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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000014.txt from 1996/04

From: "Daniel A. Paprocki" <dap@-----.US>
Subj: reed tip
Date: Mon, 1 Apr 1996 15:19:30 -0500

With the Easter Bunny a week away, I made a startling discovery by
accident. As I was practicing in the kitchen while coloring easter eggs, I
accidentally droped my best reed into the green coloring. Not wanting to
waste $1.29 reed I thought I'd at least try the lime green reed to see if
it was salvageable. To my amazement it was better. The responce, tone,
tuning, everything - better.

I immediately ran and got my bag of old reeds that I'd saved since 1977
(when Vandoren ran out of "real" cane and started using old bambo lawn
furniture for the reeds shipped to the USofA). They all came to life! I
tried mixing colors - red, green, and purple seem to give the best mix of
tone, tuning, and a pleasing altisimo register.

The only drawback seems to be the vinegar taste that I continually
have in my mouth after playing (and my tongue is the color of whatever reed
I'm using) but hey who cares what it tastes like, when I can play the
Brahms the way it was meant to be played.

Dan
P.S.
Please send all unwanted chocolate easter bunnys to me (they don't
need the heads). Swiss milk chocolate prefered.

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Daniel A. Paprocki
dap@-----.us

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