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Author Topic: Reed tension  (Read 199 times)

Offline BobbyD835

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Reed tension
« on: March 01, 2020, 12:00:36 AM »
Does anyone stretch there reeds with scotch tape and 1/8" graph paper? Im a newbie to call making.

Offline GobbleNut

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Re: Reed tension
« Reply #1 on: March 01, 2020, 10:43:07 AM »
Yes, I use the tape method,...but no graph paper, although that is a great idea in terms of getting the reed stretch as close as you can to the same every time.  I also tape each reed separately so I can vary the tension to see how that impacts sound.  Obviously, that adds another factor into the call-making process that complicates matters a tad. 

Because of all the variables in call construction, my methodology focuses more on adjusting the sound of each call with the reed cutting process.  I have found there are lots of little things in doing that the impact the sound of every call.  Pretty much every call has a turkey in there somewhere.  It's just a matter of finding it.