Profile III Definitions
Blank thickness Thick
Width of blank Narrow
Vamp length Short
Tip thickness Varies
Curve shape Severe

Overview:

Profile III is designed around a thick but narrow blank. Also typically having a very short vamp, these reeds starkly differ from profile II. The combination of thick blank and short vamp creates a severely curved vamp from tip to shoulders. Tip thicknesses may vary from very thin (Gonzalez are about .003”) to extremely thick (Olivieri’s have an average tip thickness well over .0055”!) and is perhaps the main distinguishing factor between brands in this profile class. The general rule that thick blanks and soft cane go together holds true. These reeds tend to have a highly focused sound with much less flexibility than other profiles. The thick but narrow shoulders offer a compromise of overall mass in this area, creating a piercing low register and responsive upper registers. Be careful of chirping sounds caused by a reed too narrow for your mouthpiece!

Brands using profile III:

  • Rue Lepic 56
  • Olivieri
  • Gonzolez F.O.F.

Recommendations:

As with profile II reeds, these thick blanked reeds are more likely to warp in the breaking-in stage. Make sure to give extra time to this process, with regular but light sanding on the flat side of the reed. The short vamp, sometimes too short for standard sized mouthpieces, compresses scraping areas. Take care to make short and shallow scrapes, as long scrapes will unintentionally bleed into other areas of the vamp. In addition, the extremely narrow vamp gives little room for error between the rails and the spine, so highly precise tooling techniques are required! Thin tipped brands rely heavily on tip balance, while thicker tipped brands will need more attention up from the tip, near the heart when balancing. Again, make very small adjustments along the vamp.

 

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