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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000989.txt from 1997/12

From: Roger Garrett <>
Subj: Re: Reeds
Date: Wed, 24 Dec 1997 16:44:55 -0500

Antoine Clarke wrote:
> Of course I cure the blanks. You can put them in you mouth anywhere. You
> don't need time taken away from you to do that.

Curing the blanks does not mean putting them in your mouth.....except
after the sanding.

Curing Process (after blanks are formed from tubes, which takes several

Day 1: With blanks that are rough and thick, use 320 grit sandpaper to
sand the blank to 3.3 mm at the shoulder. Polish with 600 grit, wet in
mouth and dry on glass. Repeat this process with the remaining blanks 10
or more?

Day 2: Sand each blank with 600 grit sandpaper to a reflective polish on
the back. Soak in mouth and dry on glass. Repeat with remaining reeds.

Day 3: same as Day 2.

Day 4: same as Day 2.

Day 5: same as day 3.

Day 6: Cut and finish dimensions on the reed. Play test and adjust to
play on the hard side.

Day 7: Play and adjust.....don't overplay the reed (15 - 20 minutes max.)

Day 8: Play and adjust.....the sky is the limit in terms of time.

Total time on each reed (Five days of sanding, one day of finish
dimension, two days of adjustment) - approximately one hour. To make from
tubes, add 1-3 hours of additional time on the tube including planing the
blanks and forming dimensions with the correct tapers.

Anything less is decided by the individual, but anything less will be just
that much less of a premium handmade reed.......provided the cane is of
great quality.

Roger Garrett

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