Klarinet Archive - Posting 000806.txt from 1997/09
From: bill.fogle@-----.com (Fogle, Bill)
Subj: Re: warped!
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 1997 13:33:39 -0400
I never thought about wet sanding. I can picture wet sanding a table
(usually with alcohol, etc.). How would you determine if the 8wet8 reed is
flat (you can't slide it across paper). It's good to know that my question
is shared by others. I've sanded for as long as I've been playing (always
dry sanding) and lately I've stopped. I just think all that sanding gets
lost as soon as the reed gets wet.
> From: DYungkurth@-----.com
> To: klarinet@-----.us
> Subject: warped!
> Date: Tuesday, September 16, 1997 11:46 AM
> Bill Fogle wrote;
> >If you determine that the flat bottom of a dry reed is warped (by
> >it on paper, etc.), and you sand the back to the point where it is again
> >flat, then you wet it and put it on the mouthpiece, doesn't wetting it
> >simply cause it to warp again? Stated another way, aren't one's chances
> >playing with a flat reed just as good by skipping the sanding?
> I was taught to do all the sanding on *wet* reeds, because you are really
> concerned that they be flat during playing, i. e., while wet. If they
> slightly warped when dry, but flatten when wetted, that's OK.
> So, my view is that if you do the sanding dry, the reed might very well
> when wetted, but you *should* sand wet rather than give up sanding.
> Also, during the sanding, flattening, drying process, the reeds should be
> dried bark side *down* with the flat area open to the air (rather than
> the flat side against glass). My experience is that this process
> extremely stable, non-warping reeds. Any reed that has once played well
> seems to "have a bad day" can generally be corrected by a few strokes on
> used 600 grit papaer, *while wet*.
> Don Yungkurth (DYungkurth@-----.com)