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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000868.txt from 1998/03

Subj: Re: Re: Re: Vandoren Mouthpiece
Date: Sat, 14 Mar 1998 11:44:56 -0500

In a message dated 3/13/98 6:42:47 PM, you wrote:

<<At 09:31 AM 3/13/98 EST, Tom (Ridenour?) wrote:
>Why would more closed be necessarily "brighter"? Wouldn't
>the reed strength for the particular mouthpiece make
>more difference (in general, a stiffer reed for a more
>closed mouthpiece)?
>A closer tip opening does not automatically preclude the use of harder reeds
>and mean that the mouthpiece will be freer blowing. Curve length, interior
>design, window size , rail thickness, curve proportions, and subtle shapes
>within the mouthpiece curve itself also play significant roles in determining
Doesn't a closer tip opening REQUIRE (or at least strongly suggest) a
stiffer reed? And I would have though a more OPEN facing would be
freer-blowing. Am I confused?

The closer tip does not require the reed to travel or bend as much for closure
which results in tone. The more open tip requires more flexibility in the
reed for closure----that is a softer reed.
A closer tip will requre a stiffer reed IF, IF, IF all other things are equal.

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