New reed—is it a fail?

Just made a very nice reed. Cane looks and feels spectacular, the sound tapers beautifully, the tone is . . . dead!?! How can it feel so right, but sound so wrong? Then, I looked inside the tube. AHA!

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Those pesky stray fibers can ruin the sound of a reed. They are easy to fix, but unless you remember to look for them, they can make the reed act incredibly weird. And, it’s really awful if I forget to look and start in with my knife and file. 😦 So, this time a little work with my needle file, and voilà! Now the reed sounds as good as it looks!

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