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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000611.txt from 1998/03

From: George Kidder <>
Subj: Re: Reed thickness
Date: Tue, 10 Mar 1998 09:12:31 -0500

I can believe either or both may be correct, at different times maybe, since
I suspect that the regular and thick-blank reeds are cut on different
machines, or at least with different settings on the same machine, and
therefore would be of different thicknesses and therefore different
(playing) hardness. (By "hardness" and "softness" I mean the characteristic
supposedly ranked by the reed number.) But if they were the same physical
thickness, would the thick blank reed, if it is less dense, be also a softer
reed? (And remember, we havn't yet settled on whether that assumption is true.)

I can see a research project here, for which I don't have the time.

>Date: Mon, 9 Mar 1998 14:27:15 -0600 (CST)
>From: Roger Garrett <>
>Subject: Re: Reed thickness
>On Mon, 9 Mar 1998, Shouryu Nohe wrote:
>> Your analysis actually makes a great deal of sense, since V12s, being
>> thicker, are generally half a strength softer than regular Vandies. For
>> quite some time, I had been pondering why a thicker reed would be softer,
>> but now I know...
>I have always found the V12's to be a 1/2 size.
>Roger Garrett

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