Jeanne ReedGauge, standard dial (inches)
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The first step in getting reeds to perform consistently
is to make them consistently. Two of the most important
measurements in a successful reed are the side to side
symmetry, or balance, in the reed vamp, and the
relationship of the center dimension to that at the
sides. The Jeanne ReedGauge is an accurate, easy way to
check these crucial points. Whether you use commercial
or hand-made reeds, the balance in the reed vamp will
determine much of your tone color and response.
A movable table on the Jeanne ReedGauge, where the reed
is placed, is easily locked into place at any position
along the reed vamp. The reed can then be measured at
any point across the curve by simply sliding the reed
from one side to the other under the point of the
micrometer. Although no two reeds will - or should -
measure the exact same dimension due to differing cell
structures, measurements will fall into a "normal"
range. After a quick knife adjustment, the reed
measurement can be rechecked at precisely the same
The Jeanne ReedGauge is made with a heavy, solid
aluminum base for maximum stability, allowing you to
freely move the adjustable table or the reed. Mitutoyo
dial indicators, recognized for their high quality and
precision, are installed with the Jeanne ReedGauge.
Reed measurements can be made in .001" or .01mm
Interchangeable sliding plates that hold the reeds are
available for clarinet, alto saxophone/alto clarinet,
and tenor saxophone/bass clarinet.
Click here for free Clarinet Reed Adjustment Guide (Adobe Reader software or similar PDF viewer is needed.)