JimLucas Posted April 10, 2005 Share Posted April 10, 2005 I've run across a number of references to "long scale" reeds, as opposed to standard reeds. In fact, on the Wheatstone web site, Steve Dickinson lists "long scale reeds" as one of the features of his higher-range instruments. But in a vintage instrument, how do I know whether the reeds are ordinary or long-scale? Now that I'm trying to sell a few instruments, I find the question is more than just academic. One of the two brass-reed Englishes was clearly built to a higher standard (and at a later date), and one of the differences is that it has noticeably longer reeds than the other. Are these "long scale", or did the standard lengths of reeds simply vary from period to period? (Both could be true, I suppose.) In fact, were there only two length standards for a given range -- standard and "long", -- or were there several different standards? (I except individual custom instruments like the one Chris Algar is currently selling, which has reeds in baritone frames tuned to tenor-treble pitches.) Separately, the Ab/Eb anglo I'm selling has longer reeds than my Jeffries G/D. Was this a general difference between the two makers, or are they "long scale" compared to other Lachenal Ab/Eb anglos? As these two I mention are the only lower-pitched anglos I've examined internally, I don't have enough experience to know. Of course, it's not possible to answer the question about specific instruments without seeing them. But I've created web pages for each instrument with lots of photos, including the reed pans, which I hope will be enough for those with experience. Those pages can all be accessed through this page. Each of the instruments I'm referring to is the standard size, 6-1/4" across the flats. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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