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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000331.txt from 1998/03

From: JP <peltzer@-----.DE>
Subj: Re: Mould on reeds
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 1998 14:43:14 -0500

> After 25 years of teaching and professional playing in New Zealand, I have
> a problem, which I have not yet managed to solve, so I thought I would
> submit it to the List .
> I have a student in the intermediate/advanced range, who has a problem
> with black mould on her reed - mostly in the middle of the vamp. It seems
> to take about a week for it to occur. We have tried several ways of
> stopping it. Currently, she keeps her reeds in the refrigerator! Has
> anyone
> a suggestion as to how to improve this. She has used reedholders, claims
> to
> dry off her reed after use. I have suggested a better routine for
> preparing
> her reeds for use. She is currently using Mitchell Lurie reeds, as an
> alternative to Van Doren! I also gave her some OLD (10 - 15 years)
> Olivieri
> reeds, which seemed to last a little better.
> It can be very humid here in Auckland, so that may add to the problem.
> However I have never had this problem in such a persistent fashion before.

> Any suggestions?

What kind of Reed Box does she use?
I heard of some Vandoren Boxes in which Reeds can get mouldy?

> David Adlam
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