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Scraping

Wrapping a reed consists of taking your gouged and shaped cane and binding it to a staple by wrapping it with either nylon or silk thread, creating a blank. You then cut the tip open, creating two perfectly aligned reeds. It takes some time to be able to wrap a reed so that it doesn't leak at the sides. Thread comes in a wide variety of colors and consistencies. Silk thread may sound nicer, but it is more prone to breaking and doesn't seal well, so is therefore not reccomended to beginners. Most of the time, a spool of thread will not cost you more than $8.

To view a large selection of thread colors, go to midwest musical imports


Last updated: May 16, 2006
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