Advertising and Web Hosting on Woodwind.Org!

Klarinet Archive - Posting 000058.txt from 1997/12

From: Jennifer Rose McKenna <>
Subj: Re: New topic...when to transcribe?
Date: Tue, 2 Dec 1997 10:46:54 -0500

I guess that i seal my reeds differently. I soak the reeds over
days, 10 min. the first day, play for 5 min. soak 10 min. next day, seal
reads against a glass surface using the reverse side of a piece of sand
paper. soak reeds 15 min. nextday and rub down on sand paper until smooth.
play for 20 min. soak 15 min. forth day and play and adjust reeds. Maybe
i'm doing it wrong, but this process has worked pretty well for me. i have
had more luck with this. i played bass clarinet for 5 years, and used to
use the water logging process frequently, and it worked well with the
larger reed, but with the clarinet reeds i have found this to be less
productive, many time the reeds die out in about 2-3 days after i've
finished prepping them. then again, maybe i don't do it right?

jennifer mckenna
university of north texas
clarinet concentration/music ed major

On Mon, 1 Dec 1997, Josh-Boy wrote:

> Jennifer,
> Depending on what steps you take, this process you called "water logging"
> can be constructive or destructive. The process Shouryu described is one
> I use and I have noticed a large difference in my sound. It takes less
> air (with a given amount of air support, of course) to play on sealed
> reeds. The reason we seal our reeds is to seal up the pores in the wood.
> This way, more air goes through the instrument and less through the reed.
> Blowing on the reeds to check for pores is simply that: the process of
> sealing reeds that Shouryu explained deals mainly with soaking and sealing
> the reeds. One could go without blowing on the butt of the reed and still
> come out with good sealed reeds. And actually, my reeds have lasted me
> 25% longer by doing this. ^_^
> Josh Coleman

     Copyright © Woodwind.Org, Inc. All Rights Reserved    Privacy Policy    Contact