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Introduction 2 years 2 months ago #4173

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Hello all,

This is a forum for double reed players to raise questions and share tips and experiences with others in the double reed community.

By way of introduction, I am an oboist and I retired last year from The U.S. Army Band, "Pershing's Own" after 33 years. Just last year I discovered Wicked Edge and after a lifetime to knife sharpening being the bane of my existence, I now enjoy razor sharp knives consistently. This system has made a huge difference in my reed making!

I studied with Earnie Harrison at LSU and then later with Don Hefner and Gene Montooth for graduate studies at The Catholic University in Washington, D.C. Since then I have studied with Cindy de Almeida and Jonathan Blumenfeld. More recently I have studied also with Shea Scruggs and Chris Philpotts.

For sharpening knives - I use 21 degrees on the left side and 23 degrees on the right side. I use the diamond stones 100-1000, ceramic stones (1200/1600 grit) and finish with the 5µ and 3.5µ strops. For touching up the knife I go back to the ceramic stones and then the strops. For creating an edge for scraping bark and starting a reed - I use an older knife and sharpen only to either 600 or 800 grit and the use the strops.

Please feel to introduce yourselves to our community and let us know what you have learned.
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Re: Introduction 2 years 2 months ago #4175

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Hallo Robert! Willkommen hier! It is good to have another reed player on our forum...as far as I know, you, Tom and I are the only ones. However you are the only double reed player since Tom and I play clarinet, he much better than I! ;)
I look forward to hearing more of your sharpening experiences as well as some of your oboe playing anecdotes. By the way, I guessed you spoke German. Was I right?

Mit freundlichen Grüßen/Best regards
Löwe/Leo
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Re: Introduction 2 years 2 months ago #4177

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Hallo Leo - was für eine Überraschung von Ihnen auf Deutsch zu hören! Sind Sie Deutscher - wohnen Sie in Deutschalnd? Benützen Sie Messers um Ihre Blätter zu schaffen wie Oboisten?

Es ist eine Freude von Ihnen zu horen!

Auch mit freundliche Grüßen,
Robert

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Hello Leo - what a surprise to hear from you in German! Are you German - do you live in Germany? Do you use knives to make your reeds?

It is a pleasure to hear from you!

With friendly greetings also,
Robert
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Nein, ich bin kein Deutscher, sondern ein kanadisches griechischer Abstammung. I would love to say that I speak and write German really well, but to be honest, I used Google translate. This way I learn a little bit more every time I translate some conversation in another language. I like to learn other languages besides English, Greek and French that I can use.
I don't make my own reeds but when I used to play a lot I would shave my reeds for better tone. I know oboe players are very particular about their reeds and oftem make their own. It is good that you picked the WEPS to sharpen you tools...it is an excellent sharpener. I collect knives and I bought a WEPS 2 years ago and have become a kind of spokesman for them where ever I go. I am sure it irritates people from time to time since I am a vocal fanboy! ;)
Once again my musical friend, welcome aboard our forum. Post whenever you have a question or some advice for other members here. Good talking to you!

Warm regards
Leo
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Re: Introduction 2 years 2 months ago #4187

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Hallo Robert,

Willkommen im Forum! Gut auch Menschen aus dem Reed-Community hier zu haben.

Ich glaube, dus hast zu den richtigen Platz gekommen. Wenn du Fragen hast, bitte zöger nicht zu fragen.

Und weil wir gerade beim Thema sind: werden wir, Deutschsprachige, das Forum übernehmen? :mrgreen:
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Re: Introduction 2 years 2 months ago #4192

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Nein, nein, Mark! Der Global Modertor ist griechisch, so sind wir in der Steuerung hier! Verstehen Sie!

Kommandant Leo ROTFLMAO! :silly:
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Jawohl, Herr Leo! :silly:
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Re: Introduction 2 years 2 months ago #4220

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Hey Robert! It's good to see you here - and it was a great surprise to see you in Ohio under the Wicked Edge banner!

It would be nice to get more double reeders interested in the WEPS, and sharpening in general. With you here, it certainly gives us some credibility!

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Re: Introduction 2 years 1 month ago #4278

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Hallo Mark,

Vielen Dank für Deine Gruß auf Deutsch! Leider ich glaube wir sind auf ein Englisches Forum. :)

Robert

(translation: many thanks for your greeting in German! Unfortunately, I think we are an English forum.)
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Re: Introduction 2 years 1 month ago #4279

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Tom - thanks for your kind words. I can't tell you how much I appreciate your help and support over the years, not to mention your great knives!

Oboists face so many obstacles and it absolutely wonderful to have people like you and Clay in our corner.

Just demonstrated Wicked Edge for a member of the Boston Symphony this morning. He was very impressed.
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