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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000005.txt from 1994/09

From: Jim Freeman <collnjim@-----.EDU>
Subj: Re: reeds
Date: Thu, 1 Sep 1994 15:00:08 -0400

> On Tue, 30 Aug 1994, NICK WINKLER wrote:
> > Since we are on the subject of reeds, I'm curious. It appears that a
> > lot of you out there use Vandoren V12s. These seem to be about a buck
> > and a half each (better source, anyone?) Out of a box of ten, about how
> > many of these turn out to be performance quality?
> >
> > -Nick-
> >
> > * QMPro 1.52 * No matter where you go, there you are.
> > ------------------------------------------------------
> > Views expressed by this individual are not necessarily
> > those of the Tulare County Office of Education
> > ------------------------------------------------------
> >
> I've been playing on V-12s for about 5 years. Ever since I started
> buying them about a year ahead of playing on them (having stored them
> rubberbanded to a piece of plexiglass in a desk drawer during the year),
> I've gotten about one third to play pretty well. As a rule, I've tried
> to work on reeds once every week and never to play on the same reed for more
> than 10-14 days (usually 7). This has the effect of allowing my
> embouchure to adjust to playing on only one or two reeds during a week,
> being able to practice on good reeds (i.e. not succoming to the notion
> that if a reed is too good, I should "save" it for a concert, by which
> time the particular juxtaposition of climatic conditions and
> embouchure which made it a good reed could be very different.), and not
> having to go through the trauma of finally trying to find a replacement
> for a good reed which one has nursed through too many weeks of playing.
> Jim Freeman (

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