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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000636.txt from 1999/01

From: "Scott Morrow" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Reed question
Date: Thu, 14 Jan 1999 14:27:31 -0500

I'm also watching out for a response to this, because the same thing
happened to me a couple of years ago! I've heard that some mouthpieces
are optimized to work with Vandorens. Is this true? Is it possible that
mine just isn't?
-Scott (who has pretty good breath control, if he says so himself!)

>Date: Thu, 14 Jan 1999 10:34:34 -0600 (CST)
>From: Roger Garrett <>
>Subject: Re: [kl] Reed question
>On Thu, 14 Jan 1999, Ryan Bassette wrote:
>> Basically I wanted to see if there was a difference between these and
>> 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
>> 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
>> these by some sort of treatment or breaking in.
>I'm curious - have you worked with a private teacher? The problems you
>describe are not really reed related, although the Vandoren 3 will have
>thicker heart then the Rico 3. The problems you describe sound air
>related and, possibly, embouchure related (and how much mouthpiece you
>take in to your mouth).
>> 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).
>Why did the store recommend this? What kind of mouthpiece and clarinet
>are you playing on?
>> 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
>> that I throw the horn out the window I've completely defeated the
>Good thoughts. It will lead to quicker development of some muscles,
>it could amplify other problems or bad habits if those are present. I
>sure know what you mean about wanting to throw the horn out the window.
>Roger Garrett
>Professor of Clarinet
>Director - Concert Band, Symphonic Winds & Titan Band
>Advisor - Recording Studio
>Illinois Wesleyan University
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