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Basic Measurements of my English Horn reeds

Sun, Sep 8th, 2019 12:00:00 am

In response to numerous requests, I have listed below several basic measurements of my English Horn reeds. Of course, each piece of cane is different, so measurements my vary slightly from reed to reed. I have never used wires to control the openings because I believe that a good gouge, mindful scraping and side rails will control the opening and allow the reed to vibrate properly.

English Horn reed measurements

Shape                         RDG #1

Tied length                  61 mm.

Finished length           56 – 57mm.

Top of heart/blend      53 - 54 mm.

Length of heart           9 - 10 mm.

Length of center of tip  3 mm.

Length of tip at sides   4 – 5 mm.

Length of back            12 – 13 mm.

Length of Bark from string    4 – 5 mm.

Thickness of heart - measured halfway between top of heart/blend and back of heart and halfway between spine and side rails      52 – 53 mm.

Thickness of Blend between heart and tip        50 mm.

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