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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000623.txt from 1999/01

From: Ryan Bassette <>
Subj: [kl] Reed question
Date: Thu, 14 Jan 1999 14:15:56 -0500

I have a problem. I decided to spend 12 bucks at the local music store for
a box of ten vandoren strength 3 reeds (couldn't sell me any singles).
Basically I wanted to see if there was a difference between these and the
cheapo Rico bottom lines I had been using(also strength 3). I got home and
soaked a few and tried to blow on them and alas I get more breath noise
than anything else and, eventually, a headache. Apparently these are
stronger reeds than what I'm used to and now I'm wondering if I can salvage
these by some sort of treatment or breaking in. Now I'm not even sure why I
insisted on the 3's as opposed to 2's (which the guy in the store
suggested). I figured it would be more of a 'workout' and thus lend itself
to quicker development but obviously if I get so discouraged with my tone
that I throw the horn out the window I've completely defeated the purpose.

Oh well, I'm hoping there is something I can do with these things to make
them playable, any advice would be welcomed!!

Premed KSC NH

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