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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000316.txt from 1998/04

From: Mitch Bassman <>
Subj: Re: High & dry (climate, that is)
Date: Tue, 7 Apr 1998 13:23:11 -0400

At 08:23 AM 4/7/98 -0700, Jacqueline Eastwood wrote:
>My original plan,
>as others have suggested, was to have a couple of different strengths, and
>have some partially broken in to work on after arriving. Now I am
>concerned about which way to go, ...

I've never played in Colorado (so this idea may not be helpful), but I
haven't noticed any suggestions to buy a box (or two) of reeds of your
usual strength *after* you get to Colorado and then adjust them to your
specific needs. Those reeds will have already been acclimated to the local
altitude and humidity. I suspect that part of the problem with transporting
your bought-in-Arizona or adjusted-in-Arizona reeds to the new environment
is that they will continue to change for several days after you arrive
until the fibers stabilize. (Of course, if you use hand-made reeds, you
might need to look for a local source of cane.)

Mitch Bassman
Burke, Virginia, USA

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