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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000873.txt from 1998/03

From: Bill Hausmann <>
Subj: Re: Re: Re: Vandoren Mouthpiece
Date: Sat, 14 Mar 1998 11:45:01 -0500

At 08:42 PM 3/13/98 EST, Tom Ridenour wrote:
>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
>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
Agreed, and I promise to hold all other things equal. :-) Now, which is
more free-blowing: close or open? And why? As I recall, playing my old
HS* was like trying to blow through an oak log!

Bill Hausmann
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