Punchin a reed (double)

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Punchin a reed (double)

Postby Wobbling Wings Waterfowling » Fri Sep 27, 2013 4:36 pm

Do I need to have a special tool to make a dent in for the top reed that overlaps the bottom reed on a double? I want to replace the reeds in my double and have 2 sets of spares but neither have punches in them... jw if I can do this myself or do I have to send it back to the shop to get it done. My reeds are shot.
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Re: Punchin a reed (double)

Postby Wobbling Wings Waterfowling » Fri Sep 27, 2013 9:03 pm

.... ? am I lost .. someone please help me. wanan change my reeds!!!
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Re: Punchin a reed (double)

Postby jtwodrff » Fri Sep 27, 2013 10:18 pm

You can use anything with a point. Just be careful that the point is not too sharp and apply only enough force to make a dimple. You can use a ball point pen, dull nail, etc.
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Re: Punchin a reed (double)

Postby Rick Hall » Sat Sep 28, 2013 3:27 am

I used to just hit a nail's point a few licks with a file to dull it and use that with the reed laying on a surface with some give, like wood.
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Re: Punchin a reed (double)

Postby ARduckcwby » Sat Sep 28, 2013 7:20 am

I watch a tuning video on YouTube, and the guy used a ballpoint pen. Its been a long time since I seen it, but do a search on YouTube.
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Re: Punchin a reed (double)

Postby Wobbling Wings Waterfowling » Sat Sep 28, 2013 8:14 am

Thanks guys really appreciate it... The hobo icu2 needs a tunin !!!c
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Re: Punchin a reed (double)

Postby awingert » Sat Sep 28, 2013 11:15 pm

A really big point ballpoint pen works, just don't punch it hard enough to tear the mylar. Doesn't take much pressure. Do it over a soft wood surface, like a 2x4.

Just like the other guys suggested, I use a finishing nail that I ground the point completely off of. It is a rounded smooth tip and works better than a pen since it is a little larger diameter. Less torn reed dimples.
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Re: Punchin a reed (double)

Postby clampdaddy » Sat Sep 28, 2013 11:37 pm

I use the firing pin from one of my bolt action rifles. Makes nice round dimples.
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