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Klarinet Archive - Posting 001635.txt from 1998/04

From: "Dan Leeson:>
Subj: [kl] Tenor sax reeds for bass clarinet
Date: Tue, 28 Apr 1998 16:02:35 -0400

> From: MX%"klarinet@-----.20
> Subj: tenor sax reeds for bass clarinet

> I'd like to hear more about using tenor sax reeds for bass clarinet.
> Specifically, should I be using the same strength sax reed as
> reed? What are other people's experiences?
> When I first started playing bass clarinet, a salesman convinced me to
> use tenor sax reeds. I got a box of 2 and a half's (forget the brand).
> The reeds were so hard I thought I was going to break my jaw.
> I'm using #3 VanDoren or Medium-hard La Voz bass clarinet reeds now -
> and they seem to work. But sometimes they are hard to find in Manitoba.
> It would be a lot simpler to buy tenor sax reeds if I knew they were
> going to work for me. I'd like hear what other people have learned
> before I go to the expense of experimenting on my own.

I never used anything but tenor sax reeds on bass clarinet. It was
Rosario Mazzeo who suggested it to me and it was a brilliant idea.
I can't tell you what strength you might need but you can diddle
around 'till you find the right strength. I think I used to use
Van Doren medium.

> Wayne Hajas
Dan Leeson, Los Altos, California
Rosanne Leeson, Los Altos, California

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