- There is a reed already mounted on your mouthpiece when the instrument is shipped.  Reeds for the SYNTHOPHONE have to be specially prepared, to give input to the lip pressure sensor inside the mouthpiece.
- DO NOT USE standard reeds with the SYNTHOPHONE.
- Reeds have to be set exactly in place in order to perform well.

Take a little time to understand the function of the reed:

As you can see from the spare reeds supplied, there is a metal attachment mounted to each reed, which supports a small magnet at the tip of its protruding tongue. The height of this tongue is important for a proper function of the lip pressure sensor, since the magnet has to be very close to the sensor inside the mouthpiece. Mount the reed and bend the tongue as illustrated. The height of the tip can be measured by the width of a spare reed at its rear end.
After your instrument is properly assembled and the voltage on your power supply correctly set, connect it with the LONG MIDI CABLE supplied, the angled plug to the MIDI socket on the instrument and the other connector to the front end of the power box, where you see the power switch and the L.E.D. above it. Plug the power cord into your outlet and switch on power. The lamp inside the switch must now be "ON". The L.E.D should be dark, but may blink irregularly when the instrument isn't held completely still. Now connect the other MIDI cable from either of the 2 MIDI OUT sockets in the back of the SYNTHOPHONE power box to your synthesizer's MIDI IN socket. Make sure your synthesizer is connected to a sound system and switch on all necessary equipment.
You should be able to play your first notes on the SYNTHOPHONE.
If no sound is produced, refer to chapter 8 in this manual and/or your synthesizer manual.
Now read the following chapters about the use of additional functions built into the SYNTHOPHONE.