushing 
down on the reed close to the rivet end, and open gaps by pushing up 
close to the tip.  It achieves a similar effect.  

- -tim

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