Klarinet Archive - Posting 000062.txt from 1997/12
From: Roger Garrett <rgarrett@-----.edu>
Subj: Re: New topic...when to transcribe?
Date: Tue, 2 Dec 1997 11:38:50 -0500
Whatever works for you is the best method....if your reeds work on a
regular basis and you feel good about them and the process....if the wagon
aint broke.....good that you are working on them!
On Tue, 2 Dec 1997, Jennifer Rose McKenna wrote:
> 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