30. March 2020 · 6 comments · Categories: Reeds

I hadn’t really worried much about sanitizing reeds: I don’t play my student’s reeds (I used to, but stopped doing so some years ago), and mine … well … they are mine! But these days I think maybe we are all thinking a bit more about this sort of thing.

This is the best video I’ve seen on the subject. Thanks, Jennet Ingle!


  1. I have been using Jennet’s process when I adjust a student’s reed: Isopropyl for a short time followed by a fresh water rinse before handing back to the student.

  2. Good practice, Dane!

    These days I have no reeds to handle. I think my students are realizing that learning to adjust reeds would be a smart thing to learn!

  3. Yes, that’s true these days…I have not given an in-person lesson since more than two weeks ago, but I started sanitizing when the virus started to be a thing. I do have a couple students who have been learning to make and adjust their own reeds, so they are doing better than others when it comes to having better playable reeds.

    I’m finding that one of the most difficult things for a student is learning how to properly sharpen a knife…which cascades into not being able to scrape cane effectively, which cascades into ruining reeds…

  4. Most of my students simply aren’t interested in learning reed making at ALL. I taught workshops several times. They still didn’t show an interest. I get it: it’s not fun and it’s awkward at first. But of course now they are learning why it would have been a good idea to keep plugging away at it!

    I do think maybe that new tool that I saw first at an IDRS convention some years back would be a good idea. Have you tried “ReedGeek”? I know some colleagues who like it.

  5. I have a Reed Geek Double Geek tool. It’s way better than a dull knife, but I don’t feel confident using it to make those final tip adjustments…it just doesn’t pull off cane like a well-sharpened reed knife.

  6. Thanks … good to know!