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Mitch GraingerMitch Grainger
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Hi Patrick,

It’s possible that the reed has gone flat. It would be unusual to go flat so quick, but it is definitely possible. The two draw is also the easiest reed to accidentally bend, producing an off note. So from here it is really hard to say if it is out of tune, or broken.

As for a reed snapping off completely, I have never seen one do this on it’s own. They can get fractured from extremely harsh playing, but even still it would take a huge amount of pressure to snap one off, with breath alone. If you are doing your own repairs and are not so experienced, then I can’t vouch for that not happening, but again without any outside help even a bad reed should stay where it is.

Another possibility is that a piece of lint or dirt has gotten in there and is limiting the free flow of air, causing the flat note. If it’s in your pocket every now and then unprotected by a case, this may well be the issue 🙂

I hope that helps?

Mg