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el_mero_cantu

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Can anyone explain the best way to adjust the action of a reed?  By "action" I mean the response of the reed when pressing the button, and not getting an airy sound first followed by a note, but a good strong note right off the bat and even when not pulling very hard on the bellows.

I know the reed should ideally be somewhere right about the plate, as flat as possible, and I also know that etching/scratching reeds while tuning them can change the way the action is.  I just need some direction as to what exactly I should be doing to get good, crisp, quick and loud sound from all my reeds.  

Are there cheaper reeds that just don't react well or is there a way to make every reed have good action?

Any help would be great.  Gracias compadres.
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Sometimes it could be your not getting the responsiveness from the reed because the reed tongue might be jammed in the plate. Sometimes a simple flick of the reed will help, just be very VERY carefull. Especially if they are old reeds, I can't tell you how many reeds i've broken with too much force. Then again, i'm not a profesionnal tuner (yet).

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Yeah, I've seen when  reeds get stuck  or jammed in the plate, and I've fixed that too. I'm talking more about when the reed is free to vibrate but it takes a lot of air to get it going. 
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Oh ok. My bad. That's always confused me a bit too.
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I think you can change the valves. I think there are different stiffness or something. I'm not sure what all those parts are called but I think those plastic strips/valves control the sensitivity of the reed to the changes of the air moved by the bellows.
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I hate to keep on being difficult, but the problem I'm having is on reeds without valves, the higher notes and smaller reeds.  

Maybe its a problem with just having cheap reeds and they dont vibrate as good.  Also, maybe it has something to do with them being dry tuned?  I know you dont get as much raw volume when theyre dry tuned, but I'm still getting a "small" sound and a lot of airy notes on a few upper reeds.
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Sometimes there is not enough air exchange for the reed.  I've noticed some accordion makers drill a tiny hole on top of the reed block right above the reed.
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