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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000278.txt from 1994/05

From: Jordan Selburn <jselburn@-----.ORG>
Subj: Re: Reeds. . . a general observation for your comments
Date: Tue, 17 May 1994 21:20:39 -0400

On Sun, 15 May 1994, Karen Noel-Bentley wrote:

> By the way, I have been trying Glotin's latest line of reeds, called
> GAIA. I don't think they're available in North America yet. There's a
> store in Montreal (Twigg Music) that orders them from France. These reeds
> seem much more consistent than Vandorens, with better cane and a good
> cut. They also seem to last longer. I highly recommend them! If you
> decide to try them, keep in mind that the numbers are different than
> Vandorens. Gaia 3 1/2's are similar to Vandoren 4 1/2's, and Gaia 3's
> seem to lie somewhere between Vandoren (V12) 3's and 3 1/2's.

Glotin Gaias are available through (at least) the Woodwind. Most of the
mail-order places carry Glotin, and probably have the Gaias as well.

I do have a question about the Gaia strengths:
Gaia 3 1/2 = Vandoren 4 1/2 (from Karen's message)
Gaia 3 = Vandoren V12 3 1/2
but the Vandoren V12s run about a 1/2 softer than the regular Vandorens
(i.e., a V12 3 1/2 is equivalent to a regular 3). The above would
indicate that the Gaia 3 1/2s are much, much harder than Gaia 3s. If
this is the case, it may be very difficult to find Gaias that are the
right strength.

who also won't be seeing anyone at the ClarinetFest as we're expecting a
child in early August and my wife for some reason doesn't want me to go.

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