Style I Italian Style Reed
The new Style I (Italian) reed has a longer blade than my other reed styles. The length of the is about 30 mm but varies slightly as I cut as little off the tip of this reed as possible. The shape is Rieger 1a but the tip is wider than my other styles because the tip is at the widest part of the shape. There is little to no collar on this reed. The blades are also thicker than my other profiles. Because of the length of the blade the second wire is placed close (5mm) to the first wire as is the practice of some Italian makers. However, I wrap my reed all the way to the second wire for stability of the tube.