The length of the vamp refers to the distance between the tip of the reed at the center, and the beginning of the cut of the vamp near the shoulders. Double-cut of “French-cut” reed were measured from the point of the cut into the cane, and not the scored bark area. See figure below:


Vamp Length Ranges
Overall range Min 1.208″ Max 1.390″
Short 1.208″ 1.25″
Average 1.26″ 1.33″
Long 1.34″ 1.39″

Averages for each brand based on entire box of reeds, in several strengths. Range of data based on the measuments of over 350 individual reeds.


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