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The Ultimate in Reeding

RS Berkeley's Ultimate ULT19
RS Berkeley’s Ultimate ULT19

RS Berkeley’s Ultimate ULT19 reed-sculpting tool is designed to help players shape and balance their reeds for maximum vibration and performance. It features a wood handle and a hand-lapped and -shaped curved blade, and works with both single and double reeds. Learn more and find demo/instructional videos at the company’s website.

$39 street | rsberkeley.com

Emile Menasché

Musician, journalist, and author Emile Menasché has composed soundtracks for Oscar- and Emmy-nominated documentaries. He is jealous that his dog Hudson gets more attention from passersby whenever they’re seen in public together.