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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000012.txt from 1999/01

From: "Karl Krelove" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Chirping Reeds
Date: Fri, 1 Jan 1999 21:01:00 -0500

It's probably a hard spot somewhere across an otherwise soft tip. You
probably like the response because of the tip's flexibility, but somewhere
there's a grain fiber that is not so flexible and is making the reed divide
into partials. You can try to find the spot and even it out with your
favorite tool (a piece of rush, a knife or sandpaper), but by the time you
find it you'll probably have destroyed the rest of the tip and have only
wasted time to show for the effort. The surest solution to the problem is to
ditch the reed and find another one that plays well without the chirp.

Karl Krelove

----- Original Message -----
From: Mark A. Bradley <>
Subject: [kl] Chirping Reeds

>I had found what seemed to be one of my best reeds but when articulating
>sometimes in the lower chalumeau especially when coming from a throat
>tone, it has a short "chirp" sound before the note speaks. This is
>heard even more when playing in middle clarion register especially when
>coming up from a throat tone.
>What's going on here? I don't think it is me because other reeds play
>fine without this happening. For the same reason I don't think it is my
>mouthpiece. How is this caused, and what can I do to fix it?
>Mark A. Bradley AIM: Brdly08
>Chazy, NY ICQ: 12875919 "It takes a long time
> Phone: (518)846-8836 --Pablo Picasso
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