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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000201.txt from 1997/12

From: Jack Kissinger <>
Subj: Re: Reed cases
Date: Fri, 5 Dec 1997 12:40:55 -0500

The little black circles of mold that develop on the backs of your reeds
if you forget to clean reedguards out with bleach every month or so do
not seem to degrade the reeds' sound either. Come to think of it
though, my 10-year old daughter (who also uses a reedguard) needs a
project for her science fair. Maybe we can try to concoct a double
blind test. (Yecch ;^) ).

Jack Kissinger
St. Louis
(Who has never noticed significant warpage on his clarinet reeds stored
in a reedguard.)

Roger Garrett wrote:
> Bill points out the same question I was pondering......I never noticed
> sound degradation either. does one know if it is the dent or
> not? Take a good reed - play on it, determine it is great, then dent it
> and check it again???
> RG
> On Fri, 5 Dec 1997, Bill Hausmann wrote:
> > At 08:23 AM 12/4/97 PST, Jeff Chan wrote:
> > > My problem with Reedguards is the dent that they leave on the heart of
> > > the reed, and the resulting sound degradation. I have been using a
> > > Harrison case for many years now, and my reeds seem to appreciate it.
> > >
> > Yes, they will cause a dent if you jam the reeds in too firmly, but can you
> > document the "resulting sound degradation?"
> >
> > Bill Hausmann

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