How to use the ReedGeek “Universal” reed tool:

Reed Geek Universal Instructions

2015 ReedGeek G4 Universal Instructions

Reed Geek supplemental instructions Oboe Double Reed –

 

 

Videos on how to use the ReedGeek “Universal” reed tool:

 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YjWf8HJwGg
 
Additional Tips:

 

… More On addressing the balance near or at the tip of a reed:

By flexing the reed with your fingertips and upon visual inspection, check to see if one rail is heavier (thicker) than the other. Use the ‘Geeks rail adjusters by holding the tool almost perpendicular and adjust the heavier rail. This is also very effective to adjust the tip-corners of the reed; also known as the “ears of the reed.” By very lightly bending the right and left ears of the reed with you forefingers you will be able to determine if one side is heavier than the other. Note: Think of each ear of the reed as an airplane wing. Each wing needs to be identical for consistent air-flow and lift. When the reed is in balance with itself and the mouthpiece tip, the sound starts resonating better and your playing becomes very natural.

 

Think of the scraper radius as a pencil eraser. Hold the tool with your thumb and forefinger as a kid would hold a pencil eraser. The radius is designed to make pinpoint adjustments to any denser parts of the reed. Hold the reed in front of a light source and very lightly “erase away” and shape any darker, denser parts of the reed. REMEMBER: Let the weight of the tool do the work! One very important spot, on the reed, to balance is right below the tip, 1/8” or so in from the left and right hand tip corners. Again, identify and remove the denser cane, so that the top of the heart displays a very concise, inverted “U” or “Christmas tree” shape.

 

 

4 Responses to Instructions

  1. Richard Hanney says:

    I’m learning how to use my new Reed Geek to flatten my reeds’ tables. It appears to work nicely. I’m wondering, though, if I can “take down” a Rico Jazz #4 tenor reed to the equivalent of a #2 or Rico Jazz Select 2M reed using the Geek? I imagine it might take an hour or maybe even more of constant “filing” with the Geek?

  2. JESS says:

    I BOUGHT RECENTLY THE REED GEEK AND I’M VERY HAPPY TO BE ABLE TO SAVE REEDS THAT I USED TO THROW IN THE GARBAGE.NOW MY REED CAN ‘SPEAK’. THIS IS GREAT TOOL!!! I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IF I SHOULD CLEAN THE TOOL IN A SPECIAL WAY IN ORDER TO KEEP IT SHARP. I’M ADVICING ALL MY SAXOPHONIST FRIENDS TO BUY IT. . JESS.

    • admin says:

      To keep the ‘Geek in top shape, use a microfiber cleaning cloth to clean and dry the tool after use. Also, keep the tool stored in its bag & case to avoid tarnish and to protect the edges.

      —Happy ‘Geekin’!

      RG

  3. I have just rescued several reeds after watching the flattening demos. First off, I am completely surprised at how warped my Vandoren V16’s and Java’s appear to be. Second, I am also surprised at what a difference working on the table of the reed actually makes. This alone can really make the reed “pop” and makes the reed much more efficient at turning the air into vibration.
    Thank you for this amazing invention!
    David Beecroft