Saturday, January 20, 2007

And the winner is...

Variegated blue!

This is what one of my blanks looks like. I like to thin the will-be tip a bit and trim off the ears. The rest I leave until the next day. This particular reed: K.Ge cane, .60mm, Joshua shape, Chudnow-E staple. I started experimenting with these staples a couple years ago. I really like the "E", but the "S" hasn't really worked for me. If you understood any of that, you might be an oboist.

Here is the famous spool:

We had a busy day today, so I only started at about 9:30pm (including soaking and shaping). I only tied one on tonight. I still need to start a few others from the other day.

So congratulations, variegated blue! And thanks to those of you who voted!

3 comments:

Pattyoboe said...

Hmmm ... "I only tied one on" ... if some non-oboe sort read that they wouldn't interpret like I interpret! ;-)

Lovely reed. Do you need my address now, or shall I wait until you finish it? (Just kidding, of course! I would never take a reed from a fellow oboist ... I know the work involved!)

My reeds are getting me through Dvorak ... woo hoo! I use one for movements 1, 3 and 4, and a special, slightly more resistant one, for the 2nd. It's actually working. I'm sort of stunned.

Next week will be MY reed tying week, I believe. I have no variegated thread. Ah well. I'll be boring old me. As always.

Jillian said...

I also believe you said you'd get it if periwinkle won... ;)

After typing "tied one on", I briefly thought about backspacing. Ah well.

Pattyoboe said...

Well, you're right; I said I'd get one if you chose periwinkle. But I was thinking maybe a consolation prize was in order. ;-)

(I'm such an expert at finding a way to be "owed" a reed, and yet no one ever buys into it. Go figure!)

Hope you tie a few more on today. ;-)