[Harp-L] Another reason why polishing reed bases might increase their life

David Pearce harpdog123@xxxxx
Sat Aug 5 14:16:17 EDT 2017

I was wondering if there might be another reason why reeds whose bases have been polished down 2 semitones or more might last longer.  (Until I see a controlled study I'm skeptical.)  Might it be that the base of the reed is thinner, rather than smoother?  I would think that a reed with a thinner base would be less likely to break when the reed vibrates because the base is more flexible.

David Pearce

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