The step before becoming a reed

Before vamping the reeds, we begin with something called “blank”, a type of uncharacterized reed. For saxophone, the blank is the same for each instrument. This means that, for example, for the Alto saxophone, all Classic, RC, Local 627 and Malbec models come from the same Blank. Only the machine by which each one will be processed changes, and therefore, the vamp.

However, for Clarinet, each model has a different Blank. While Classic has a wide and thin Blank; FOF has a narrower one, but of greater thickness; and GD has a thick one with a wide molding. The specific Blank, along with a different vamping, is what gives character to the sound of each model of Clarinet reeds.