tangosvu asked: I have been using Rigotti GSP but I'm having a very hard time with playing sharp throughout my registers. A change in bocals has not affected much. I do not have a private teacher anymore and cannot find information clarifying the difference between the different shapes (Fox 1, Reiger 1a, Herzberg, etc) and am unsure which shape would help me lower the pitch. I'm on a Renard 220 with *CVX* bocals. Thank you in advanced!
I’m not a big bocal changer, personally. Same goes for my reeds. I like to stick to 1 bocal & make my reeds work for all registers of the horn. I don’t make a “high-register reed,” etc.
Check this out for specifics on shape:
I love the Fox 2 & Reiger 1A shapes best. Reason why: They’re wider at the tip & they don’t have a particularly big flare as you go down the tube. Make sense? If you’re playing sharp, try a wider/longer reed. When clipping the tip, consider cutting it a little long. Saggy E? Clip it a little shorter. I find my sweet spot of blade length is between 26.5mm & 27mm.
Hope this helps!