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Clarinettist's Reed Doctor

Clarinet Reed Doctor - give your clarinet reeds a new life

Cane being a natural substance will vary, but the reed-making machine's cut will not. 

In any box of ten clarinet reeds only one or two will play with little trouble. 

BUT - If you know what to do, you can make ALL your clarinet reeds work just as well.

Don't throw your clarinet reed away too soon.  With a little "carpentry" you can give your reed a new lease of life. After all, if you look after the pennies......?


When a reed plays up in rehearsal or concert, your Clarinet Reed Doctor could get you out of trouble.

Clarinet Reed Doctor sample problem page(Click on image for larger view)

Are your clarinet reed problems like these?

Problems covered are:

1. The tone is stuffy or unclear throughout all registers. (See the sample page.)

2. I can't get a clear tone - the reed seems to hiss throughout the range and I have difficulty getting the notes above high C.

3. The reed is far too hard and it is extremely difficult to produce any sound at all.

4. The bottom notes are unresponsive and difficult to play quietly.

5. Notes around clarion E are hard to produce, unclear and feel generally stuffy.

6. Tonguing and staccato are poor or difficult. The tone in the clarion register is generally a little fuzzy.

7. Notes in the top octave are fuzzy or unresponsive.

8. The reed squeaks without warning.

9. The reed was fine but is now too soft with the tip extremely thin or damaged.

10. The tone is raspy and lacks richness.

11. The clarinet sounds flat on all notes, despite tuning adjustments.

All these points are covered in detail in your Reed Doctor.

Clarinet Reed Doctor - how to make your clarinet reeds better.

Why bother?

Because you want to get the best from your clarinet?

Just click on the book to buy it.


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